Congressional Advisory Board
Karen Bass was elected to Congress as the Representative from California's 33rd Congressional District in November 2010 with 86 percent of the vote.
From her experience balancing California’s budget in the State Assembly, she was asked to serve on the House Budget Committee. In addition, she serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights. She was selected by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. She also serves as the national co-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Women LEAD organization, which recruits and raises money to support Democratic women running for Congress. Bass is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. http://bass.house.gov
Congresswoman Bordallo became a part of history when she was elected as the first woman to serves as Guam’s representative in 2003.
She was the also the first woman Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Guam Senator. Madeline spent her career giving back to the people of Guam as the President of the Federation of the Asia Pacific Women’s Associations, founder of the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs, and the Marinas Association for Persons with Disabilities.
Representative Bordallo is currently serving as vice chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific America Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional China Caucus. She is member on the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees; as well as the subcommittees for Readiness, Military Personnel, and Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs subcommittees.
Michael Everett Capuano is currently serving his fifth term as a Representative in Congress for Massachusetts' historic Eighth District.
The Eighth Congressional District includes Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea and approximately 70% of Boston. Congressman Capuano is a member of the Committee on House Administration, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Financial Services. He also serves on the House Democratic Leadership team as a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
In June of 2006 Mike was appointed Chair of the Committee on Organization, Study and Review to analyze the rules of the House Democratic Caucus and recommend changes.
At the age of thirty-three, Congressman André Carson won the special election on March 11th, 2008 to serve the Seventh Congressional District of Indiana.
Representative Carson followed in the footsteps of the woman who raised him, his grandmother, Congresswomen Julia Carson. He prides himself on the lessons he has learned from her and from being raised in a tough section of Indianapolis. He saw that many can lead down the wrong path of gangs and drugs without community support, which has shaped Congressman Carson’s commitment to improving schools, educational opportunities and neighborhood safety.
Prior to being elected, Representative Carson protected the community as a Local Board Investigative Officer for the Indiana State Excise Police. In 2006, Congressman Carson worked with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center in an anti-terrorism unit to keep his home state free from harm. Representative Carson also serves his home as a board member for the Citizens Neighborhood Coalition. As Congressman, he serves on the Financial Services Committee, which is responsible for watching over all of the nation’s housing and financial sectors.
Representative André Carson wants to use his new role as Congressman to advocate affordable healthcare legislation and to reasonably end the Iraq war.
In July 2009 Representative Judy Chu was elected to serve California’s 32nd District. Prior to taking office Rep. Chu received a Ph. D. in Psychology and taught for over 20 years at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College.
She has spent most of her career in elected roles on the Garvey School District Board of Education, Mayor of the Monterey Park City Council and California State Assembly. Rep. Chu became the elected the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in 2011 and serves on several Committees such as, Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access and Agricultural, Energy and Trade subcommittees, House Small Business Committee; as well as the House Judiciary Committee; where she serves on the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Intellectual Property, Competition and Internet Subcommittees.
She is also a major supporter for health and immigration reform.
On November 16th, 2006, the House Democratic Caucus unanimously elected Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina Majority Whip for the 110th Congress.
Representative Clyburn is the first South Carolinian and the second African American to ascend to the third ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Clyburn began his steady climb on Capitol Hill winning election as co-President of his freshman class. Six years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and to a seat on the coveted Appropriations Committee. In 2002, he was elected in a three-way race to serve as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and in January 2006, his peers unanimously elevated him to Chair of the Caucus.
Congressman Joseph Crowley was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 1998 to represent the Bronx- and Queens-based Seventh Congressional District.
Congressman Crowley has dedicated his life to serving the people of the Bronx and Queens. After graduating from Queens College, Joseph Crowley won a seat to the New York State Assembly in 1986 at the age of 24 and served in Albany until 1998.
In November of 1998, Assemblyman Joseph Crowley was elected to the 106th Congress to represent the Seventh Congressional District of New York. The district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, including the communities of Co-op City, Soundview, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park, Van Nest, Allerton, Parkchester, Throggs Neck, City Island, and Silver Beach in the Bronx, as well as Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and College Point in Queens.
A committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, aiding small businesses, and improving health care, and education.
Congresswoman Fudge is now serving in her third term, representing the citizens of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio . She was first elected in 2008 by special election, elected in the general election held that same month and again in 2010. She is highly respected by her congressional colleagues for her insight, wisdom, strategic thinking, and honesty. These characteristics were honed while serving as Warrensville Heights’ first African American female Mayor. As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work.”
