Ami Bera

Ben Cardin

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE AMI BERA

D-CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 7

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VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER

PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 3/2/1965

EDUCATION: University of California at Irvine (B.A.); University of California at Irvine (M.D.)

OCCUPATION: Physician 

FAMILY: Married; One child

RELIGION: Unitarian Universalist 

CAREER:

  • U.S. House of Representatives (2013-present)
  • 1994-2004 Chief Medical Officer, Sacremento County Dept. Of Health & Human Services

COMMITTEES:

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology 

FIRST ELECTED TO FEDERAL OFFICE: 2007

 

ISRAEL


  • Supports the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in the areas such as water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supports Israel’s right to self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism
  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System
  • Supports a strong U.S.- Israel partnership in regards to cooperation in the areas of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies

CHOICE


  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy 
 

In His Own Words


“Women should be free to make the health care decisions that work best for them, and respect their own faith, family and personal circumstances. You can be sure that I will continue to fight every day to make sure that women – not bosses, not politicians – are in charge of their own health care.” 1

"Protecting access to reproductive health care is at the core of any doctor's oath." 2

“Ensuring the security of our friends in Israel is vital to maintaining stability in the Middle East and promoting democracy throughout the world.” 3

SOURCES: 1 www.bera.house.gov, 2 www.bera.house.gov, 3 www.bera.house.gov

Interesting Facts


Bera is the only Unitarian Universalist in Congress. 

He is the son of Indian immigrants and is a first generation American.