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Rep. Yvette Clarke

Democrat  •  9th District, New York  •  5th Term  •  Sworn In 2007
Current Term 2015 - 2017 View All

Clarke was born in New York City in 1964 to parents who had immigrated from the Caribbean prior to her birth. She attended Oberlin College, but did not graduate from the school. In 2001, Clarke was elected to the New York City Council seat that had been occupied by her mother, Una, for the previous 10 years. Before coming to the City Council, Clarke was Director of Business Development for the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and was the first Director of the Bronx portion of the New York City Empowerment Zone.

While a member of the council, Clarke used her position in city government to speak out on national issues that go well beyond her area of actual jurisdiction. She co-sponsored City Council resolutions that opposed the war in Iraq, criticized the federal Patriot Act and called for a national moratorium on the death penalty. She has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, and has spoken out against budget cuts by Bush and the Republican Congress on the following federal programs: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Elimination of the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA), the elimination of nutritional food stamp programs and early education services for low-income children and families. Read More...

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