Barbara Lee

Born Jul 16, 1946

Barbara Jean Lee is the U.S. Representative for, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated . She is a member of the Democratic Party. She was the first woman to represent the 9th district and is also the first woman to represent the 13th district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Lee.


1946 Birth Born on July 16, 1946.


1960 13 Years Old She moved from Texas to California in 1960 with her military family parents, and attended San Fernando High School in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles. … Read More


1973 26 Years Old 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. … Read More


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…  Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. … Read More
She was awarded the Seán MacBride Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau in 2002 for that vote. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old Lee was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election. … Read More
2005 59 Years Old Lee was one of only 46 Democrats to vote for the Online Freedom of Speech Act of 2005.


2007 61 Years Old Lee was one of only 13 Democrats to vote against an emergency supplemental appropriations bill in 2007 which, among other things, funded the war in Iraq but required withdrawal of U.S. forces to begin by October 1. … Read More
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Economic On September 29, 2008, Lee was one of 95 Democrats to vote against the defeated Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old …  In 2010, Lee took the food stamp challenge and also appeared in the documentary film Food Stamped.
2014 68 Years Old In 2014, Lee received endorsements from the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, J Street PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Sierra Club, and United Auto Workers.
2016 70 Years Old In 2016, GovTrack's 2015 Report Card on members in Congress ranked Barbara Lee as the 3rd most progressive member of the House of Representatives.
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