Barbara Lee
American politician
Barbara Lee
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.
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Lawmakers Show Solidarity With Women's March On Washington
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Several lawmakers turned out for the Women’s March on Washington Saturday. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) showed up to support the estimated half a million women in the nation’s capital.  We’re standing with you, @WomensMarchSea, all the way in the other Washington! #SeaYouAtTheMarch #WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/i3I0D337eh — Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 21, 2017 Some members of Congress shared the personal reasons why they marched, including Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Co.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who marched with women from their districts. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) marched with his sister, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, the first Mexican-American congresswoman, said she marched for “all women.” Others sent messages of solidarity to the marchers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Congratulations to the women marching today. We ...
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Ashley Judd Explains Why Trump Triggers So Many Sexual Assault Survivors
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Watch: The AUMF Gives Donald Trump a Scary Amount of Military Power
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The people who elected Donald Trump thought the days of pay for play politics were over. They thought that Donald Trump would "drain the swamp." They thought this rogue maverick who didn't play by the rules was set to change the political game as we know it. They thought wrong. Unfortunately the progression erosion of our democratic values began long before Donald Trump took office. However, when Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States tomorrow, he will also be given more power than most people are aware of. This includes the power to cite a sixteen-year-old authorization called The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The bill was signed only three days after 9/11 by the George W. Bush Administration. It allows for the use of military force as justification for attacking nearly any community in the world. It's been used dozens of times since 2001, often for issues unrelated to 9/11 and Al-Qaeda. It's a scary amount of power and now we're giving it ...
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Congresswoman on why she's skipping Trump inauguration
CNN - about 1 month
Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee explained Monday why she's planning on skipping Donald Trump's inauguration, saying she doesn't support the President-elect's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, or incoming White House senior adviser, Steve Bannon, because of their controversial pasts.
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Democratic lawmakers are boycotting Trump’s inauguration
Yahoo News - about 1 month
More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers have announced they intend to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration this week to protest the president-elect’s plans for the country. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Yahoo News she decided she couldn’t celebrate Trump’s inauguration because of his comments during the campaign about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the country and his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lee was among a growing handful of Democratic lawmakers who objected last week to the certification of the Electoral College results on the House floor.
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Democratic lawmakers are boycotting Trump’s inauguration
Yahoo News - about 1 month
About a dozen Democratic lawmakers have announced their intention to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration next week as a protest of the president-elect’s plans for the country. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Yahoo News she decided she couldn’t celebrate Trump’s inauguration because of his comments during the campaign about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the country and his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lee was among a growing handful of Democratic lawmakers who objected last week to the certification of the Electoral College results on the House floor.
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How To Attend Watch Us Run: An Inauguration Day Event In Washington, D.C.
Huffington Post - about 1 month
There’s no time like the present to get inspired, to get involved, and to elevate diverse voices. That’s why HuffPost and Bustle, in partnership with Bold, are turning Inauguration Day into a non-partisan platform for action. Our event is called Watch Us Run, and will take place in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’re all invited. What Is “Watch Us Run?” Watch Us Run is a non-partisan event hosted by HuffPost and Bustle, in partnership with Bold, that joins some of the most influential figures in politics, media, the arts, and activism for a day of sharing, learning, a little bit of eating and drinking, and a lot of organizing for change. Who Will Be There? Confirmed panelists include actor and UNFPA Global Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd, Oscar Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, actor Amber Tamblyn, former Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, comedian Phoebe Robinson, Women’s March c ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Powerful White Guy With Mixed Civil Rights Record Gets Medal, Left Delighted
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Chuck Schumer came out against Jeff Session’s nomination, making us wonder just why the hell we even have a Senate gym. Sunny Obama bit a young visitor to the White House, giving Jason Chaffetz something to do once his Benghazi investigations wrap up. And President Obama surprised Joe Biden with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. As far as surprises for Joe Biden go, it wasn’t a Suzuki GSX-S1000F ABS topped with a big red ribbon and unveiled in a haze of smoke and lasers, but he’ll take it. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, January 12th, 2017: DOJ INVESTIGATING COMEY ANNOUNCEMENT - Big news regarding this generation’s Bush v. Gore. Ryan J. Reilly: “The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will review the actions taken by FBI and DOJ officials in connection with an investigation into Hillary Clinton, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Thursday. Horowitz said the ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - What It's Like To Be 16 And Retweeted By The President-Elect
Huffington Post - 3 months
Nancy Pelosi has led House Democrats so long she remembers when Virginia Foxx was the craziest member of the opposition. Senate Republicans are looking to sync better with Donald Trump, so OF COURSE they’re begging an octogenarian Mormon from Utah to stay in the upper chamber. And Donald Trump’s administration will contain an amount of Goldman Sachs employees and other Wall Street veterans typically found only in Alex Jones’ “Da Vinci Code” fan fiction and Dalton parent-teacher conference day. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, November 30th, 2016: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE 16 AND RETWEETED BY THE PRESIDENT-ELECT (A READOUT OF THE TIME WE DMed WITH A TEENAGER) - Monday evening, as President-elect Trump was tirading against CNN, 16-year-old California high school student Seth Morton tweeted at the network’s Jeff Zeleny, “Pathetic - you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! @realDonaldTrump.” As sometimes happens when a teenager demands s ...
