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Diana DeGette


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Pat Schroeder

Born July 29, 1957 (1957-07-29) (age 52)
Tachikawa, Japan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lino Lipinsky
Residence Denver, Colorado
Alma mater Colorado College, New York University
Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian
Diana DeGette, at podium, denounces a proposed amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage.

Diana Louise DeGette (born July 29, 1957) is a politician from the U.S. state of Colorado. She has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Colorado's 1st congressional district (map). The district is based in Denver. She is also the Chief Deputy Whip in the 110th, 111th United States Congress after the House Majority Whip James Clyburn. DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky, a partner in the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and she has two daughters.

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Political career

A fourth-generation Coloradan, DeGette was born in Tachikawa, Japan while her father served in the armed forces. She graduated from Colorado College where she was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in 1979, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1982. She then returned to Denver and began a law practice focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.

Long active in Denver politics, she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 and chosen as assistant minority leader. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, also known as the "Bubble Bill". The United States Supreme Court found DeGette's "Bubble Bill" constitutional in Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000). She also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.

1st District Congresswoman Pat Schroeder didn't run for a 13th term in 1996. DeGette's principal opponent in the 1996 primary was former City Council member Tim Sandos, whom Denver Mayor Wellington Webb endorsed shortly before the primary. DeGette won the primary with 55 percent of the vote, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st District has been in Democratic hands for all but six years since 1933). Schroeder, who stayed neutral during the primary, endorsed DeGette once DeGette became the Democratic nominee. DeGette won in November 1996 with 57 percent and has been reelected four times against major Republican opposition. She won a fifth term in 2004 with a district-record 76 percent, and did not face significant-party opposition in 2006.

In Congress, she serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is the only Coloradan. She also serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and the Pro-Choice caucus. She currently serves as a chief deputy whip. With the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm elections, DeGette briefly considered running for House Majority Whip, but bowed out in favor of Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

DeGette received national attention in 2005, when the House of Representatives passed legislation she cosponsored to lift President George W. Bush's limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. DeGette, who had had been working on the measure since 2001, enlisted the support of Representative Michael N. Castle (Republican from Delaware), who became DeGette's principal Republican cosponsor of the legislation. The DeGette-Castle bill passed the Senate on July 18, 2006. President Bush vetoed the bill the next day — his first veto.

In 2007, DeGette served as the House Democrats' designated whip on the bill reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (HR 3162). Although President Bush announced his opposition to the legislation, the House passed the bill on August 1, 2007 by a vote of 225 to 204. The Senate adopted a different version of the legislation the next day.

DeGette was also a cosponser for the Udall Amendment to the House Energy Bill, which the House approved by a vote of 220 to 190 on August 4, 2007. The Amendment creates a national Renewable Energy Standard that requires electric suppliers to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, 4 percent of which can come from efficiency, by the year 2020.

On September 12, 2007, DeGette announced that she would introduce the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007 in Congress. The bill was unsuccessful and did not pass the committee level.[1]

She is a cosponsor of legislation to provide the District of Columbia voting representation.[2]

On January 24, 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Representative DeGette to the House Page Board.

On November 26, 2007, DeGette announced her endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton for president, and was named national co-chair of Clinton's Health Care Policy Task Force and adviser on stem-cell research.[3] DeGette was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August 2008. DeGette continued to endorse Clinton after Colorado Democrats, and DeGette's constituents in Denver, voted more than 2 to 1 in support of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in Colorado's caucus on February 5, 2008.[4][5]

DeGette was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions (except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother) in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Books

On August 4, 2008, DeGette's first book Sex, Science, and Stem Cells, was released by The Lyons Press. In this book, DeGette writes that there are "110 million Americans suffering from diseases who stood to gain from potential applications" of stem-cell science.[6] She writes, "Over time, I realized that the politicization of science by the Republicans and the religious right was at its most insidious over any issue relating to human reproduction....This brought me to the inevitable conclusion that too many of our elected officials are simply incapable of thinking rationally about sex. I could think of no other explanation."[7]

Committee assignments

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Party leadership

References

  1. ^ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-3756
  2. ^ H.R. 2043 ("To establish the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.")
  3. ^ "Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette Endorses Clinton". http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=4370. 
  4. ^ "Colorado Caucus Results - Election Guide 2008 - The New York Times". http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/states/CO.html. 
  5. ^ "The Denver Post: Dems may see superdelegate "chaos"". http://www.denverpost.com/popular/ci_8190382. 
  6. ^ "Blinded By Science, A Review of Sex, Science, and Stem Cells by Yuval Levin on NRO". http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTNmYjFjMTI0NmE0ZWJmMTFmNmM5Yzc1MGRiNTNhZWI=&w=MA==. 
  7. ^ "Ibid.". http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTNmYjFjMTI0NmE0ZWJmMTFmNmM5Yzc1MGRiNTNhZWI=&w=MA==. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Patricia Schroeder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st congressional district

1997 – present
Incumbent

Diana DeGette
File:Diana DeGette, official Congressional

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Pat Schroeder

Born July 29, 1957 (1957-07-29) (age 53)
Tachikawa, Japan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lino Lipinsky
Residence Denver, Colorado
Alma mater Colorado College, New York University
Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

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Diana Louise DeGette (born July 29, 1957) is a politician from the U.S. state of Colorado. She has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing [[Colorado's 1Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst: congressional district]] ([[:Image:|map]]). The district is based in Denver. She is also one of the Chief Deputy Majority Whips in the 110th, 111th United States Congress after the House Majority Whip James Clyburn. DeGette is married to Lino Lipinsky, a partner in the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, and she has two daughters.

