Nita Lowey

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Nita Lowey currently serves the 18th Congressional district of New York

Nita M. Lowey is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She currently representsNew York's 18th Congressional District (map), located in the northern suburbs of New York City and includes most of Westchester County including New Rochelle, White Plains and Ossining, as well as part of Rockland County. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 1988 to serve New York's 20th district.

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Nita Lowey voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Lowey voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Lowey cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on June 17, 2005.[2]

She also cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 15, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

National security and foreign policy

On June 21, 2007, the House considered the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008, which as sponsored by Rep. Lowey. The bill, which funded the Department of State and various international aid programs for FY2008, passed the House 241-178.

Main article: Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008

Pro-Israeli Agent

Nita Lowey is one of the most active Congresspersons pushing a pro-Israeli agenda. Jeffrey Blankfort, a California-based journalist, activist and former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, comments about Lowey: "... Nita Lowey is one of Israel's most devoted agents in Congress..."[4]

FY2008 budget

On June 5, 2007, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations approved a measure that would allow the president, now or in the future, to waive current provisions that require one-third of all U.S. aid for HIV/AIDS prevention be spend on abstinence-only programs, opening up the possibility of funding to international family planning organizations since barred from American aid resources. President Bush would not be expected to reverse the requirements, but it would leave the option open for the next president to do so. The subcommittee's Republican members, led by ranking member Frank Wolf (R-Va.), came out against the measure, citing the president's threat to veto any legislation weakening abortion laws. Rep. Lowey, the subcommittee Chair, stated that the legislation does not violate the anti-abortion policy as it leaves the authority to the president to make the decision.

Main article: Congressional actions on the federal budget/110th Congress

Bio

Lowey was born "Nita Sue Melnikoff" on July 5, 1937 in New York, New York and was educated at Mount Holyoke College.

Congresional career

In 2001 - 2002, Lowey was the first female chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Caucus.

In 2004, Lowey received 69% of the vote against political neophyte Richard A. Hoffman, a Wall Street Investor and largely self-funded candidate who ran on a platform of opposing special interests and cutting federal taxes. Lowey emphasized her track record on homeland security issues, notably her work to reform the formula for distributing homeland security grants to states.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Richard A. Hoffman to face Lowey in her November 2006 bid for reelection. Lowey retained her seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[5]

Personal Finances

Lowey lives in a home valued at $2,170,000 while the median value of homes in her district is $346,500. [1]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00001024&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Nita Lowey
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs - Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies
  • House Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Nita Lowey. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2329 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6506
Fax: 202-225-0546
Web Email
Website

District Office- Rockland:
Rockland, NY
Phone: 845-639-3485
Fax: 845-639-3487

District Office- White Plains:
222 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-428-1707
Fax: 914-328-1505

District Office- Yonkers:
1500 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: 914-779-9766
Fax:

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  4. From Blankfort's email distribution notes 16 Feb. 2007
  5. "2006 Elections in New York," Center for Responsive Politics.

Articles

Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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 Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on State Foreign Opeartions and Related Programs, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Homeland Security, House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Emergency Communications Preparedness and Response
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1988
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1989
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
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Previous Political Work?
New York Assistant Secretary of State
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District Offices:
1. Rockland, NY
Phone: 845-639-3485 / Fax: 845-639-3487
2. 222 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-428-1707 / Fax: 914-328-1505
3. 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
Phone: 914-779-9766 / Fax:




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Date of Birth: July 5, 1937