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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D)

Connecticut District 3

Leadership: Democratic Steering & Policy Committee Co-Chair

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delauro.house.gov

Biography

Elected: 1990, 12th term.

Born: March 2, 1943, New Haven

Home: New Haven

Education: Marymount Col., B.A. 1964, London Sch. of Econ., 1962-63, Columbia U., M.A. 1966

Professional Career: Exec. asst., New Haven Mayor Frank Logue, 1976–77; Exec. asst. & develop. admin., City of New Haven, 1977–79; Chief of staff, U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, 1980–87; Exec. dir., Countdown '87, 1987–88; Exec. dir., EMILY's List, 1989.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic

Family: married (Stanley Greenberg) , 3 children

Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat first elected in 1990, is an outspoken liberal—“a live wire whose words rush out like sparks,” The New York Times once wrote—who is active on women’s health as well as food safety issues. She is the dean of Connecticut’s congressional delegation and has a seat at the Democratic leadership table as the co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee.

DeLauro grew up in New Haven’s Wooster Square. Both her parents were New Haven aldermen. Her mother, Luisa DeLauro, retired from the Board of Aldermen in 1999 after 35 years, the longest tenure in New Haven history. A granite monument honoring the family was dedicated in Wooster Square Park in 2011. Rosa DeLauro’s husband, Stanley Greenberg, was Bill Clinton’s chief pollster from 1991 to 1994 and worked for Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000 and John Kerry’s in 2004. Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a family friend, officiated at the wedding of Greenberg’s daughter Anna, a political consultant, and lived for a while in the basement of DeLauro’s Capitol Hill home.

DeLauro has been in politics nearly all of her life. She was a development administrator in New Haven in the 1970s, chief of staff to Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd from 1980 to 1987, and then spent a year working to stop U.S. military aid to Nicaraguan contras before going on to become director of EMILY’s List, the women’s campaign fundraising group that supports abortion rights. When 3rd District incumbent Bruce Morrison ran for governor in 1990, DeLauro ran for his seat and won, 52%-48%, over anti-tax and anti-abortion rights state Sen. Tom Scott. Her last serious competition came in 1992, when she won a rematch against Scott, 66%-34%.

As a close ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, DeLauro is one of the Democratic leadership’s most vocal champions in debate. Pelosi in 2011 admiringly described her as “a force of nature.” She is an active and ardent supporter of feminist issues. A cancer survivor, she sponsored the law to require that patients and doctors, not insurance companies, decide on 48-hour hospital stays for mastectomies. She also lobbied for insurance coverage of early-detection tests for cervical cancer, and helped to enact “Johanna’s Law” to increase awareness of gynecological cancers. In 2009, she introduced a bill to require employers to give workers seven paid sick days annually. Also that year, the House passed her Paycheck Fairness Act, which provided remedies to victims of wage discrimination. A similar bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, was signed into law, reversing a Supreme Court decision that had made it more difficult to ensure that women and men doing the same job are paid comparable wages.

With Democrats in the minority in the 112th Congress, DeLauro worked in 2012 to protect the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates commodity futures and options markets, from deep GOP budget cuts. She also criticized House Republicans for reductions affecting the poor and refused to support the August 2011 agreement between the White House and Congress to raise the debt ceiling because it cut too much in spending.

As a former chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, DeLauro has taken a keen interest in food safety, which she said should have the same priority as prescription drug and medical device safety. Her subcommittee in 2008 increased by $1.8 billion President George W. Bush’s funding request for the FDA. But she said a year later that the agency remained “badly broken,” and faulted the Obama administration for not doing enough to address food safety in its fiscal 2010 budget, which had 19% more funding for the agency. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures in late 2010 showing that food-borne disease remained a public health threat, she introduced a bill to create a single agency to regulate the food supply. She unsuccessfully tried in June 2011 to boost funding for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition by $1 million for protection against E. coli sickness.

DeLauro is known for showing flashes of temper. In 2009, as Pelosi reluctantly announced her support for an amendment strictly limiting insurance coverage for abortions as part of the health care overhaul, DeLauro reportedly got into an angry confrontation with California Rep. George Miller, another trusted Pelosi ally who called for more pragmatism. When home-state Senate colleague Joe Lieberman, a political independent, held up the legislation a month later, DeLauro demanded that Lieberman be recalled. At home, she was criticized in August 2011 for remaining on vacation in Italy when Hurricane Irene damaged her district. She said she cut her trip short to return home five days after the storm hit.

DeLauro has run twice for chairman of the Democratic Caucus and suffered two painfully close losses. In 1998, she lost 108-97 to Martin Frost of Texas, but then-Minority Leader Dick Gephardt named her an assistant leader in charge of the party’s message. In 2002, she lost 104-103 to Robert Menendez of New Jersey after an intense yearlong contest. DeLauro has been an active supporter of Pelosi in her leadership races through the years, which helped cement the bond between the two Italian-American liberal women. Pelosi has leaned on DeLauro for important appointive leadership roles and made her co-chair of the Steering Committee, which has a role in committee assignments. In 2007, DeLauro also became a vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ fundraising and recruiting arm. Three years earlier, she led the drafting of the Democratic platform when John Kerry was nominated for president.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3661

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RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2413
Washington, DC 20515-0703

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DISTRICT OFFICE

(203) 562-3718

(203) 772-2260

59 Elm Street Suite 205
New Haven, CT 06510-2036

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(203) 562-3718

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New Haven, CT 06510-2036

DISTRICT OFFICE

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Municipal Building 4th Floor
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(203) 735-5005

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(203) 735-5005

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CAMPAIGN OFFICE

129 Church Street Suite 818
New Haven, CT 06510

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(203) 497-8034

(203) 498-0409

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New Haven, CT 06510

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Agriculture

Elise Ackley
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Elise Ackley
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Education

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Energy

Elise Ackley
Legislative Assistant

Environment

Elise Ackley
Legislative Assistant

Family

Beverly Aimaro Pheto
Chief of Staff

Health

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Beverly Aimaro Pheto
Chief of Staff

Liz Albertine
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Intelligence

Brandon Honore
Legislative Assistant

Labor

Liz Albertine
Senior Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Military

Liz Albertine
Senior Legislative Assistant

Tax

Eric Anthony
Legislative Director

Telecommunications

Brandon Honore
Legislative Assistant

Trade

Brandon Honore
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Liz Albertine
Senior Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Liz Albertine
Senior Legislative Assistant

Women

Beverly Aimaro Pheto
Chief of Staff

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Rosa DeLauro
Votes: 217,573
Percent: 74.69%
Wayne Winsley
Votes: 73,726
Percent: 25.31%
2012 PRIMARY
Rosa DeLauro
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Rosa DeLauro
Votes: 143,565
Percent: 65.06%
Jerry Labriola
Votes: 74,107
Percent: 33.58%
2010 PRIMARY
Rosa DeLauro
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
Rosa DeLauro
Votes: 230,172
Percent: 77.4%
Bo Itshaky
Votes: 58,583
Percent: 19.7%
2008 PRIMARY
Rosa DeLauro
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (77%), 2006 (76%), 2004 (72%), 2002 (66%), 2000 (72%), 1998 (71%), 1996 (71%), 1994 (63%), 1992 (66%), 1990 (52%)

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