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Early life, education and career

A fourth-generation Coloradan, DeGette was born in Tachikawa, Japan while her father served in the armed forces. She graduated from Colorado College where she was elected to the Pi Gamma Mu international honor society in 1979, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University in 1982. She then returned to Denver and began a law practice focusing on civil rights and employment litigation.

Colorado Legislature

Long active in Denver politics, she was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992. She was reelected in 1994 and chosen as assistant minority leader. She authored a law that guarantees Colorado women unobstructed access to abortion clinics and other medical care facilities, also known as the "Bubble Bill". The United States Supreme Court found DeGette's "Bubble Bill" constitutional in Hill v. Colorado, 530 U.S. 703 (2000). She also authored the state Voluntary Cleanup and Redevelopment Act, a model for similar cleanup programs.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Party leadership

In Congress, she serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is the only Coloradan and current Vice Chair, under Chairman Henry Waxman. She is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. She serves as the co-chair of both the Congressional Diabetes Caucus and Pro-Choice Caucus, and is Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. She currently serves as a Chief Deputy Majority Whip. With the Democrats' victory in the 2006 midterm elections, DeGette briefly considered running for House Majority Whip, but bowed out in favor of Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

DeGette received national attention in 2005, when the House of Representatives passed legislation she cosponsored to lift President George W. Bush's limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. DeGette, who had had been working on the measure since 2001, enlisted the support of Representative Michael N. Castle (Republican from Delaware), who became DeGette's principal Republican cosponsor of the legislation. The DeGette-Castle bill passed the Senate on July 18, 2006. President Bush vetoed the bill the next day — his first veto.

In 2007, DeGette served as the House Democrats' designated whip on the bill reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (HR 3162). Although President Bush announced his opposition to the legislation, the House passed the bill on August 1, 2007 by a vote of 225 to 204. The Senate adopted a different version of the legislation the next day.

DeGette was also a cosponsor for the Udall Amendment to the House Energy Bill, which the House approved by a vote of 220 to 190 on August 4, 2007. The Amendment creates a national Renewable Energy Standard that requires electric suppliers to produce 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, 4 percent of which can come from efficiency, by the year 2020.

On September 12, 2007, DeGette announced that she would introduce the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007 in Congress. The bill was unsuccessful and did not pass the committee level.[1] She reintroduced the bill in 2009.

She is a cosponsor of legislation to provide the District of Columbia voting representation.[2]

On January 24, 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Representative DeGette to the House Page Board.

On November 26, 2007, DeGette announced her endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton for president, and was named national co-chair of Clinton's Health Care Policy Task Force and adviser on stem-cell research.[3] DeGette was a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August 2008.

DeGette was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions (except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother) in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Political campaigns

1996

Longtime First District Congresswoman Pat Schroeder chose not to run for a 13th term in 1996, which prompted DeGette to run. DeGette's principal opponent in the 1996 primary election was former City Council member Tim Sandos, whom Denver Mayor Wellington Webb endorsed shortly before the primary. DeGette won the primary with 55 percent of the vote, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic district (the 1st District has been in Democratic hands for all but six years since 1933). Schroeder, who stayed neutral during the primary, endorsed DeGette once DeGette became the Democratic nominee. DeGette won with 57 percent, and has been reelected six times since.

2006

DeGette won against Green Party nominee Tom Kelly.

2008

DeGette won against Republican nominee George Lilly, Libertarian nominee Martin Buchanan, and Independent Gary Swing.

2010

DeGette is being challenged by Republican nominee Mike Fallon, Green nominee Gary Swing, American Constitutional Party nominee Chris Styskal, and Libertarian nominee Clint Jones.

Books

On August 4, 2008, DeGette's first book Sex, Science, and Stem Cells, was released by The Lyons Press. In this book, DeGette writes that there are "110 million Americans suffering from diseases who stood to gain from potential applications" of stem-cell science.[4] She writes, "Over time, I realized that the politicization of science by the Republicans and the religious right was at its most insidious over any issue relating to human reproduction....This brought me to the inevitable conclusion that too many of our elected officials are simply incapable of thinking rationally about sex. I could think of no other explanation."[5]

  • Diana DeGette, Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason, The Lyons Press (August 4, 2008), ISBN 978-1599214313

References

  1. ^ "H.R. 3756 [110th]: Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007". GovTrack.us. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-3756. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ H.R. 2043 ("To establish the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.")
  3. ^ "Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette Endorses Clinton". http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=4370. 
  4. ^ "Blinded By Science, A Review of Sex, Science, and Stem Cells by Yuval Levin on NRO". http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTNmYjFjMTI0NmE0ZWJmMTFmNmM5Yzc1MGRiNTNhZWI=&w=MA==. 
  5. ^ "Ibid.". http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTNmYjFjMTI0NmE0ZWJmMTFmNmM5Yzc1MGRiNTNhZWI=&w=MA==. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Patricia Schroeder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from [[Colorado's 1Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst: congressional district]]

1997 – present
Incumbent


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