Representative Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee has been the US Representative for California’s 9th congressional district (now the 13th) since 1998. She serves on the Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending. In 1990, Barbara was elected to the California State Assembly, where she served until 1996 when she was elected to the State Senate. Barbara was a strong advocate for women in the legislature, where she authored and passed the first California Violence Against Women Act. On September 15, 2001, amidst enormous pressure, Congresswoman Lee stood firm in casting her dissenting vote to granting President George W. Bush authority to start military actions – anywhere. A UC Berkeley and Mills College alumna, Barbara has long advocated for legislative action to end poverty. In 2013, she became chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, which crafts and advances legislation to lift millions of American families out of poverty and into the middle class.