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Sen. Mike Lee: U.S. Can't Bomb Syrian Forces Without Congressional Approval
Huffington Post - 5 months
According to multiple voices in the DC press, the idea of the U.S. bombing Syrian government forces is "back on the table" this week. On Sunday, under the headline, "Four military options for Obama in Syria," The Hill reported that the administration could be weighing four possible options: "No-fly zone," "Safe zones," "Target Assad's air force," "New weapons for rebels." On Tuesday, "war-positive" Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported under the headline "Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, again" that: U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to discuss options for the way forward in Syria ... A meeting of the Principals Committee, which includes Cabinet-level officials, is scheduled for Wednesday. A meeting of the National Security Council, which could include the president, could come as early as this weekend. N ...
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Congresswoman Asks Black Millennials Not To 'Give The One-Finger Salute' And Stay Home On Election Day
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Geniuses Made A Must-Watch ‘Formation’ Parody About Anti-Abortion Laws
Huffington Post - 5 months
A remake of Beyoncé’s “Formation” is telling ladies to “get information” about anti-abortion laws.  Created by feminist organization Lady Parts Justice League, “InFormation” is a badass feminist anthem that’s reminding everyone how damaging the Hyde Amendment and other anti-abortion laws are for women. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal programs like Medicaid from covering abortion care for mostly poor and uninsured women. The video, which is part of a pro-abortion rights campaign titled #BeBoldEndHyde, calls for health insurance that covers abortion care and it's smart, clever and more important than ever.  “Ok ladies now let’s get in-formation, cause I say // We gotta get informed about this whack legislation, like today // Your rights, they might get eliminated,” the song lyrics read.  The “InFormation” lyrics were co-written by Jean Grae, while the video was produced by Joyelle Nicole and choreographed by Denae Famada. Below are a few of our other ...
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Geniuses Made A Must-Watch ‘Formation’ Parody About Anti-Abortion Laws
Huffington Post - 5 months
A remake of Beyoncé’s “Formation” is telling ladies to “get information” about anti-abortion laws.  Created by feminist organization Lady Parts Justice League, “InFormation” is a badass feminist anthem that’s reminding everyone how damaging the Hyde Amendment and other anti-abortion laws are for women. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal programs like Medicaid from covering abortion care for mostly poor and uninsured women. The video, which is part of a pro-abortion rights campaign titled #BeBoldEndHyde, calls for health insurance that covers abortion care and it's smart, clever and more important than ever.  “Ok ladies now let’s get in-formation, cause I say // We gotta get informed about this whack legislation, like today // Your rights, they might get eliminated,” the song lyrics read.  The “InFormation” lyrics were co-written by Jean Grae, while the video was produced by Joyelle Nicole and choreographed by Denae Famada. Below are a few of our other ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Lee
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    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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  • 2014
    Age 67
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    In 2010, Lee took the food stamp challenge and also appeared in the documentary film Food Stamped.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    Lee endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president in the 2008 primary.
