Ellen Tauscher

From OpenCongress Wiki

(Redirected from Ellen O. Tauscher)
Jump to: navigation, search

This is a profile of a former U.S. Representative. (See the California portal for all incumbents, candidates and blogs.)
California state flag.png

Things you can do:

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, a Democrat, has represented the 10th District of California in the United States House of Representatives since 1997.(map) On May 5, 2009, President Barack Obama formally announced he will nominate Tauscher as under secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

Click through the score to see the records of other members of Congress and full descriptions of the individual votes.

Want to see someone else's scorecard added to the list? You can do it!

Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 55 - 11/20 not avail.

National security and foreign policy

Iraq War

Tauscher voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Nuclear weapons

In a March statement about taking the position of under secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Tauscher said, "Keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, making sure other countries do not obtain them and, one day, I hope, ridding the world of these terrible weapons, has become my passion and, I hope, my life's work."[2]

Energy and environment policy

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Rights, liberties and courts policy

Gun control

Tauscher cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 15, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

"Don't ask, don't tell" policy

On March 3, 2009, Tauscher proposed repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military by introducing the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1283).[4] [5] According to The New York Times, "It’s not the first time a reversal has been sought; she has long been an advocate of similar legislation."[5]

"I believe that this is one of the last civil rights battles we have in this country," Tauscher said at the Center for American Progress during a news conference to announced the legislation to repeal the policy.[4] Tauscher has called for public hearings and creating an outside commission to study the issue.[4]

Economic policy

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

During the initial consideration of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 in the House, Tauscher led a group of moderate Democrats who sought to change a provision in the bill allowing bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of debtors' mortgages on primary residences, a process often referred to as "cramdown." After a week of negotiations, the House passed a version of the bill that included stricter limits on the use of "cramdown" in bankruptcy proceedings. Shortly before the bill passed, Tauscher was quoted in the New York Times saying, "Our intention was to make sure this was available but as a last resort."[6]

Main article: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

Health policy

Tauscher has supported universal health care and, in particular, covering uninsured children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).[7]


Tauscher was born November 15, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey. She was educated at Seton Hall University and was an investment banker and member of the New York Stock Exchange. After moving to California in 1989, she founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers.

Tauscher was active in Democratic circles as a fundraiser before challenging 10th District Congressman Bill Baker in 1996. Tauscher was able to paint Baker as too conservative for the district and won a razor-thin victory. She managed to win solid victories in 1998 and 2000 against vigorous Republican opposition, even though the 10th was widely considered the most Republican of the Bay Area districts. Redistricting after the 2000 census cut out some of the more Republican parts of the district, enabling Tauscher to win reelection in 2002 and 2004 without serious opposition.

On May 5, 2009, President Barack Obama formally announced he will nominate Tauscher as under secretary of Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.[8][9] If confirmed, Tauscher will resign her seat in Congress, and a special election will be required to replace her.[8]

Tauscher is a leading moderate Democrat. She is chairwoman of the New Democrats Coalition, vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Leadership Council and is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Darcy Linn to face Tauscher in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Tauscher retained her seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Ellen Tauscher, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

Money in Politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Campaign contribution data could not be found.

Links to more campaign contribution information for Ellen Tauscher
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Chair, House New Democrat Coalition, 2005-present
  • Co-Chair, House Iraqi Women's Caucus, 2004-present
  • Member, Blue Dog Coalition
  • Vice Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Business Forum
  • Co Chair, Democratic Caucus Task Force on Campaign Finance Reform
  • National Vice Chair, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Co Chair, Department of Energy Facilities Caucus
  • Vice Chair, Future Security and Defense Capabilities Subcommittee, Defense and Security Committee, North American Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
  • Co Chair, Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus
  • Co Chair, New Democrat Coalition Entitlement Reform Task Force
  • Former Finance Chair, New Democrat Network
  • Co-Chair, Troop Capitol Hill: Honorary Girl Scout Caucus
  • Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy, West Point
  • Member, American Delegation, Wehrkunde Conference

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board Member, Alumnae Resources
  • Board Member, Battered Women's Alternative
  • Board Member, Breast Cancer Fund
  • Board Member, Business Executives for National Security
  • Board Member, California Symphony
  • Honorary Board Member, Diablo Arts Council
  • Majority Council Member, Emily's List
  • Board Member, Seton Hall Board of Regents
  • Honorary Board Member, Summit Bank Foundation

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ellen Tauscher. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 434 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2211 Fax: 202-225-9187
    Webform email
District offices
  • 420 West Third StreetAntioch, CA 94509
    Ph: 925-757-7187 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2000 Cadenasso Drive, Suite A Fairfield, CA 94533
    Ph: 707-428-7792 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2121 North California Boulevard, Suite 555 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Ph: 925-932-8899 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

Articles and Resources


See also


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Shane Goldmacher, "Tauscher to take Obama post, opening up House seat," The Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2009.
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Carolyn Lochhead, "Tauscher renews effort to repeal 'don't ask,'" San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kate Phillips, "Repeal Sought Again of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Law," NYTimes,com, The Caucus, March 2, 2009
  6. Carl Hulse, "House to Try Again to Let Judges Alter Mortgages", New York Times, March 4, 2009.
  7. "Tauscher Policy: Healthcare", Ellen Tauscher for Congress. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lisa Vorderbrueggen, "Tauscher formally nominated for federal post," Contra Costa Times, May 5, 2009
  9. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts," WhiteHouse.gov, May 5, 2009


Local blogs and discussion sites

Semantic data (Edit data)