Congresswoman Fudge is a strong advocate for policies that protect citizens’ rights, stimulate economic growth, support small business and encourage job creation. As a member of the Committee on Agriculture and a subcommittee ranking member, she has been focused on nutrition and feeding programs, urban farming and resources for traditional and non-traditional farmers. More specifically, Ms. Fudge continues her commitments to ending childhood obesity in a generation, stamping out hunger and monitoring the safety of our food supply. As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, she is a staunch advocate for quality public education for all students, effective investment in our workforce and protecting workers’ rights. Congresswoman Fudge also has a demonstrated record of advocating for the protection of Medicare and Social Security, and has been vocal in her opposition to laws that limit the rights of Americans to vote, especially laws that disproportionately impact seniors, minorities, the disabled, and students.
Congressman Green has served the greater Houston area of Texas since 2005. Representative Green has always been a leader of his community.
He was president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for about ten years. He also formed a program that fosters the relationships between corporations and minority small business called the, Houston Fair Share Program and co-founded the Black and Brown Coalition to bring together the African American and Hispanic communities.
One of Green's roles in Congress is an Assistant whip for the Democratic Party. He is serving on the Financial Services Committee, on the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology and Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises subcommittees. Congressman Green also remains passionate about working towards raising the amount of affordable housing in America.
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva is proudly serving his Fourth term for the Seventh Congressional District of Arizona.
His strong public service commitment to the seventh district started when he served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board. There he pursued teacher, employee and civil rights, and fought for an improved public education. Congressman Grijalva continued to push for the advancement of public education when he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors. With his new role on the board he established himself as a leader for the public health system and environmental issues.
As Congressman, he is a member of the Committee on Education and Labor, where he has focused his attention on the reform and funding of No Child Left Behind. Representative Grijalva also serves the Committee on Natural Resources as Chairman of the National Parks, Forest and Public Lands Subcommittee. As Chairman he dismissed the proposition to sell public lands and is working to reform the General Mining Law of 1872.
Representative Grijalva’s other priorities are the redeployment of the troops out of Iraq and back to their families, affordable health care, and promoting the use of alternative fuels.
Congressman Jim Himes is in his first term serving the people of the Fourth Congressional District of Connecticut.
He strives to enhance public education, tackle urban poverty, and support Hispanic advancement. Congressman Himes feels that a strong public school system is the foundation to a successful future and to become a good citizen. Representative Himes developed his belief in the public school system because of his own experiences. His public education earned him a place at Harvard and scholarship to Oxford University in England. Upon graduating Congressman Himes accepted a position at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he worked his way up to Vice President, while focusing on bringing business opportunities to Latin America.
After the tragedy of 9/11 Representative Himes decided to refocus his energy and created a non-profit organization to fight urban poverty called, Enterprise Foundation. With his determination, Enterprise financed the construction of thousands of affordable houses in the greater New York metropolitan region. At home in Connecticut Congressman Himes is a chair on the Housing Authority and a member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. As Congressman he serves on the Financial Services Committee.
Congressman Mike Honda represents California’s 15th Congressional District. He has been committed as a Congressman for a decade and devoted his life to public service.
Honda as served his community as a California State Assembly Member, Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, and San Jose Planning Commissioner. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador and part of the education system for over 30 years.
Representative Honda chaired the Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus for seven years and is the Co-chair of the Democratic Caucus’ New Media Working Group. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Budget Committee and founder of the Equity and Excellence Commission in the US Department of Education.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is an influential and forceful voice in Washington. She is serving her eleventh term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world. Considered by many as the “Voice of Reason”, she is dedicated to upholding the Constitutional rights of all people.
During Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s tenure in Congress she has served on various Committees including the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Judiciary. In the 110th and 111th Congress, Congresswoman Jackson Lee served as Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. As Chairwoman, Congresswoman Jackson Lee was a leader in support of enhanced technology, better intelligence, increased airplane cargo inspections, increased security for railroads, and implementation of the 9/11 Commission report. She has also served as the Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee. Congresswoman Jackson Lee is also a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee. She is now the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations – the first woman to ever hold that position on the Committee. She led the fight for passage of the Fair Sentencing Act and garnered unanimous support to amend the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill that created a day of honor for the return of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has authored several immigration bills, such as H.R. 750, the "Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act", which sets forth a comprehensive and humane solution to the immigration problem, introduced legislation to enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes with H.R. 254, the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, played a significant role in the renewal and reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, and contributed an amendment to the NASA reauthorization bill that will ensure equal access for minority and economically disadvantaged students to NASA’s education programs. In addition, Congresswoman Jackson Lee launched the Dr. Mae C. Jemison Grant Program to work with institutions serving minorities to bring more women of color in the field of space and aeronautics.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee has received numerous honors during her career in public service, including the US Dream Academy Legacy Award, the National Bankers Association Foundation Excellence Award, the Martin Luther King National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Champion of Courage Award, the Livingstone College Doctor of Humane Letters, the National Association of Negro Business Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award, the Award for Policy at the 16th Annual Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards, the Drum Major Award for Public Service by the Revelation Urban Development Institute, the National Minority Quality Forum Lifetime Achievement Award and the Houston Community College Joyce M. Reynolds award just to name a few. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to Science, the National Technical Association (NTA) of Scientists and Engineers honored the Congresswoman with its Top Women in the Sciences Award. She was also awarded the "Legislator of the Year" by the National Mental Health Association for her outstanding work on mental health legislation.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a frequent guest on network and cable news including Face the Nation and MSNBC. She is a founder, member, and co-chair of the Congressional Children's Caucus and has served several years as a member of the Democratic Caucus Health Care Task Force. Additionally, she serves on numerous Caucuses including the Azerbaijan Caucus, the Pakistan Caucus, and the Afghan Caucus. She has been hailed by Ebony magazine as one of the "100 Most Fascinating Black Women." "Congressional Quarterly" named her as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress and "U.S. News and World Report" named her as one of the 10 most influential legislators in the House of Representatives. Her hometown newspaper, the "Houston Chronicle" named her as one of the most influential and prolific legislators on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she was named the Member of Congress with the largest and most impressive vocabulary based on the words that may be found on the SAT. Congresswoman Jackson Lee has served in a number of positions in the Congressional Black Caucus including 1st Vice Chair, Chair of the Energy Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Redistricting Task Force for the 112th Congress. She also represents the Congressional Black Caucus on immigration reform issues.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University with honors, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. She is married to Dr. Elwyn Lee who is an Administrator at the University of Houston. She has two children Jason Lee a graduate of Harvard University and Erica Lee a graduate of Duke University and a Member of the Harris County School Board in Houston, Texas.http://jacksonlee.house.gov/
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson represents Texas's 30th Congressional District, which is entirely within Dallas County and encompasses a large portion of the city of Dallas...
as well as the entire cities of Desoto, Lancaster, Wilmer, Hutchins, and Balch Springs. Portions of the cities Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Ferris, and Ovilla and are also in the district. Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress.
She is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 120 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President.
Congressman Hank Johnson is in his fourth term as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes parts of DeKalb, Rockdale, Gwinnett and Newton counties.
A champion of fairness for working American families, Representative Johnson has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field and create opportunity. He has consistently supported legislation to ensure that all Americans have access to employment opportunities and affordable health care. He has championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and support for public safety.
Congressman Johnson is a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. His work on behalf of veterans includes job fairs, veterans’ benefits town halls, legislation to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and soldier suicides and maintaining veteran education benefits.
Congressman Johnson believes in a more humane immigration policy and is committed to helping create a pathway to citizenship for outstanding young people, law-abiding immigrants and the next generation of innovators and job creators.
One of the earliest congressional supporters of Barack Obama, he served as co-Chair of the Obama Presidential Campaign in Georgia in 2008.
In 2009, he was honored by his colleagues on Judiciary when he was elected Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, an unusual achievement for a sophomore legislator. His subcommittee oversaw policy related to administration of the Federal courts and anti-trust. In the 111th Congress, he also served as Regional Whip on the House Leadership team. He was elected Whip of the Progressive Caucus in the 112th Congress.
Prior to his election as District 4 representative, he served twelve years as a DeKalb County magistrate judge, five years as a county commissioner and three years as chair of the DeKalb budget committee. As a commissioner, his first official act in 2001 was to address the issue of predatory lending and foreclosures.
With a heavy emphasis on quality constituent services, in addition to his Washington office, he has established a district office in Lithonia where he has secured more than $7.4 million for constituents seeking help with federal agencies. His district staff handles thousands of cases annually helping citizens to navigate the federal bureaucracy.
Rep. Johnson practiced civil and criminal law in DeKalb County for twenty-seven years. A staunch supporter of public education, he is a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools, Clark College and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.
