Rep. Nita Lowey

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is currently serving her twelfth term in Congress, representing parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where she serves as Ranking Democrat of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and a senior Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee and the House Homeland Security Committee, Lowey is an extremely effective, committed legislator with a substantial record. Congressional Quarterly called her one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, saying she “maneuvers skillfully through the appropriations process,” and Newsday said she “delivers for New York.”

is a strong advocate for women, children, and families. She has been a
champion of education since her election to the House, fighting for
school modernization, teacher development, and literacy programs. Under
Lowey’s leadership, federal funding for after-school programs has
increased from $1 million in 1996 to $1 billion today.     When
GOP leaders threatened to eliminate the Public Broadcasting System
(PBS) in the mid 1990s, Lowey "invited" puppets Bert and Ernie to a
Congressional hearing. The resulting worldwide publicity is largely
credited with saving the agency. When Republican leaders again targeted
PBS for severe budget cuts in 2005, Lowey again successfully restored
funding to the program. She has been equally stalwart in her defense of
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and served on the prestigious
National Council for the Arts in recognition of her leadership.

has also fought to improve health care by authoring a bill to ensure
that women in managed care plans have direct access to their ob-gyns
and is a strong supporter of legislation to guarantee that doctors and
patients — not insurance companies — make decisions about appropriate

former Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus and the House
Pro-Choice Caucus, was called "the most prominent abortion rights
advocate in Congress" by The Washington Post.   She won
widespread praise for passage of her legislation to ensure that
insurance companies cover prescription contraceptives for federal
employees. Lowey established the Congressional Advisory Panel to the
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to encourage abstinence and
responsibility among teens. She has also been a leader in the fight
against domestic violence, securing record increases in federal funding
for battered women’s shelters.

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