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Phone: 202-225-4572

Address: 2245 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (414) 297-1140

Address: 316 North Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee WI 53202

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Gwen Moore Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Wisconsin 4
  • Born: Apr. 18, 1951, Racine
  • Home: Milwaukee
  • Education:

    Marquette U., B.A. 1978

  • Professional Career:

    Housing and urban dev. specialist, 1985-89.

  • Political Career:

    WI Assembly, 1989-92; WI Senate, 1992-2004; Senate pres. pro tem, 1997-98.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Single; 3 children

Gwen Moore, a Democrat elected in 2004, is Wisconsin’s first African-American member of Congress. A former welfare recipient, she often recounts her struggles in spirited, and candid, detail of standing up for the poor, homeless, and victims of domestic violence. Read More

Gwen Moore, a Democrat elected in 2004, is Wisconsin’s first African-American member of Congress. A former welfare recipient, she often recounts her struggles in spirited, and candid, detail of standing up for the poor, homeless, and victims of domestic violence.

Moore was born in Racine, the eighth of nine children, and raised on the North Side of Milwaukee. As an 18-year-old college freshman, she became a single mother who relied on welfare to help support her daughter. She graduated from Marquette University and worked as a housing and urban development specialist. Moore said she got active in politics when a rent-to-own center repossessed her washer and dryer even though she had paid three times their value in exorbitant interest rates. She led an effort to establish a community credit union. She was elected to the state Assembly in 1989 and to the state Senate in 1992, making her the state’s first black woman senator. In winning reelection in 1990, she beat Republican Scott Walker, who later became Wisconsin’s governor.

In 2003, when 4th District Democrat Gerald Kleczka announced that he was retiring after 20 years, Moore was the front-runner, but she had serious competition in the September 2004 Democratic primary from two political veterans, state Sen. Tim Carpenter and former state party Chairman Matt Flynn, both white. The candidates agreed on most issues: All three supported abortion rights, focused on jobs and economic concerns, and called for eliminating the Bush administration’s tax cuts for people with incomes exceeding $200,000 a year. In the absence of significant ideological clashes, the fallout from Milwaukee’s mayoral primary earlier that year played a role. The nonpartisan election had pitted former Rep. Tom Barrett, who is white, against acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, vying to become the city’s first black elected mayor. Barrett won, but the vote was split along racial lines and caused hard feelings in the African-American community.

Moore took advantage of the energized black voter base, and she leveraged financial support from national women’s organizations, teachers’ unions, and other liberal groups. Flynn was endorsed by Kleczka and boasted that he had backed Pratt for mayor. But he was damaged politically by his work as general counsel for the local Roman Catholic archdiocese in a priest sex abuse scandal. Carpenter was the only openly gay member of the Senate and had the support of national gay rights groups. Moore won 64% of the vote to 25% for Flynn and 10% for Carpenter. In the general election, Republican Gerald Boyle tried to win over Democrats disaffected with Moore. But he got no support from the national party, and Moore won easily, 70%-28%.

Moore has a solidly liberal voting record and often is passionate in her criticism of Republican policies. She said in 2012 that a controversial Wisconsin voter ID law “does nothing but attempt to return us to an era of Jim Crow politics.” When House Republicans sought to defund Planned Parenthood during the fiscal 2011 budget debate, Moore drew on her own unwelcome experience of an unplanned pregnancy at age 18. “I just want to tell you a little bit about what it’s like to not have Planned Parenthood,” she said on the House floor. “You have to add water to the (baby) formula to make it stretch. You have to give your kids Ramen noodles at the end of the month to fill up their little bellies so they won’t cry. You have to give them mayonnaise sandwiches.”

Much of the legislation she has introduced has dealt with helping the poor through expanding school lunch funding, cracking down on foreclosure fraud, and providing grants to crime-ravaged communities. In 2005, the House incorporated provisions of her Shield Act into the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that would protect the identity of domestic-violence victims who receive homeless assistance. When the domestic violence law came up for another reauthorization in 2012, Moore stunned House colleagues by taking to the floor to graphically recount how a group of young men once discussed having sex with her. “The appointed boy, when he saw that I wasn’t going to be so willing, completed a date rape and then took my underwear to display it to the rest of the boys. I mean, this is what American women are facing,” she said.

Since her former opponent Walker’s emergence as one of the nation’s most polarizing governors, Moore has been among his most frequent critics. When he reportedly considered turning down federal education funding in 2011, Moore accused him of “channeling Sarah Palin.” She took to Twitter to accuse Walker in 2012 of eliminating a women’s cancer screening program “for political gain,” an assertion that the website PolitiFact called “false and ridiculous.” But she said at a 2011 Oversight and Government Reform hearing at which Walker appeared that she considers him a friend. “I’m crazy about his kids and his wife,” she said. “But I’m not going to spend my five minutes pretending we agree on anything.”

Moore is well-established in her district and was reelected with 72% of the vote in 2012.

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Gwen Moore Election Results
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2012 General
Gwen Moore (D)
Votes: 235,257
Percent: 72.32%
Dan Sebring
Votes: 80,787
Percent: 24.83%
Robert Raymond
Votes: 9,277
Percent: 2.85%
2012 Primary
Gwen Moore (D)
Votes: 34,525
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (69%), 2008 (88%), 2006 (71%), 2004 (70%)
Gwen Moore 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 69 (L) : 31 (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 87 (L) : 12 (C)
Social 85 (L) : 13 (C) 69 (L) : 31 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 86 (L) : 13 (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 80.5 (L) : 19.5 (C) 86.7 (L) : 13.3 (C) 90.5 (L) : 9.5 (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
LCV8983
CFG415
ITIC-50
NTU1215
20112012
COC13-
ACLU-92
ACU00
ADA95100
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: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • 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: N
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • Year: 2007
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