Congresswoman Barbara Lee has represented California’s Ninth Congressional District since 1998, and in 2012 won election to represent California’s new 13th Congressional District, which encompasses Oakland and Berkeley. Rep. Lee has been a lifelong activist for racial, gender, and LGBTQ rights, and has had a wide-ranging career as a small business owner, community advocate, Hill staffer, and California State Legislator. Rep. Lee has distinguished herself as a bold progressive in the House, helping to found the Out of Poverty Caucus and the HIV/AIDS Caucus. She was an early vocal opponent of the Iraq War and the only member of Congress to vote against the Authorization on the Use of Military Force in 2001.
Congresswoman Lee serves on the Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. She is on the only African American woman in the Democratic Leadership, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Policy and Steering Committee.
A true champion of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, Rep. Lee has promoted continued aid to the Palestinian Authority and Israel and introduced a resolution promoting a diplomatic approach toward preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Her extensive travel in Israel and the West Bank has informed her passionate advocacy on behalf of a two-state solution. In the last Congress, Rep. Lee was a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirmed Congress’s commitment to the two-state solution and opposed settlement expansion and annexation.