Barbara Lee

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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Barbara Lee, a Democrat, has represented the 9th District of California in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1999.


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Iraq War

During the debate over the resolution giving the president the right to use military force against Iraq in 2002, Lee introduced an amendment (H.AMDT.608) urging the president to use diplomacy and work through the United Nations rather than launching a military strike against Iraq. Supporters felt as though doing so would ensure that the U.S. maintained the cooperation of the global community. Opponents believed that the U.S. did not require the permission of other nations to protect itself.

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion

As the FY2004 Intelligence Authorization was being debated in June 2003, no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. In response, Lee introduced an amendment (H.AMDT.195) calling for a study into how much intelligence was shared between the Pentagon and U.N. inspectors in the months leading up to the war. Supporters argued that an investigation was necessary to see whether intelligence was withheld or falsified in order to improve the Bush administration's case for war against Iraq. Many Republicans, such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss (R-Fla.), who later headed the CIA, opposed Lee's idea as "unnecessary."

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion

During the March 2007 debate over the Iraq supplemental bill, Rep. Lee, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, introduced an amendment calling for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops and contractors from Iraq by December 31, 2007, much earlier than the original September 2008 deadline. Specifically, it called for the “continued protection of members of the Armed Forces...and Department of Defense contractor personnel” and fully funding “the safe and complete withdrawal from Iraq of all members of the Armed Forces and contractor personnel...not later than December 31, 2007.”

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591)
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Lee was born July 16, 1946 in El Paso, Texas. She was educated at Mills College and the University of California, Berkeley, and was chief of staff for United States Representative Ron Dellums and a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the House.

In 2001, Congresswoman Lee cast the only "no" vote to the US invasion of Afghanistan.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated John Den Dulk, and the Libertarian Party nominated Jim Eyer to face Lee in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Lee 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, Barbara Lee, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in Politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
San Francisco Regional Center$ 19,700
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 13,600
Gallo Winery$ 12,500
Ernesto Gallo Clinic & Research Center$ 11,000
Sfrc$ 10,400
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
Communications Workers of America$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Barbara Lee
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus


More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 2267 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2661 Fax: 202-225-9817
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District offices
  • 1301 Clay Street Suite 1000 North, Oakland, CA 94612
    Ph: 510-763-0370 Fax: (none entered)
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