Former Rep. Howard Berman

Democrat  •  California 15 Terms  •  Sworn In 1983
Last Term 2011 - 2013 View All


Berman was born April 15, 1941, in Los Angeles, was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a lawyer and a member of the California Assembly before entering the House.

A self-described liberal, Berman aligns with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. He has voted against amending the constitution to require a balanced-budget, banning the desecration of the American flag, the Defense of Marriage Act, restrictions on abortion, the death penalty, lawsuit reform, tax cuts supported by the Republican Party, drilling in ANWR, and welfare reform. On some issues he is more moderate: he broke with the majority of his party to vote in favor of NAFTA and has voted for some subsequent free trade agreements. He opposes withdrawing U.S. support for the World Trade Organization. In 1996 Berman voted for the Immigration in the Natural Interest Act of 1995, which cracked down on illegal immigration, also in that same year he voted to phase out many farm subsidy programs put into place by the administration of President Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. Notably, Berman voted to authorize military force in Iraq in both 1991 and 2003. Read More...

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