Frederick Boucher

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For the similarly named State Department spokesman, and former Ambassador and diplomat, see Richard A. Boucher.

Frederick Carlyle "Rick" Boucher, a Democrat, represented the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982 to 2011.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Boucher 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.

Environmental record

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Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) has been at the forefront of efforts to change the DMCA. In 2003, he introduced the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2003 and reintroduced in two years later as the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2005 with Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif). The bill would have amended the DMCA to allow individuals seeking to make fair use of movies and songs the ability to crack digital locks for non-infringing purposes. It also would have required the Federal Trade Commission to oversee a program whereby copy-protected CDs would require warning labels. [2]

In the 110th Congress, Boucher has re-introduced a modified version of the bill, which is now called the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act of 2007. The new bill, whose bill number – H.R. 1201 – mirrors the section of the copyright law that it aims to amend – is again co-sponsored by Doolittle. The measure would ease hurdles in legal battles between innovators and copyright holders providing six special circumstances allowing entities like libraries and archives to circumvent digital locks. It would also limit the fines, or statutory damages, for copyright infringement.[3]

Specifically, the bill carves out five new exemptions varying from the Copyright Office, in addition to circumvention for educational purposes. It would enable circumvention for the purpose of avoiding commercial or objectionable content in an audiovisual work, for transmitting a work over a home or personal network as long as it’s not uploaded for the mass, to gain access to a work in the public domain as well as a work for purposes of criticism, news reporting, or research, and enabling a library or archives to meet requirements of 108(a)(2) to preserve or secure a copy or replace one.[4]

Main article: Digital Copyright

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

In 2006, When the Republican majority brought their ethics package, the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, to the floor, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) offered a motion to recommit with instructions to strike the text of the bill and replace it with the text of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, the Democrat's ethics bill. The motion to recommit failed by three votes, after Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) led a group of four Democrats, himself and Reps. Boucher, Martin Sabo (D-Minn.), and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), to vote with the Republicans.

Main article: Prospects for Ethics Reform in the 110th Congress


Born August 1, 1946, Congressman Boucher is a native of Abingdon, Virginia, where he currently lives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He has practiced law on Wall Street in New York and in Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for seven years as a member of the Virginia State Senate.

Congressional career

He was first elected to Congress in 1982, defeating longtime incumbent William C. Wampler.

Congressman Boucher has been active on Internet-related legislation, including a bill which became law in 1993 authorizing electronic commerce by permitting for the first time the transmission of commercial messages over the Internet. His proposals to promote competition in the cable and local telephone industries contributed to the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Congressman Boucher originated the House Internet Caucus and is currently its co-chairman. He also created the Digital Media Consumer's Rights Act (DMCRA) legislation and co-authored the Anti-SPAM Act of 2003.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Charles W. Carrico to face Boucher in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Boucher retained his seat.

Money in politics

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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)

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 1026 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3806 Fax: 202-225-5608
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District offices
  • 188 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210-2841
    Ph: 276-628-1145 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1 Cloverleaf Square, Suite C-1, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219-2355
    Ph: 276-523-5450 Fax: (none entered)
  • 112 North Washington Avenue, Pulaski, VA 24301
    Ph: 540-980-4310 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Digital Copyright: In Converging World, Congress Continues to Tinker with Copyright, Center for Public Integrity, June 25, 2007.
  3. Digital Copyright: In Converging World, Congress Continues to Tinker with Copyright, Center for Public Integrity, June 25, 2007.
  4. 2007 Fair Use Act Bill Text, Thomas.Loc.

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