    More Details Hide Details Lee's voting record as a member of the House was ranked by the National Journal in 2007, based on roll-call votes on economic, social and foreign policy issues in 2006. Lee scored an overall 84.3%, meaning she voted with a more liberal stance than 84.3% of the House. National Journal scored Lee as voting 82% liberal on economic issues, 92% liberal on social issues, and 65% liberal on foreign policy. The 92% rating on social issues came from Lee being grouped with 35 other House legislators who all tied for the highest, most liberal ranking. Lee received a 97% progressive rating from "The Progressive Punch," and a 4% conservative rating from the American Conservative Union.
    Economic On September 29, 2008, Lee was one of 95 Democrats to vote against the defeated Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.
    More Details Hide Details However, she voted for a modified version on October 3. Health care Lee was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places restrictions on health insurance plans providing coverage for abortions in the context of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Housing As a congresswoman for the Bay Area, Barbara Lee has made affordable housing in East Bay area and beyond a top priority. Barbara has supported and backed legislation meant to expand home ownership opportunities, improve public housing quality, and assist the homeless. Social Work On March 15, 2013, Lee announced the official relaunch of the Congressional Social Work Caucus to the 113th Congress as the new chairwoman of the social work caucus. Lee has two grown sons, Tony and Craig, both of whom work in the insurance industry. Tony Lee is the CEO of Dickerson Employee Benefits, one of the nation's largest African-American owned insurance brokerage/consulting firms. Craig Lee is a long term senior executive at State Farm.
  • 2007
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, Lee voted in favor of overriding President Bush's veto of the measure on May 2. On November, 2009 Lee was one of 36 representatives to vote "nay" on House Resolution 867, which condemned the UN's Goldstone Report. Lee voted to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. Lee also voted in favor of similar resolutions involving troop withdrawal from Pakistan and, most recently, Libya. Lee also joined her Republican colleagues, one of 70 Democrats to do so, in voting against a resolution to authorize limited use of force in Libya. Lee was also one of only 36 Democrats to vote in favor of limiting funds appropriated for military operations in Libya. Presidential election re-count
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 58
    Lee was one of only 46 Democrats to vote for the Online Freedom of Speech Act of 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    Lee was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Education Lee is the author of the Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational Exchange Act, which would enhance U.S. foreign relations with CARICOM nations. This act 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. The bill is named for former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who helped inspire Lee to become involved in politics when Chisholm ran for the Democratic nomination for President; Lee became the Northern California Chair of the Chisholm campaign.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    Lee voted against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002.
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    Death penalty Lee's opposition to the death penalty was recognized in 2002 by Death Penalty Focus, when they presented her with the Mario Cuomo Act of Courage Award.
    More Details Hide Details Foreign affairs Although Lee is considered a liberal Democrat, she has occasionally split with members of her own party throughout her congressional career, especially on foreign policy matters. She voted in favor of limiting military operations in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, against authorizing air strikes, and in favor of a Republican-backed plan to completely withdraw U.S. troops from the operation, all in 1999.
    She was awarded the Seán MacBride Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau in 2002 for that vote.
    More Details Hide Details In her speech, she quoted the Rev. Nathan Baxter, dean of National Cathedral: “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore." Congressional Black Caucus She hinted to the Oakland Tribune that she would run for the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus in September 2008, following the end of her four-year term as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
  • 2001
    Age 54
    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 voted no not because she opposed military 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.
    More Details Hide Details She "warned her colleagues to be 'careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.'" Lee explained, "It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the September 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 about a large and extremely polarized response, with the volume of calls gridlocking the switchboard of her Capitol Hill office. Although it appears to have reflected the beliefs of the majority of her constituents, the majority of responses from elsewhere in the nation were angry and hostile, some referring to her as "communist" and "traitor". Many of the responses included death threats against her or her family to the point that the Capitol Police provided round-the-clock plainclothes bodyguards. 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This made her a hero among many in the anti-war movement. Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace. Lee was born Barbara Jean Tutt in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Mildred Adaire (née Parish) and Garvin Alexander Tutt, a Lieutenant Colonel. According to a DNA analysis, she descends primarily from the people of Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.)
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 13
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was a young single mother of two receiving public assistance when she began attending college. Lee was educated at Mills College, and received an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on July 16, 1946.
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