For more than 19 years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of South Florida. On November 2, 2004, she was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives, and on May 4, 2011, was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 20th Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Florida as far north as Fort Lauderdale and as far south as Miami Beach. Before joining the U.S. Congress, she was first a representative and later a senator in the Florida state legislature.
In the House of Representatives, Rep. Wasserman Schultz serves on the House Budget Committee. She also serves as a chief deputy whip, where she works to advance important legislation, placing her among the House leadership.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz has commanded the respect of her colleagues through her tenacity and hard work on many priority issues, including education, health care, children's issues, and Social Security, to name a few.
She introduced and helped pass the PROTECT Our Children Act, which creates the largest law enforcement effort ever formed for the protection of children (H.R. 3845), and authored the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (H.R. 1721) which was passed to combat childhood drowning.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, the first Jewish congresswoman ever elected from Florida, introduced a resolution that passed the House of Representatives and called on the President to declare a Jewish American Heritage Month. The President subsequently did so, with the inaugural month in May, 2006.
In March 2009, after she announced her own battle with breast cancer, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or EARLY Act (H.R. 1740), a piece of legislation that directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a national education campaign about the threat breast cancer poses to all young women, and the particular heightened risks of certain ethnic, cultural and racial groups. This bill became law as part of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in March 2010.
On April 6, 2011, Rep. Wasserman Schultz was nominated by President Obama to serve as chair of the Democratic National Committee. As chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz works every day to advance President Obama's agenda and ensure his re-election, to elect Democratic candidates across the country, and to promote Democratic values.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz was born in Long Island, New York, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida. She and her husband Steve live in Weston, Florida, with their three children.