Experience: House: District 13, 1997-Present
Home State: California
Running: President, United States, 2016
Total Raised: $851,066Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Winning: Won with 0.00%
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    Full Name: Barbara J. Lee
    Gender: Female
    Family: 2 Children: Craig, Tony
    Birth Date: 07/16/1946
    Birth Place: El Paso, TX
    Home City: Oakland, CA
    Religion: Baptist


    Masters, Social Work, University of California, Berkeley, 1975
    BA, Mills College, 1973

Political Experience

    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1998-present
    Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives
    Senator, California State Senate, 1996-1998
    Won Special Election, United States House of Representatives, 1998
    Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 1990-1996
    Campaign Coordinator, Northern California, Shirley Chisholm for President, 1972

Current Legislative Committees

    Appropriations, Member
    Budget, Member
    Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Member
    Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, Member
    Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Member

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Member, Adoption Caucus
    Member, Arts Caucus
    Member, Bicameral Global AIDS
    Member, Bike Caucus
    Member, Brain Injury Task Force
    Member, California Commission on Status of Women
    Founder, California Commission on the Status of African-American Males
    Member, Caribbean Caucus
    Member, Caucus on India and Indian Americans
    Member, Commission on the Status of Women
    Member, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
    Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
    Member, Congressional Black Caucus Global AIDS Task Force
    Co-Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Haiti Task Force
    Member, Congressional Black Caucus Minority Business Task Force
    Co-Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Outreach Task Force
    Member, Congressional Black Caucus Outreach Task Force
    Member, Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
    Member, Congressional Caucus on Korea
    Chair, Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus (COPC)
    Whip, Congressional Progressive Caucus
    Member, Democratic Caucus
    Member, Democratic Immigration Task Force
    Member, Disability Caucus
    Member, Education and Job Training Task Force
    Member, Emergency Task Force
    Member, Ethiopia Caucus
    Member, Food Safety Caucus
    Member, Global Climate Change Caucus
    Member, Goods Movement Caucus
    Member, Health and Medicine Task Force
    Member, Hispanic Working Group
    Member, Historic Preservation Caucus
    Member, House Oceans Caucus
    Member, Human Rights Caucus
    Member, Hunger Caucus
    Member, International Conservation Caucus
    Member, Livable Communities Task Force
    Member, Malaysia Trade, Security, and Economic Cooperation Caucus
    Member, Mental Health Caucus
    Member, Native American Caucus
    Member, Organic Caucus
    Member, Poor People’s Caucus
    Member, Port Security Caucus
    Member, Pro-Choice Caucus
    Member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
    Member, Safe Neighborhoods Task Force
    Member, Sustainable Development Caucus
    Member, Task Force on Tobacco and Health
    Member, The Young Voter's Project
    Member, Universal Health Care Caucus
    Member, Vision Caucus
    Member, Women’s Caucus

Professional Experience

    Founder/Owner, Small Business, 1987
    Chief-of-Staff, Representative Ronald Dellums, United States House of Representatives, 1976-1986

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Member, Advisory Board, Alameda Boys Club
    Member, Black Women Organized for Political Action
    Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Black United Fund
    Board Member, California Coastal Conservancy
    Member, California Defense Conversion Council
    Chair, California Rainbow Coalition
    Member, District Export Council
    Board Member, Finance Committee, California Democratic Party
    Member, John George Democratic Club
    Member, League of Women Voters
    Chair, National Conference of State Legislatures, Women's Network
    President, National Conference of State Legislature, Women's Network
    Member, Niagara Democratic Club
    Founder, Ronald V. Dellums Democratic Club

Additional Information


    Friends of FACTS Award, Families to Amend California's Three Strikes, LA, 2002
    CWA Conference Award, 2001
    HIV/AIDS Community Service Award, African American Task Force, 2001
    Allen Temple Baptist Church Honors, 2001
    Humane Legislator, American Humane Association, 2002
    The Greenlining Academy Award, Greenlining Institutes 9th Economic Summit, 2002
    Auxillia Chimosoro Award, UCSF AIDS Research, 2001
    Certificate of Congratulations, Bay Capital Business and Professional Women, 2003
    Award of Appreciation, A Safe Place, 2003
    Union Heroine Award, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 2850, 2001
    Women of Color Resource Center Award, 2001
    HIV/AIDS Community Service Award, Alameda County Office of AIDS Ten Women Campaign, 2002
    Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award, Western States Legal Foundation & Tri-Valley Communities Against Radioactive Env., 2002
    Plaque, Society of American Law Teachers Board of Governors, 2002
    Certificate of Recognition, Imani Baptist Church, 2002
    Patriotic Service Award, 2001
    Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area, 2001
    Recognition, Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 2002
    Justice Clinton White Profile in Courage Award, 2002
    Honor, East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission, 2003
    Award, Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, 2001
    National Legislator of the Year, California Public Health Association, North, 2003
    Citizen of the Year Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2001
    Sean MacBride Prize, International Peace Bureau, 2002
    2001 Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area Award, City Flight News Magazine, 2002
    One Hundred Black Men of the Bay Area Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001
    Leif Eriksson Peace Award, Peace 2000 Institute in Reykjavik, Iceland, 2002
    MLK Celebration Award, Taylor Memorial Church, 2002 Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Policy Award, University of California, MSW Class of 1975, 2002
    Beloved Community Award, Community Learning Program at the University of Creation Spirituality, 2002
    Woman of Valor Award, Northern California Sections of the Negro Council of Negro Women, 2002
    Woman of the Year Award, Business and Professional Women's Federation Church of God in Christ National Chapter, 2002
    Edward F. Snyder Award, 2001
    Outstanding Community Service Award, 34th Annual Conference Sponsored by the National Association of Black Social Workers Inc., 2002
    Certificate of Appreciation, Economic Development Alliance for Business, 2001
    Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award, American Public Health Association in San Francisco, 2003
    A Season for Nonviolence Recognition Award, Redwood Sequoia Congress, 2001
    Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Award, 2001
    Dean's Appreciation Award, University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, 2001
    ANWR Award, Alaska Wilderness Coalition, 2001
    Howard Thurman Award, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, 2001
    Sisters of Fire Award, 2002
    Inter-Action's Congressional Service Award, 2001
    National Peacemaker Award, Houston Peace and Justice Center, 2003
    Aachen Peace Prize, Aachen Peace Foundation in Germany, 2002
    Who's Who in Congress Award, Bay Area Life Membership Committee 32nd Annual Banquet at the NAACP, 2003
    Physicians for Social Responsibility Award, 2003
    Woman of Achievement - Government Award, Isle City Business and Professional Women, 2003
    National Parks Conservation Association Award, 2001
    Humanitarian Award, 45th Annual City Wide Revival, Baptist Ministries Union of Oakland & Vicinity, 2002
    Mary Rhodes Award, Loretto Women's Network in Kansas, 2002
General Survey
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Support
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Oppose
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Support
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Support
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Oppose
7. Make voter registration easier

