Congresswoman Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) represents the 13th Congressional District (which includes Oakland) in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a Democrat who has held this office since 1998. Ms. Lee was the first woman to represent the district.
Always a strong voice, Congresswoman Lee was the only member of either the Senate or the House (420-1) that voted against giving the president a "blank check" for military force after the attacks on September 11, 2001. She believed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was overly broad. 1 For this (i think it was for this?) she earned a bumper sticker that can be seen around town: "Barbara Lee Speaks for Me."
Barbara Lee attended Mills College (where she volunteered with the Black Panthers 1) in Oakland, followed by enrollment at UC Berkeley where she earned a Master in Social Work.
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According to her newsletter, 4/24/13 marks the 15th anniversary of Barbara Lee being elected to Congress in a special election.
Barbara Lee was the recipient of the East Bay Express Best Politician Readers' Poll Award in 2014 and 2015.
Links and References
- Angry Letters to the One Member of Congress Who Voted Against the War on Terror The Atlantic September 14, 2014