Congressional Advisory Board
Mary L. Landrieu has been referred to as "one of the Senate's foremost leaders on education" by her colleagues in the Senate.
One Louisiana publication dubbed her "Military Mary" for her dedication to our armed services and her knowledge of defense issues. She has become a national voice on the importance of strengthening families through foster care and adoption. She is the state's senior senator, and a fiscal leader for the nation as a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
She is a working mother, each day balancing the joys of family life with the responsibilities of being a U.S. Senator.
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.
As the only Samoan ever elected to U.S Congress, Eni Faleomavaega has been representing the people of American Samoa since 1989.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Faleomavaega served as Deputy Attorney General for American Samoa from 1981 to 1984 and as Lieutenant Governor from 1985 to 1988. Currently in his 12th term, Representative Faleomavaega is a Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where he is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is the first Asian Pacific American to hold this position. Representative Faleomavaega is also a member of the Congressional Asia Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the Congressional Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Native American Caucus. He is also the Vice Chair of the Army Reserve Component of the National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout his two decades of service in the House of Representatives, Congressman Moran has demonstrated vigorous leadership in support of regional transportation solutions, the environment, women's issues, technology, fair and open trade, and fiscal discipline. He is also well known for his efforts to protect federal employees and military retirees.
Congressman Moran has left his mark on the region by boosting investments in federal research and development, particularly in Northern Virginia’s defense and technology sector which generate high paying jobs. He has successfully advanced procurement reform at the Pentagon, helped authorize and fund replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge and played an instrumental role in resolving the 1991 real estate credit crunch. Reflective of his commitment to the environment, Congressman Moran has advocated reducing harmful emissions from this region's antiquated coal-fired power plants, protecting green space and green infrastructure and restoring local streams to a more natural state. He continues to receive some of the highest ratings from the League of Conservation Voters and organizations committed to animal protection, gun control and human rights.
Congressman Moran holds a leadership role in the Democratic Caucus as a member of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Further, Moran also serves as co-chair of the Congressional Prevention Coalition, Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and heads the Task Force on Sovereign Wealth Funds, which was established to study issues surrounding sovereign wealth funds and their potential to affect geopolitics and the U.S. and international economies.
In the mid-1990's, Congressman Moran co-founded the New Democratic Coalition, a group of approximately 50 House Democrats committed to fiscal responsibility, free and fair trade, technology, and maintaining America's security and economic competitiveness.
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.
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.