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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D)

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Phone: (203) 562-3718

Address: 59 Elm Street, New Haven CT 06510-2036

Naugatuck CT

Phone: (203) 729-0204

Address: 229 Church Street, Naugatuck CT 06770-4145

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Phone: (203) 735-5005

Address: 12 Main Street, Derby CT 06418-1931

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Rosa DeLauro Biography
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  • Elected: 1990, 12th term.
  • District: Connecticut 3
  • Born: Mar. 02, 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. Read More

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.

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Rosa DeLauro Election Results
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2012 General
Rosa DeLauro (D)
Votes: 217,573
Percent: 74.69%
Wayne Winsley (R)
Votes: 73,726
Percent: 25.31%
2012 Primary
Rosa DeLauro (D)
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%)
Rosa DeLauro Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 90 (L) : 10 (C) 79 (L) : 19 (C) 91 (L) : 8 (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 75 (L) : 23 (C) 81 (L) : 17 (C) 84 (L) : 12 (C)
Composite 85.3 (L) : 14.7 (C) 84.8 (L) : 15.2 (C) 89.2 (L) : 10.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV9794
CFG1114
ITIC-42
NTU1213
20112012
COC19-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA9095
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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