Strongly Support
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements
10. Expand the military

Strongly Oppose
11. Support & expand free trade

12. Support American Exceptionalism
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Oppose
14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Support
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Support
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Strongly Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Oppose
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Strongly Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Support
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Oppose
Total: 407
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
05/22/2017 H.R.2590 To authorize the Secretary of Education to carry out a program to increase access to prekindergarten through grade 12 computer science education. 05/22/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)
05/18/2017 H.Res.226 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace. 05/18/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa.  (All Actions)
05/17/2017 H.Res.332 Supporting the goals and ideals of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. 05/17/2017 Referred to House Education and the Workforce  (All Actions)
04/24/2017 H.R.1739 REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of 2017 04/24/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.  (All Actions)
04/07/2017 H.Res.262 Supporting the goals and ideals of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. 04/07/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
03/21/2017 H.Res.217 Supporting the goals and ideals of Social Work Month and World Social Work Day. 03/21/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)
03/17/2017 H.R.1290 Improving Access to Mental Health Act 03/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
03/10/2017 H.Res.176 Supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. 03/10/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
03/09/2017 H.R.1473 Prohibit Expansion of U.S. Combat Troops into Syria Act 03/09/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.  (All Actions)
03/01/2017 H.R.1289 Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr., Social Work Reinvestment Act 03/01/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)
02/27/2017 H.R.1230 To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)
02/27/2017 H.R.1229 Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force 02/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)
02/16/2017 H.R.1111 Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  (All Actions)
02/16/2017 H.Res.140 Condemning the appointment of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council and urging his immediate removal. 02/16/2017 Referred to House Intelligence (Permanent)  (All Actions)
02/16/2017 H.Con.Res.29 Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, and increased access to opportunity in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education. 02/16/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)
02/16/2017 H.Res.49 Recognizing the anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, honoring those who lost their lives in the earthquake and in Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, and expressing continued solidarity with the Haitian people. 02/16/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.  (All Actions)
02/10/2017 H.R.771 Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017 02/10/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
02/03/2017 H.R.334 Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2017 02/03/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.  (All Actions)
01/31/2017 H.R.331 States' Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act 01/31/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions)
01/25/2017 H.R.326 Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium Act 01/25/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
Total: 6880
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/13/2017 H.R.2895 To provide a requirement to improve data collection efforts.
06/13/2017 H.Res.383 To express support for recognition of June 2017 as National Orca Protection Month.
06/13/2017 H.R.627 Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017
06/12/2017 H.R.2886 To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to strengthen the provisions relating to child labor.
06/12/2017 H.R.2884 COVFEFE Act of 2017
06/12/2017 H.R.2877 To amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to prohibit any subsidy for flood insurance coverage for any property owned or operated by the President, and for other purposes.
06/12/2017 H.Res.380 Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
06/08/2017 H.R.2855 To amend title II of the Social Security Act to enhance Social Security benefits and maintain the commitment and the long-term solvency of the Social Security program.
06/08/2017 H.R.2854 To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to permit an individual who is subject to a requirement to present identification as a condition of voting in an election for Federal office to meet such requirement by presenting a sworn written statement attesting to the individual's identification, and for other purposes.
06/08/2017 H.R.2840 To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.
05/19/2017 H.Res.344 Recognizing the contributions of senior volunteers.
05/18/2017 H.R.2527 To amend title 11 of the United States Code to modify the dischargeability of debts for certain educational payments and loans.
05/18/2017 H.R.2526 To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reinstate the authority of the Secretary of Education to make Federal Direct Stafford Loans to graduate and professional students.
05/18/2017 H.R.2523 To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 with respect to the scope of employee pension benefit plans.
05/18/2017 H.Res.338 Recognizing the significance of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May as an important time to celebrate the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history of the United States.
05/18/2017 H.Res.337 Expressing support for designation of May as Stroke Awareness Month.
05/18/2017 H.R.1872 Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2017
05/18/2017 H.Res.239 Supporting ongoing efforts by the United States Government, in concert with the United Nations and the donor community, to respond to drought and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa.
05/18/2017 H.R.1477 No Taxpayer Funding for the Wall Act
05/18/2017 H.Res.128 Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.
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