On April 9, 2013, Robin Kelly was elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District. Since then, Kelly has worked tirelessly to promote national safety and expand economic opportunity, sponsoring numerous bills to generate job growth and end senseless gun violence. Kelly’s first legislation, Improving Gun Safety Standards Act, a common sense reform bill, would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for guns and ammunition that will help reduce gun-related deaths.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kelly currently serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs and National Security Subcommittees. She also serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee.
As a former Illinois state representative and government administrator, Kelly brings extensive legislative and leadership experience to the 2nd Congressional District. She successfully sponsored bills to protect consumers from fraud, support economic development and increase the minimum wage. She also led the fight for landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and improve public safety.
Before her election to Congress, Kelly was chief administrative officer of Cook County, where she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and implementing policy for the second largest county in the United States. Earlier, she served as chief of staff of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, becoming the first African-American woman to hold that position in a constitutional office in Illinois.
During her term as chief of staff, Kelly pursued a progressive agenda rooted in promoting small business job creation, investment strategy innovation, and advancing financial literacy in underserved areas. She also helped transform the Treasurer’s Office – an agency that managed as much as $17 billion in state funds – by improving efficiencies, streamlining expenses and demanding stronger ethical guidelines.
Besides her Congressional committee assignments, Kelly belongs to the Congressional Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus. She also serves on a number of boards, including the Northern Illinois University Political Science Advisory Board, Rich Township Food Pantry, the Board of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and serves as a Bradley University Trustee. In 2009, she was inducted into the university’s Centurion Society for honored alumni. She also is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
A New York native, Kelly moved to Illinois after high school to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling. She later received a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.
Kelly lives in Matteson with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn, and has two adult children, Kelly and Ryan.http://robinkelly.house.gov/
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to represent California's ninth Congressional District in 1998, in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums.
After serving on the International Relations and Financial Services Committees, in 2007 she joined the House Appropriations Committee, which controls the federal purse strings and is widely viewed as one of the most powerful committees in Congress. She serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, the Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. She is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and a Senior Democratic Whip.
She also serves as Co-Chair of the CBC Outreach Task Force.
During his two-decade tenure as a city council member and California legislator, Congressman Alan Lowenthal's dedication to common-sense bipartisan solutions earned him a reputation among his colleagues and constituents as one of the most respected and effective legislators in both Long Beach and Sacramento.
Born March 8, 1941, Congressman Alan Lowenthal was raised in the Queens Borough of New York City. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he moved to Long Beach, California in 1969 where he taught Community Psychology at California State University, Long Beach until 1998.
Congressman Lowenthal successfully ran for Long Beach City Council in 1992, where he served for six years. He then continued his leadership in Sacramento, first serving three terms as a State Assembly member, then two terms as a State Senator.
As a city council member, and then as a state legislator, the Congressman fought against the then-commonplace private and public sector belief that environmental protections and economic success at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles were mutually exclusive. His landmark environmental legislative efforts helped lead the two adjacent ports becoming the cleanest and greenest ports in the world, while remaining the busiest and most successful container ports in the Western Hemisphere. The green business model advocated by the Congressman instituted by the two ports has become a role model for ports throughout the world.
Congressman Lowenthal is currently the U.S. House Representative of California's newly-created 47th Congressional District, which includes portions of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, and Buena Park.
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is currently serving her tenth term in Congress, representing parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties.
She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lowey has been described as "courageous" by The New York Times, "terrific" by Newsday, and one of "New York's key Members of Congress" by the New York Daily News. The Journal News called Lowey "one of the most influential Members of Congress."
A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where she serves as Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and the House Homeland Security Committee, Lowey is as an extremely effective, committed legislator with a substantial record. Congressional Quarterly called her one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, saying she "maneuvers skillfully through the appropriations process," and Newsday said she "delivers for New York."
New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is a national leader with extensive accomplishments on security, financial services, the economy and women's issues.
She also has been a force representing the interests of the City of New York in Congress from the time she entered, in 1993. In the 110th Congress, Maloney became Chair of the House Financial Service Committee's Financial Institutions Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the nation's banking system. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also appointed her Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation's most pressing economic issues.
In addition, Maloney is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Betty McCollum is a Democrat serving her fourth term in Congress representing the families of Minnesota's Fourth District.
In 2000 McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to Congress since statehood in 1858. In Washington, McCollum serves the residents of Minnesota's capital city, St. Paul, as well as Ramsey County, northern Dakota County and western Washington County. Throughout her public career, Betty McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access and fiscal responsibility.
