Yvette Clarke

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Yvette Clarke currently serves the 11th Congressional district of New York

Yvette Clarke, a Democrat, has represented the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Claims to have graduated from Oberlin

Clarke's 2004 campaign website and 2005 city council biography listed her as having graduated from Oberlin. She did not, however, earn a degree from the institution, though she did attend. Clarke blamed the error on a lapse in memory and not realizing that credits that she had done during her last semester at Medgar Evers College in New York had not transferred back to the Ohio school. [1]


Clarke was born in New York City in 1964 to parents who had immigrated from the Caribbean prior to her birth. She attended Oberlin College, but did not graduate from the school. [2] In 2001, Clarke was elected to the New York City Council seat that had been occupied by her mother, Una, for the previous 10 years. Before coming to the City Council, Clarke was Director of Business Development for the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and was the first Director of the Bronx portion of the New York City Empowerment Zone. [3]

While a member of the council, Clarke used her position in city government to speak out on national issues that go well beyond her area of actual jurisdiction. She co-sponsored City Council resolutions that opposed the war in Iraq, criticized the federal Patriot Act and called for a national moratorium on the death penalty. She has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, and has spoken out against budget cuts by Bush and the Republican Congress on the following federal programs: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Elimination of the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA), the elimination of nutritional food stamp programs and early education services for low-income children and families.[4]

Congressional career

2006 elections

In the 2006 congressional elections, Clarke defeated Republican Stephen Finger to replace Rep. Major Owens, who retired.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

More Background Data


Washington D.C. Office:
1029 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202) 225-6231
Fax: (202) 226-0112
Web Email

Brooklyn Office:
123 Linden Boulevard
Fourth Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone:(718) 287-1142
Fax: (718) 287-1223

Articles and Resources


Local blogs and discussion sites


Ben Smith and Celeste Katz, "Pol admits she didn't get degree," New York Daily News, August 24, 2006. Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee Management Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee onTransportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship,
Congressional Career
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November 7, 2006
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January 4, 2007
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New York City Council,
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1. 123 Linden Boulevard, Fourth Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: 718-287-1142 / Fax: 718-287-1223

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Date of Birth: November 21, 1964