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Rosa DeLauro

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1991
Preceded by Bruce Morrison

Born March 2, 1943 (1943-03-02) (age 66)
New Haven, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Stan Greenberg
Residence New Haven, Connecticut
Alma mater Marymount College, Columbia University
Occupation political assistant, nonprofit program coordinator
Religion Roman Catholic

Rosa L. DeLauro (born March 2, 1943), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. The district is based in New Haven, and includes most of that city's suburbs.

DeLauro is the chairwoman of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. Additionally, she is one of the leading members on the House Budget Committee, the same committee former 3rd District congressman Robert Giaimo ran as chairman until 1981.



DeLauro was born to an Italian-American family in New Haven, and earned her high school diploma from The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor's degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, as well as separate master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University.

She is married to political strategist Stan Greenberg. They are close friends of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.


DeLauro worked as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for Senator Chris Dodd and executive director of EMILY's List before entering the House.

DeLauro won the Democratic primary for the 3rd District after four-term incumbent Bruce Morrison gave up the seat to make an ultimately unsuccessful run for governor. She defeated State Senator Thomas Scott in a very competitive contest, taking 52 percent of the vote. However, she has never faced another contest nearly that close, and has been reelected nine times.

In the 2006 election she was re-elected to a ninth term, defeating Republican challenger Joseph Vollano and Green Party challenger Daniel Sumrall, with 76% of the vote. [1]

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2008, that DeLauro was "a top contender" for the position of Labor Secretary in the Obama administration.[2] However, President-elect Obama announced the nomination of fellow congresswoman Hilda Solis for the position on December 19.[3]


DeLauro is one of the most liberal members of the House. She is a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

DeLauro speaking on behalf of Barack Obama at a rally in Hartford, CT

In May 2006, she was linked in press reports to Senator Christopher Dodd's potential bid for President in 2008. On February 2, 2008, DeLauro endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President at her home in New Haven, Connecticut.[4]

The top campaign contribution to DeLauro in 2007-2008 was $14,600 from employees of United Technologies.



She is an honorary board member of the National Organization of Italian American Women. She is a leader in the group Catholic Democrats. [5]


Rosa DeLauro is active on health policy issues, particularly women's health. She has introduced numerous bills aimed at improving cancer treatment and research and women's health policies. As chair of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Food and Drug Administration, she has been an outspoken critic of that agencies failures to protect the public from unsafe foods and medical products.

On October 3, 2008, DeLauro voted a second time in the House in favor the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to help stabilize an economic crisis.[6] She is currently working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. In November 2007 DeLauro had a hip replaced.[7] She has urged politicians to be "big thinkers" on the issue of universal health care.[8]

DeLauro was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

HR 875

DeLauro has introduced HR 875 [1], The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. This legislation is aimed at reforming the food safety responsibilities handled by the FDA. It would split the agency into an agency responsible for food safety (the Food Safety Administration) and another responsible for regulation of drugs and devices. The bill has been the subject of what calls "Internet hysteria," including claims that the bill would outlaw organic farming and even backyard gardening. Numerous sources, including Food & Water Watch, have refuted these rumours, although some activists do describe the bill's "one-size-fits-all" approach as harmful to smaller producers.[2][3][4]

Committee assignments

Party Leadership


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bruce Morrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

1991 – present


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