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Phone: 202-225-3531

Address: 211 CHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (650) 342-0300

Address: 155 Bovet Road, San Mateo CA 94402

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Jackie Speier Biography
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  • Elected: April 2008, 3rd full term.
  • District: California 14
  • Born: May. 14, 1950, San Francisco
  • Home: Hillsborough
  • Education:

    U. of CA-Davis, B.A., 1972, U of CA-Hastings Col. of Law, J.D., 1976.

  • Professional Career:

    Staff aide, Rep. Leo Ryan, 1973-78, Dir. government affairs, Community Gatepath, 1996-98, Dir. government affairs, Electronic Arts, 1996-98, attorney, 2007-08.

  • Political Career:

    San Mateo Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 1980-86, CA Assembly, 1986-96, CA Senate, 1998-2006.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Barry Dennis); 2 children

Democrat Jackie Speier won a special election in April 2008 to succeed Tom Lantos, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who died during his 14th term in office. An ardent and outspoken liberal, she has focused on consumer-protection issues as well as on exposing rapes and sexual assaults within the military. Read More

Democrat Jackie Speier won a special election in April 2008 to succeed Tom Lantos, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who died during his 14th term in office. An ardent and outspoken liberal, she has focused on consumer-protection issues as well as on exposing rapes and sexual assaults within the military.

Born in San Francisco’s Sunset district, Speier (SPEER) graduated from the University of California, Davis, and got her law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law. While an undergraduate, she interned in Sacramento for Democratic Assemblyman Leo Ryan and later joined his staff after he was elected to Congress. In November 1978, Speier accompanied third-term Rep. Ryan on a trip to Jonestown, Guyana, to investigate claims that some of Ryan’s constituents, who were members of a church called the Peoples Temple, were being held against their will by the Rev. Jim Jones of San Francisco. Some defectors from the church joined Ryan’s entourage for the journey home, but the group made it only as far as the airport. Four assassins sent by Jones opened fire on the defenseless group. Ryan and four others, including two journalists, were killed. Speier was shot five times and left for dead on the airstrip, where she waited 15 hours before the Guyana police rescued her. In the meantime, Jones, back at his jungle camp, set in motion events that shocked the world. He forced his cult followers to commit “revolutionary suicide” by drinking poison-laced punch, which resulted in the deaths of more than 900 followers, some of them babies and children.

Once back in California, Speier underwent 10 surgeries, including skin grafts. Despite her injuries, she ran in the special election to succeed Ryan, but she got only 15% of the total vote and finished third among Democrats in the primary. She returned to the Bay Area and built her political career, starting on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and then serving 18 years in the Legislature. Her pinnacle achievement was legislation protecting consumers’ privacy from invasive practices by banks and insurance companies. In 2006, she unsuccessfully sought the nomination for lieutenant governor. A year later she joined three other women in co-authoring a book, This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.

When Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, announced his retirement in early January 2008, he endorsed Speier as his successor. He died in February of complications from cancer of the esophagus. Speier immediately became the front-runner. She won the all-party election with 75% of the vote against four little-known opponents.

Immediately after she took her oath of office, she caused a ruckus when she launched a sharp partisan attack on President George W. Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. “History will not judge us kindly if we sacrifice four generations of Americans because of the folly of one,” she declared. Her remarks triggered a volley of boos among Republican members on the floor and prompted Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California to walk out of the chamber, claiming she had violated House rules of decorum. Speier responded that she had been “forthright.” Later, in March 2010, Speier joined 59 other Democrats in voting for a resolution requiring the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Since then, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, she regularly has appeared on the House floor to speak about military men and women who have been raped or sexually assaulted, and she has taken a lead role in improving delivery of benefits to Bay Area veterans. For her efforts, Newsweek in 2012 named her to its list of 150 “Women Who Shake the World,” along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and performer Lady Gaga.

In February 2011, during a House floor debate over funding for abortion providers, Speier emotionally discussed her own experience with abortion. She said that she had to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester due to a serious medical complication, and she suggested that ardent anti-abortion rights Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., was mischaracterizing the procedure she had. “For you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous,” Speier said. When Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh’s suggested abortions are never necessary to save the mother’s life, Speier said he “showed absolute ignorance about science and medicine.”

She drew additional attention in 2010 when she spent five days living on a food-stamp budget of $4.50 a day to call attention to rising poverty. That same year, she urged a recall of McDonald’s glasses promoting the movie Shrek that were tainted with cadmium, a carcinogen, and called on the online classified ad site Craigslist to shut down its adult services section, which critics said was used to advertise sex with underage girls. During debate on a major financial services regulatory bill in 2009, Speier passed in the House an amendment requiring big banks to have at least $1 in capital for every $15 in assets. In the final bill, lawmakers watered down the requirement, giving federal regulators the option of enforcing the limit only if a firm posed a “grave threat” to financial stability.

After a massive 2010 pipeline explosion in her district killed eight people, Speier introduced a pipeline safety bill. The measure, signed into law in January 2012, doubles the maximum fine for safety violations to $2 million, authorizes more pipeline inspectors, and requires automatic shut-off valves on new or replaced pipelines.

Speier considered running for state attorney general in 2010 but opted to stay in the House, easily winning reelection.

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Jackie Speier Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Jackie Speier (D)
Votes: 203,828
Percent: 78.92%
Deborah Bacigalupi (R)
Votes: 54,455
Percent: 21.08%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Jackie Speier (D)
Votes: 80,850
Percent: 74.34%
Deborah Bacigalupi (R)
Votes: 23,299
Percent: 21.42%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (76%), 2008 (75%); 2008 special (78%)
Jackie Speier 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 74 (L) : 26 (C) 68 (L) : 32 (C) 79 (L) : 21 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 76 (L) : 24 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 87 (L) : 12 (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 86.0 (L) : 14.0 (C) 80.2 (L) : 19.8 (C) 87.7 (L) : 12.3 (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
FRC00
LCV9177
CFG319
ITIC-64
NTU1922
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ACLU-92
ACU00
ADA9085
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
    • 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: Y
    • 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:
    • 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
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