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BIography/Profile/History Of Outgoing Chairperson of U.S Democratic National Committee “Debbie Wasserman Schultz”

DWSPortraitDebbie Wasserman Schultz (b. September 27, 1966, in Forest Hills, NY) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Wasserman Schultz was elected by voters from Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.caucus-wasserman-schultz-blog480

Wasserman Schultz was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004 from District 20.

She previously represented District 34 of the Florida State Senate from 2003 to 2004, District 32 of the Florida State Senate from 2001 to 2003 and District 97 of the Florida House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001.

She served as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[3] She also serves as the current chair of the Democratic National Committee. On July 24, 2016, Wasserman Schultz announced that she would resign her leadership position at the end of the party’s convention.

She won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary election. She then defeated Joe Kaufman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Wasserman Schultz was considered a possible candidate in 2016 for U.S. Senate. However, she announced on March 17, 2015, that she would not seek the Senate seat and would instead run for re-election to the House.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wasserman Schultz is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. President Barack Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his party’s chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. Party officials credit her in part with helping the president carry her home state of Florida, as well as leading the party to an expanded majority in the Senate and more seats in the House.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE – This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. President Barack Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his party’s chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. Party officials credit her in part with helping the president carry her home state of Florida, as well as leading the party to an expanded majority in the Senate and more seats in the House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biography

Wasserman Schultz was born in 1966 on Long Island, NY. She attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and with a master’s degree in 1990.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Wasserman Schultz’s academic, professional and political career:

  • 2013-present: U.S. Representative from Florida’s 23rd Congressional District
  • 2005-2013: U.S. Representative from Florida’s 20th Congressional District
  • 2003-2004: Florida State Senate, 34th District
  • 2000-2003: Florida State Senate, 32nd District
  • 1992-2000: Florida House of Representatives, 97th District
  • 1989-1992: Staff, U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch
  • 1990: Graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with an M.A.
  • 1988: Graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a B.A.
    U.S. Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Schultz receives award from Plantation Florida Democratic Club, May 5, 2013.

    U.S. Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Schultz receives award from Plantation Florida Democratic Club, May 5, 2013.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Wasserman Schultz serves on the following committees:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

2013-2014

Wasserman Schultz served on the following committees:

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations
U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Chair of the Democratic National Committee leaves the U.S. Capitol after a vote in Washington October 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Chair of the Democratic National Committee leaves the U.S. Capitol after a vote in Washington October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

2011-2012

Wasserman Schultz served on the following committees:

  • United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget
  • United States House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

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