Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, has represented the 20th District of Florida in the House of Representatives since 2004.


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.

Environmental record

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

Support for gun control

Wasserman Schultz cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 22, 2007.[1]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

FY2008 budget

On June 22, 2007, the House passed the legislative branch appropriations bill in a vote of 216 to 176. The bill granted more than $3.1 billion to run the House of Representatives and nine legislative branch agencies during FY2008. Rep. Wasserman Schultz commented that members made safety and security of the Capitol complex the top priority in the bill.

Main article: Congressional actions on the federal budget/110th Congress


Schultz was born September 27, 1966 in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. She currently lives in Weston, Florida. She is a mother of three and is married to Steve Schultz.

Before being elected to Congress, Schultz was a program administrator and an instructor at a Florida college as well as a state legislative aide to Peter Deutsch, with whom she is considered closely aligned in ideology.

She joined the Florida House at age 26, becoming the youngest female legislator in the history of Florida. She was elected to the Florida Senate in 2000. During her tenure in both Florida's House and Senate, she was considered one of the most liberal representatives in Florida. She fought for legislation protecting women, seniors, and children, including legislation requiring gender price parity for dry cleaning and ensuring an equal number of men and women were appointed to state boards. Her critics gaver her the nickname, "Wasserperson" to satirize her work to make language in the state more gender neutral.

Schultz, who is Jewish, is an active member of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Planned Parenthood and Hadassah. She received an award from the Save The Manatee Club for commitment to manatee protection as state senator.

During her campaign for U.S. House in 2004, her opponent Margaret Hostetter, who had never held public office, criticized Wasserman Schultz for protesting an American flag photograph with a Christian cross on it that was on display in a government building. Hostetter wrote, "Elect Margaret Hostetter to Congress November 2 and send the clear message that Americans respect and support ... the foundational role Christianity has had in the formation of our great nation. Our rights come from God, not the state."

After spending approximately $1.2 million dollars, Schultz would end up winning the election, taking 70.2% to Hostetter's 29.8%. However, Hostetter only spent about $30,000 to get 30% of the vote.

Schultz is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, as shown by her appointment to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's 30-Something Working Group, which is comprised of congressional Democrats under 40. The group concentrates on issues affecting young people, including Social Security. She also has joined the bi-partisan Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus.

During the Terri Schiavo controversy, she was one of the strongest opponents of congressional intervention. She publicly accused President Bush of hypocrisy for signing a 1999 bill as governor of Texas which allows health care workers to remove life support for terminally ill patients if the patient or family is unable to pay the medical bills. In an editorial, the Miami Herald wrote: "During three hours of debate ... the freshman Democrat distinguished herself by repeatedly challenging those who tried to misstate the facts surrounding Schiavo's health."

Schultz is pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-gay rights. The 20th district is considered a liberal stronghold and is home to a large population of Jewish senior citizens. Schultz has committed to building relationships with Republicans while in Congress, and shares many of their positions on Israel.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) leadership position

On January 22, 2007 Schultz was named to head the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Frontline program. The program is designed to help those "vulnerable" Democrats win reelection. DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that Schultz would lead the program in a memorandum that also stated that, Democrats would “organize early to raise money and staff up to defend their new majority.”

Van Hollen wrote that Frontline Democrats must raise between $650,000 and $1 million by June 30, build a network of 30,000 e-mail addresses by November 2008, and identify 1,000 volunteers. [1]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Schultz’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2]

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 Florida superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 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.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
NorPAC$ 22,100
Leon Medical Centers$ 19,500
Fanjul Corp$ 17,900
NextEra Energy$ 13,500
Duty Free Americas$ 12,500
AHG Group$ 11,400
Chen Medical Center$ 10,400
Greenstreet Partners$ 10,400
Libra Group$ 10,200
St George's University$ 10,200
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 Debbie Wasserman Schultz
from the Center for Responsive Politics' 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, South Florida Democratic Caucus, 1998-present
  • Member, Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council, 1995-present
  • Member, Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Study Implementation Commission, 1992-present
  • Second Vice President, Gwen Cherry Women's Political Caucus, 1992-present
  • Co Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus Policy Committee, 2002-2004
  • Governor's Commission on Education, 1996-1998
  • Member, Board of Directors, Florida Distance Learning Network, 1995-1997
  • Member, Florida Education Facilities Study Committee, 1994
  • Member, Classrooms First Task Force, 1993
  • Member, National Women's Political Caucus, Gwen Cherry Chapter

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 118 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-7931 Fax: 202-225-2052
    Webform email
District offices
  • 10100 Pines Boulevard Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
    Ph: 954-437-3936 Fax: (none entered)
  • 19200 West Country Club Drive, 3rd Floor Aventura, FL 33180
    Ph: 305-936-5724 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources


  1. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  2. Policy Council, Center for Women Policy Studies, accessed September 22, 2007.



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