Howard Berman

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Howard Lawrence Berman, a Democrat, represented the 28th District of California in the House of Representatives since 1983.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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

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

Environmental record

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

Support for gun control

In 1991, Berman cosponsored H.R. 3104, which intended "To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and the manufacture of firearms designed to accept a silencer, bayonet, grenade launcher, flash suppressor, or folding stock, of certain ammunition feeding devices, and of related devices, and to provide for the imposition of enhanced penalties for the possession or the use of any such item in a crime of violence or in a drug trafficking crime." [2]

He also cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on June 8, 2005.[3]

On March 13, 2007, he cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007).[4]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


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.

In 2000, Berman recieved the First Annual Farmworker Justice Award.[1]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Stanley Kesselman, and the Green Party nominated Byron Delear to face Berman in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Berman retained his 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, Howard Berman, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in Politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

More Background Data

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


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  • 14546 Hamlin Street, Suite 202, Van Nuys, CA 91411
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Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 3104
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  4. Thomas page on H.R. 1022


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