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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2661

Address: 2267 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: lee.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (510) 763-0370

Address: 1301 Clay Street, Oakland CA 94612-5233

Alameda CA

Address: 1550 Oak Street, Alameda CA 94501

Oakland CA

Address: 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland CA 94601

San Leandro CA

Address: 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro CA 94577

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Barbara Lee Committees
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Barbara Lee Biography
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  • Elected: April 1998, 8th full term.
  • District: California 13
  • Born: Jul. 16, 1946, El Paso, TX
  • Home: Oakland
  • Education: Mills Col., B.A. 1973, U. of CA-Berkeley, M.S.W. 1975
  • Professional Career: Chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Ron Dellums, 1975–87.
  • Political Career: CA Assembly, 1990–96; CA Senate, 1996–98.
  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Family: Divorced; 2 children

Democrat Barbara Lee, who won an April 1998 special election, is one of Congress’ most liberal members, which has diminished her influence in a GOP-controlled House. From her prize seat on the Appropriations Committee, she seeks to help the poor while condemning U.S. military involvement overseas. Read More

Democrat Barbara Lee, who won an April 1998 special election, is one of Congress’ most liberal members, which has diminished her influence in a GOP-controlled House. From her prize seat on the Appropriations Committee, she seeks to help the poor while condemning U.S. military involvement overseas.

Lee spent her childhood in Texas and says her political thinking was shaped by her early exposure to race discrimination. While in labor with her, Lee’s mother was at first denied treatment at an El Paso hospital. Lee attended a segregated school in that city until her parents sent their children to a Catholic school. In 1960, the family moved to Southern California, where Lee was the first black cheerleader in her high school, a distinction she won after enlisting the help of the local chapter of the NAACP. In 2008, Lee authored a memoir, Renegade for Peace and Justice, in which she discussed her experiences as a single welfare mother raising two children while attending college and her early days of social advocacy. “In order to go the policy front, I had to do the personal,” she said. Lee graduated from Mills College in Oakland and got a degree in social work at the University of California, Berkeley. She started a community mental health center in Berkeley and then worked as a staffer for 12 years for Rep. Ron Dellums, who chaired the House Armed Services Committee. She was elected to the California Assembly in 1990 and to the Senate in 1996. After Dellums announced he was resigning, he endorsed Lee as his successor, and she won the special election with 67% of the vote.

Lee agitates for a reduction in the nation’s weapons stockpiles and sharp cuts in Pentagon spending. She supports increased funding for international AIDS programs, and after a visit to Cuba, called for steps to end the 40-year trade embargo. She led a delegation of Democrats there in 2009 to discuss trade and other issues with its Communist-run government, and two years later helped to get charter passenger flights to the island nation from Oakland’s airport. As the co-chairman of the Progressive Caucus, she laid out an agenda with three priorities: economic justice and security, protection of civil rights and liberties, and promotion of global peace. She was a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, a group of the most vocal antiwar House members. When outspoken black GOP Rep. Allen West of Florida cited her in August 2011 as one of the leaders seeking to keep African-Americans on a “21st century plantation,” she said his remarks were “absurd on their face and are simply another in a long stream of incendiary comments designed to fan the flames of the extreme right.” She voted against that month’s hard-fought deal to raise the debt ceiling, saying, “The poor, low income, working poor, and middle income people are going to take a hit on this.”

Lee has consistently opposed military action to the point of being a lonely voice on some issues. As most Democrats voted to authorize bombing of Serbia in 1999, Lee was the only House member to oppose a resolution supporting U.S. troops. In September 2001, she was the only member of Congress to vote against the resolution authorizing the use of force in response to the terrorist attacks. “If we rush to launch a counterattack, we run too great a risk that women, children, and other noncombatants will be caught in the crossfire,” she said. Her vote brought a torrent of national attention. Lee received threats of violence, and the Capitol police provided her with 24-hour protection. But there were supportive rallies in her district. During the debate in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq, Lee offered an alternative calling for diplomatic action, which was defeated 355-72.

In 2008, Lee became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, which she calls “the conscience of the Congress.” In February 2009, she criticized Senate cuts in the House-passed version of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill. She and other caucus members subsequently lamented Obama’s plans to add troops in Afghanistan, and they have pressured Obama to pay more attention to minorities. Unlike many other Black Caucus members who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, she was an early supporter of Obama’s, in large part because of his opposition to the Iraq War.

In 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Lee a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee. She was one of 14 Democrats to vote against the Iraq war funding bill on the House floor. “My conscience is that we can’t put up more money to fund this war,” Lee said. In July 2008, the House passed, 399-24, her bill to prevent permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq or U.S. control of Iraqi oil. The House also passed her bill to encourage states to divest from companies that do business in Sudan, in protest of the genocide in the Darfur region. As Republican criticism mounted over earmarked spending, the special interest provisions added to spending bills, Lee remained a staunch defender of the practice. “I’ll tell them to come to my community and see what we can accomplish with whatever federal dollars we can get,” she said in 2009. After the 2012 elections, she considered running for vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, but decided against waging what could have been a divisive battle against New York Democrat Joseph Crowley.

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Barbara Lee Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Barbara Lee (D)
Votes: 250,436
Percent: 86.78%
Marilyn Singleton (I)
Votes: 38,146
Percent: 13.22%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Barbara Lee (D)
Votes: 94,709
Percent: 83.11%
Marilyn Singleton (I)
Votes: 13,502
Percent: 11.85%
Justin Jelincic
Votes: 5,741
Percent: 5.04%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (84%), 2008 (86%), 2006 (86%), 2004 (85%), 2002 (81%), 2000 (85%), 1998 (83%), 1998 special (67%)
Barbara Lee 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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2013 2012 2011
Economic 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 79 (L) : 20 (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 90.5 (L) : 9.5 (C) 94.5 (L) : 5.5 (C) 93.3 (L) : 6.7 (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
LCV10091
CFG1811
ITIC-33
NTU1815
20112012
COC6-
ACLU-100
ACU80
ADA10095
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: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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