In Congress, McCollum is also working to defend workers' rights and civil liberties at home, while ensuring human rights are protected around the world. In the 110th Congress, McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her two powerful committee assignments - the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
A veteran, physician, and former Foreign Service Medical Officer, Congressman Jim McDermott has represented the Seventh District of Washington State since 1988.
As Chair and Founder of the Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS, he uses his medical knowledge and wealth of experience to tackle issues related to the AIDS epidemic. Rep. McDermott is also a senior Member of the Ways and Means Committee and has championed the single payer healthcare movement while fighting reductions to Medicare and Medicaid. Jim McDermott received a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College in 1958 and a medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1963.
He served in the U.S. Navy before being elected to the Washington State Legislature in 1970 and State Senate in 1974. While in the State Legislature, he crafted the Washington Basic Health Plan, the first state program to provide low-cost health insurance to the working poor and unemployed.
After working as a small business owner for 27 years, Representative Mark Meadows brings a business-style approach to Washington, D.C.
From owning and selling a successful restaurant to building a development company, Mark understands what the 63.7 million people in the United States who are self-employed or work for small businesses need to grow their businesses. He believes real job creation comes from the private sector, not the federal government. Mark recognizes that regulations are stifling job growth in this country and without a budget to set spending priorities, our federal government will continue to spend beyond its means.
While serving on the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Transportation and Infrastructure, Mark will hold the government accountable, protect American citizens and interests abroad, and ensure we have a modern transportation network which meets the needs of Western North Carolina and our country as a whole.
He is dedicated to providing top-notch constituent services to North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and committed to upholding his Christian values and conservative principles while serving in Congress.
Mark lives in Jackson County with his wife Debbie. They have two college-age children, Blake and Haley.http://meadows.house.gov
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks represents New York's Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
The Sixth District, the wealthiest African-American congressional district in the country, covers all towns and villages of Jamaica and most of southeast Queens -- and includes all of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Now serving in his fourth full-term, Meeks was elected to the House on February 3, 1998.
He is a member of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services and the much sought after Committee on International Relations. Meeks is a Member of the New Democrats Caucus and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), pro-business moderate Democratic organizations in the House and Senate.
Grace Flores Napolitano was first elected to Congress in November, 1998. She is currently serving her fifth term representing California's 38th District.
Her Los Angeles County-based district covers several cities in the Southeast and San Gabriel Valley areas including Norwalk, Pomona, Santa Fe Springs, La Puente, the City of Industry, Montebello, and Pico Rivera, plus the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Puente Valley, and parts of Whittier, East Los Angeles, Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, and Valinda. Napolitano made her way up through the ranks of Ford Motor Company for 21 years.
Following her retirement in 1992, she was elected to the California Assembly, and emerged as a recognized leader on international trade, environmental protection, transportation and immigration. She quickly earned a reputation as a hard worker and champion for small business, women, economic expansion and job creation.
In 1996 she requested and received the creation of the first new California State Assembly Standing Committee in nine years, the Committee on International Trade, which she chaired until being termed out in 1998. In her six years in the Assembly, she also served as chair of the Women 's Caucus and vice-chair of the Latino caucus.
As a Newark native, the Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr. has worked as a tireless advocate for New Jersey’s working families for over two decades, fighting to create jobs, increase health and economic security, and invest in education.
Congressman Payne, Jr. was first elected to Congress in November 2012 in both a special election and general election following the untimely death of his father, respected former Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., who represented New Jersey’s 10th District for twenty-three years and who also served on HDI’s Congressional Advisory Board. Congressman Payne, Jr. served out the remainder of his father’s term in the 112th Congress, fighting to provide the people of New Jersey with much needed Hurricane Sandy Relief and negotiating to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff.
In the 113th Congress, job creation and security are at the forefront of Congressman Payne’s agenda. Congressman Payne, Jr. was asked to sit on the Committee on Homeland Security where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications. In representing New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, which is home to Newark Liberty International Airport, the New Jersey Transit Authority, and Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, Congressman Payne, Jr. works to increase transportation security, water security, chemical hazard prevention, and emergency preparedness to ensure that the people of New Jersey are protected and that businesses that conduct trade at our ports have the security and efficiency they need to effectively engage in commerce.
