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Barbara Lee


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
April 7, 1998
Preceded by Ron Dellums
Succeeded by Incumbent (2007)

Born July 16, 1946 (1946-07-16) (age 61)
El Paso, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse None
Religion Baptist

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California's 9th congressional district (map) and is the first woman to represent that district. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 486 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1956 × 2412 pixel, file size: 1,010 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Barbara Lee... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The 9th Congressional District of California is a Congressional District that currently covers a significant portion of the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Ronald Vernie (Ron) Dellums (born November 24, 1935), U.S. Democratic Party politician, is the mayor of the City of Oakland, California. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... El Paso redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... The 9th Congressional District of California is a Congressional District that currently covers a significant portion of the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. ...


Congresswoman Lee was born in El Paso, Texas. She moved from Texas to California in 1960 with her military family parents, and attended high school at San Fernando High School, San Fernando, California. She was a young single mother of two receiving public assistance when she began attending college.[1][2] Congresswoman Lee was educated at Mills College and received an M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.[3] While a student at Mills College, she was a volunteer at the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party's Community Learning Center and worked on Panther co-founder Bobby Seale's 1973 Oakland mayoral campaign[4]. Lee was a staff member for United States Representative Ron Dellums and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the House. She ran for Congress in a special election that created a year-long series of five special elections as various East Bay politicians vied for political office. For a detailed account of these elections, see Special election musical chairs. Lee has two sons, Tony and Craig, both of whom work in the insurance industry. Tony is a partner in Dickerson Employee Benefits, the largest African-American owned insurance brokerage consulting firm in the United States. El Paso redirects here. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Fernando (Spanish for Saint Ferdinand) may refer to: Argentina San Fernando, Buenos Aires, city of the Greater Buenos Aires. ... Founded in 1852 and established in Oakland, California, in 1871, Mills College is an independent liberal arts womans college, with graduate programs for women and men. ... The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a type of masters degree which is received from a graduate school that has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African American organization founded to promote civil rights and self-defense. ... Bobby Seale Bobby Seale (born October 22, 1936) is an American civil rights activist, who along with Dr. Huey P. Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party For Self Defense in 1966. ... Ronald Vernie (Ron) Dellums (born November 24, 1935), U.S. Democratic Party politician, is the mayor of the City of Oakland, California. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... Special Election Musical Chairs is a term used by editorialists to describe a series of special elections triggered by the mid-term resignation or death of an officeholder, with elections being won by other officeholders, triggering further special elections until either the next election required to replace a vacant office...


Lee gained national attention in 2001 as the only member of congress to vote "No" on the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), stating that she did not because she opposed action but because she believed the AUMF as written granted overly-broad powers to wage war to the president at a time when the facts regarding the situation were not yet clear. She explained "It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events -- anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation's long- term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. In granting these overly broad powers, the Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration.... The president has the constitutional authority to protect the nation from further attack and he has mobilized the armed forces to do just that. The Congress should have waited for the facts to be presented and then acted with fuller knowledge of the consequences of our action." This vote made nationwide news reports and brought a large and extremely polarized response, with the volume of calls gridlocked the switchboard of her Capitol Hill office. While it appears to have reflected the beliefs of the majority of her constituents the majority of responses from elsewhere in the nation were angry, some referring to her as "communist" and "traitor". Enough responses included death threats against her or her family that the Capitol Hill Police provided round the clock plainclothed bodyguards.[5] She was also criticized by politicians and in editorial pages of conservative-leaning newspapers, e.g. John Fund's column in the Wall Street Journal.[6] Note: AUMF may refer to several authorizations granted by the United States Congress. ... John Fund Born 1957 in Tucson, Arizona. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


Lee is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only person in either house of Congress who voted against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks.[7]. This made her a hero among the anti-war movement, but also caused her to receive death threats.[8] Lee has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace. The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization representing African American members of the Congress of the United States. ... The Progressive Caucus is a group currently (as of 2005) consisting of fifty-four members of the United States House of Representatives that work together for progressive issues. ... // Unlawful combatant (also enemy combatant or unprivileged combatant/belligerent) is a concept describing a person who engages in combat without fulfilling the conditions that confer lawful combatant status according to the laws of war. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... The global peace movement refers to a sense of common purpose among organizations that seek to end wars and minimize inter-human violence, usually through pacifism, non-violent resistance, diplomacy, boycott, moral purchasing and demonstrating. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... The United States Department of Peace is a proposed cabinet-level department of the executive branch of the U.S. government. ...


She was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004. [1] The United States Electoral College is the electoral college which chooses the President and Vice President of the United States at the conclusion of each Presidential election. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Presidential election results map. ...


Rep. Lee is the main proponent of the H.R.176 Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational Exchange Act which proposes to spend U.S. tax dollars to educate students from Caribbean states. Of those responding to a poll 79% were against the legislation. The bill directs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a comprehensive program that extends and expands existing primary and secondary school initiatives in the Caribbean to provide: (1) teacher training methods; and (2) increased community involvement in school activities.[9]


Lee was ranked as the sixth-most liberal member of the House by the National Journal, based on roll-call votes on economic, social and foreign policy issues in 2006.[10] Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... National Journal is a weekly magazine that provides Insight for Insiders through nonpartisan reporting on the current political environment as well as emerging political and policy trends. ...


References

  1. ^ East Bay Daily News, November 16, 2006
  2. ^ San Francisco Chronicle Profile September 26, 2001
  3. ^ University of California, Berkeley
  4. ^ Oakland Tribune, October 8, 20006
  5. ^ Lee, Barbara. "Why I opposed the resolution to authorize force" San Francisco Chronicle September 23, 2001.
  6. ^ Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2001
  7. ^ Final Vote Results for Roll Call 342, U.S. House of Representatives. Accessed 7 April 2007.
  8. ^ House of Representatives
  9. ^ H.R. 176, The Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational Exchange Act of 2007, Washingtonwatch.com 2007
  10. ^ National Journal "liberal" ranking

April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

External links

  • U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee official House site
  • Barbara Lee at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Federal Election Commission — Barbara Lee campaign finance reports and data
  • On the Issues — Barbara Lee issue positions and quotes
  • OpenSecrets.org — Barbara Lee campaign contributions
  • Project Vote Smart — Representative Barbara J. Lee (CA) profile
  • Washington Post — Congress Votes Database: Barbara Lee voting record
  • Re-Elect Barbara Lee official campaign site

Articles The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all members of both houses of the United States Congress, past and present. ...

  • Alone on the Hill Mother Jones, September 20, 2001, interview with Barbara Lee
  • Permanent Occupation Rep. Barbara Lee, In These Times, September 29, 2005
  • A Progressive State of the Union Barbara Lee and Lynn Woolsey, In These Times, January 31, 2006
  • Text of Barbara Lee's dissent against the war in Afghanistan on the House Floor September 15, 2001
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Dellums
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th congressional district

1998–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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Barbara Lee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (318 words)
Barbara Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing the 9th District of California (map).
Lee was a staff member for United States Representative Ron Dellums and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the House.
Lee is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation | About Us | Biographical Information (497 words)
Barbara Lee is a revolutionary woman investing in revolutionary change by helping women become political leaders and powerful participants in our democracy.
Lee's support of programs such as the Barbara Lee Internship Fellows Program at Simmons College, is part of her overall mission to promote women's full political participation.
Lee is the proud mother of two grown children, Zach and Robbie, sons she says who have the self-confidence to value powerful women and their leadership.
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