Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jan Schakowsky

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

D-FLORIDA 23RD DISTRICT

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, GovTrack.us

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER

PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 9/27/1966

EDUCATION: University of Florida, MA & BA Political Science

OCCUPATION: Adjunct Professor

FAMILY: Married, 3 children

RELIGION: Jewish

CAREER:

  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 23, 2005-present
  • Chair, Democratic National Committee, 2011-2016
  • Chief Deputy Whip, U.S. House of Representatives, 2006-2008
  • Senior Whip, U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-2006
  • Senator, Florida State Senate, 2001-2004
  • Representative, Florida State House of Representatives, 1992-2000
  • Democratic Leader Pro Tempore, Florida State House of Representatives, 2000
  • Democratic Floor Leader, Florida State House of Representatives, 1998-1999

COMMITTEES:

  • Appropriations Committee
  • Budget Committee

ELECTED: 2004

 

ISRAEL


  • Supports a two-state solution 
  • Committed to the survival of Israel as a Jewish State
  • Believes in the need to continually strengthen and renew the strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

 

CHOICE


  • Supports acccess to safe abortion and birth control
  • Author of Education & Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, to promote education and awareness of breast cancer.
  • Member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus - longtime defender of women's reproductive freedom

 

In Her Own Words


"I am a staunch supporter of the State of Israel and her citizens’ right to live in peace and security. Since Israel’s independence in 1948, the United States and Israel have shared a special relationship based on our shared values of personal freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. Israel has blossomed from desert sands into a shining example of economic progress and cultural diversity – all while under the threat of attack from hostile neighbors." 1 

"Healthy and safe women create healthy and safe homes, communities, and nations. I will always fight for policies that allow women and their families to remain healthy and free from violence." 2 

"Healthy and safe women create healthy and safe homes, communities, and nations. I will always fight for policies that allow women and their families to remain healthy and free from violence." 3 

SOURCES: 1) www.wassermanschultz.house.gov  2) www.WassermanSchultz.House.gov  3) www.VoteSmart.org

Interesting Facts


Became Florida's first Jewish Congresswoman when elected.

Two months after arriving in Washington, DC, became a vocal opponent of President George W. Bush's involvement in the Terry Schaivo case, saying “Congress is not the appropriate venue to decide end-of-life or any private, personal family dispute.”