Zoe Lofgren

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Zoe Lofgren ()
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Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on House Administration, House Committee on the Judiciary, House Ethics Committee
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, has represented the 16th District of California in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1995.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Lofgren voted against 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

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

Support for gun control

Lofgren cosponsored H.R 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 15, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Orphan works legislation

Rep. Lofgren introduced the Public Domain Enhancement Act of 2003 (H.R. 2601) in the 108th Congress.[3]

The bill would have “required the Register of Copyrights to charge a fee of $1 for maintaining in force the copyright in any published U.S. work. The bill would have required the fee to be due 50 years after the date of first publication or on December 31, 2006, whichever occurred later, and every ten years thereafter until the end of the copyright term." [4]

The bill was originally introduced on June 25, 2003. It was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and then the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, which were chaired by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), respectively. The bill received no hearing or other action. [5]

Main article: orphan works legislation


Lofgren was born Sue Lofgren on December 21, 1947. A lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident, Lofgren attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, earned her BA at Stanford University and a law degree at Santa Clara University. She stayed in the San Jose area after graduation, serving eight years as a staff assistant to Congressman Don Edwards. After two years as partner at a law practice in San Jose, she was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and served for 13 years.

In 1994, Edwards decided to retire after 32 years in Congress, and Lofgren won the Democratic nomination for the seat. San Jose is so heavily Democratic that her victory was inevitable. Lofgren was only the second representative of the 16th District (Edwards had served since the district's creation in 1963).

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Charel Winston to face Lofgren in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Lofgren 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, Zoe Lofgren, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama 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)
Google Inc$ 32,600
Cisco Systems$ 20,300
Deloitte LLP$ 19,600
Intuit Inc$ 17,700
Fragomen, Del Rey et al$ 16,250
Pandora Media$ 15,500
Virgin America$ 14,350
Yahoo! Inc$ 13,450
eBay Inc$ 13,100
Facebook Inc$ 12,100
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org 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 Zoe Lofgren
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org 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)


More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 1401 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3072 Fax: 202-225-3336
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District offices
  • 635 North First Street, Suite B San Jose, CA 95112
    Ph: 408-271-8700 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  3. Larry Lessig, "Copyright Policy: Orphan Works Reform," lessig blog, February 1, 2007.
  4. Bill summary for the Public Domain Enhancement Act, 108th Congress, THOMAS legislative information system, Library of Congress.
  5. Bill summary for the Public Domain Enhancement Act, 108th Congress, THOMAS legislative information system, Library of Congress.
  6. Advisory Board, Roosevelt Institution, accessed September 22, 2007.


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