- Democratic Member of Congress
- Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
- Defended the Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua during the 1980s
- Former executive director of EMILY’s List
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DeLauro is a Democratic
Member of Congress who represents the Third District of Connecticut,
centered on the city of New Haven.
in March 1943 in Wooster Square, Connecticut, DeLauro grew up in a
political family; both her parents were New Haven aldermen. She
the London School of Economics in 1962-63, graduated from Marymount
College (in New York State) in 1964 with a degree
in history and political science, and earned
a master’s degree in international politics from Columbia
In the 1960s DeLauro
as a community organizer for President Lyndon Johnson’s War on
Poverty. In 1976-77 she served as
assistant to New Haven mayor Frank Logue. From 1981-87 she was chief
for Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd, at a time when Dodd
was a leading opponent of the Contras and other anti-Communist forces
in Central America.
And in 1987-88, DeLauro served as executive
director of "Countdown
'87," a lobbying organization
dedicated to ending U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
1989-1990, DeLauro was executive
director of the political fundraising organization EMILY's
When her local congressman ran for Governor of Connecticut in 1990,
DeLauro entered the race for his vacated seat in the House of Representatives. With the
connections that EMILY's List gave her to celebrity money and
political favors, she raised
$957,000 for her campaign and won the election by a 52-to-48 percent
margin. She has been re-elected every two years since then. A leading
of her numerous political campaigns has been the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of
Trial Lawyers of America. DeLauro also has drawn strong support from the members and political action committees of
powerful labor unions like the American Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, UNITE HERE!, the National Education Association, and the Service Employees International Union.
In 2003 DeLauro served on the advisory
of the Progressive
Majority, a political networking group dedicated
to electing leftist candidates to public
2004 DeLauro, who is
a supporter of the organization Catholic Democrats, spoke out
against the Catholic Church when it threatened to deny the sacrament
of communion to lawmakers who favored abortion rights.
May 2007 DeLauro was a guest
speaker at an event sponsored by the Agenda for Shared
Prosperity -- a project of the Economic Policy Institute.
May 27 to June 1, 2007, DeLauro toured
Havana, Cuba "to examine
the transition that is occurring in Cuba and the impact of that
transition on U.S. policy, as well as to examine agriculture and
trade with the island." Accompanying her on the trip were such
notables as former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. A few days later, DeLauro urged an end to U.S. trade and travel sanctions against Cuba.
In 2009 it was learned that for the previous five years, DeLauro had allowed multi-millionaire congressman Rahm Emanuel
to live rent-free in her Capitol Hill townhouse. Emanuel had failed to
report this arrangement on any of his financial-disclosure forms, as
congressional ethics rules require.
DeLauro is a member of the Congressional
Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. According to Americans for Democratic Action, she votes with the
Left 95 to 100 percent of the time. For an overview of DeLauro's
voting record on particularly significant legislation, click here.
is married to Stanley Greenberg, who served as a pollster for President Bill
Clinton from 1991-1994, and for Senators Al
and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004,
For additional information on Rosa DeLauro, click here.