In addition, Payne serves on the Committee on Small Business where he fights to expand access to capital for small business owners and boost jobs training so that our workers have the skills to compete in an advancing global economy. Further, as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where his father once proudly served as chairman, Payne works to stabilize our housing market, reduce racial and ethnic health and educational disparities, reduce gun violence, and create a fair and just immigration system so that our communities are a better place to work and live.
Pedro Pierluisi is a member of the Democratic Party and Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner.
He is the sole representative in Congress of the four million American citizens who reside on the Island.He is an attorney from San Juan with 24 years of experience. He is a graduate of Tulane University and George Washington University Law School.
He began his career in Washington, D.C. and spent six years as a litigation attorney in the nation’s capital.As an active Democrat, he endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President and served as Co-Chair of Obama’s campaign in Puerto Rico.
Pierluisi, son of former Puerto Rico Housing Secretary Jorge Pierluisi and Doris Urrutia, has four children and is married to Maria Elena Carrión.
Congressman Adam B. Schiff represents California's 29th Congressional District, including the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City.
During his tenure in Congress, Schiff has focused on bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, and introducing a "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve education, safety, and health care for our kids. Rep. Schiff has been a leader on national security efforts and has pushed for a broader strategy that emphasizes diplomacy, intelligence reform, and efforts to improve our nation's ability to stabilize countries to prevent future failed states from becoming havens for terrorists.
He has pressed for the adoption of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission recommendations, cosponsoring a measure that implements the recommendations, which passed the House this year.
Congressman Albio Sires represents New Jersey’s Thirteenth Congressional District and is the first Hispanic legislator to be named Assembly Speaker, as well as the first Cuban.
He was born in 1951 in Bejucal, Cuba and fled with his family to West New York in 1962; where he would later go on to serve as Mayor until 1995. Congressman Sires has made his mark on New Jersey by improving the opportunities for low-income workers by raising minimum wage, broadening job training programs, and creating a state funded Section 8 program for affordable housing.
Representative Sires also has a passion for educational development, which has lead him to create the STARS I and STARS II programs in New Jersey. These programs grant full county and state college scholarships and increase tuition aid to families. Congressman Sires has also created the Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness, and wrote the law to prevent terrorist in New Jersey from obtaining fake driver’s licenses. Congressman Sires achievements earned him the “Community That Works” award from the State of New Jersey.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is serving her tenth term in for the Thirty-fifth District of California, which represents most of South Central Los Angeles, Westchester, Playa Del Rey, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, and Lawndale.
Congresswomen Waters has dedicated thirty years to public service and is known as one of the most influential women in politics. She strongly supports women, children, minority rights, and the poor. Representative Waters has brought attention to the urban problems of cities across America by channeling the media and her fellow government officials.
Her legislative and policy achievements on similar fronts include the nation’s first state wide Child Abuse Prevention Training, affirmative action legislation, the nation’s first plan closure law, and loan guarantees to cities for economic and infrastructure development. The congresswoman has served on the Democratic National Committee since 1980 and was a leader in five presidential campaigns. Congresswomen Waters is also the co-founder of Black Women’s Forum, a non-profit organization for African American Women in the Los Angeles area.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has been a voice for the voiceless. Her lifelong desire for standing up for our most vulnerable populations is rooted in her faith, family, and passion for public service.
In 1998, Wilson successfully ran for a seat in the Florida State House of Representatives, where she served as Minority Whip for four years until 2002. From 2002 to 2010, she served in the Florida State Senate, where she served as Minority Leader Pro Tempore and as Minority Lead Whip. She soon became known as the “Conscience of the Senate” for her willingness to tackle historically ignored issues. Her achievements include working with Republican Governor Jeb Bush to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol, mandating HIV/AIDS testing for newly-released prisoners, opposing high-stakes standardized testing , pushing for a ban of the term “illegal alien” in state public records, and partnering with Republican Governor Charlie Crist to restore voting rights for ex-felons. Wilson has a long history of working with her colleagues across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation.
Wilson has been heralded by such diverse groups as the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the American Cancer Society, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, NAACP, and her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she served as the Director of the South Atlantic Region for four years and as Director of AKA Connections, the political action arm, for six years. She is also a 25 year member of the prestigious LINKS, Inc.
In 2010, Wilson emerged from a competitive nine person primary to win election overwhelmingly to represent the 17th District of Florida in the United States House of Representatives. The 17th District includes Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. In Congress, she serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she is focused on America’s role on the global stage, particularly in Haiti and the Caribbean. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, she is committed to bringing jobs back to our communities and increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Energy, and Math) funding for our schools.