Courtesy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
June 11, 2013
For more than 20 years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of South Florida. On January 4, 2005, she was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 23rd Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Before joining the U.S. Congress, she was first a Representative and later a Senator in the Florida State Legislature.
For the 113th Congress, the House Committee on Appropriations recommended Rep. Wasserman Schultz to serve as a ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, which determines the Congressional appropriations of funds for particular parts of the federal government. Rep. Wasserman Schultz will serve on the subcommittee that determines the funding level for the entire legislative branch.
Wasserman Schultz also serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, where she advocates for funding for security, economic, and humanitarian assistance, as well as works to reduce poverty around the world. She also serves as a Chief Deputy Whip where she works to help advance legislation important to the Democratic caucus.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz is a person respected by her colleagues for her tenacity and her hard work on many important issues. In March 2009, after announcing her own battle with breast cancer, she introduced the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or EARLY Act (H.R. 1740), a piece of legislation that directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a national education campaign about the threat breast cancer poses to all young women, and the particular heightened risks of certain ethnic, cultural and racial groups. This bill became law as part of the Affordable Health Care Act in March 2010.
A fighter for South Florida families, Rep. Wasserman Schultz has worked hard to protect children. Some of her accomplishments in the field include the passage of the PROTECT Our Children Act, which creates the largest law enforcement effort ever formed for the protection of children, and, the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to combat childhood drowning.
The first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced a resolution, which passed the House of Representatives and called on the President to declare an annual Jewish American Heritage Month. The President subsequently did so, with the inaugural month in May, 2006. Since then, Presidents have proclaimed Jewish American Heritage Month annually.
All of this experience serves to enhance her commitment to lower health care costs, improve the quality of life for our children, protect Social Security and Medicare, and stand up for South Florida's middle class families..
Debbie Wasserman Schultz was born in 1966 on Long Island, NY. She attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1988 and with a Master's Degree in 1990. She has been married to Steve Schultz for more than 20 years and together they have three children. The Congresswoman is proud to call South Florida home where she resides with her family in Weston.