Jackie Speier

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Jackie Speier : biography

May 14, 1950 –

Karen Lorraine "Jackie" Speier. ( born May 14, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for , serving in Congress since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County (formerly part of the district represented by her political mentor, Leo Ryan) and the southwest quarter of San Francisco.

She is also a former member of the California State Senate who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. On April 8, 2008, she won the special election for the vacated United States House of Representatives seat of late Congressman Tom Lantos.

Electoral history

Congressional committee assignments

  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs


  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Associate Member)

Political views


Speier supports legal abortion. When she took the National Political Awareness Test in 2002, she answered, “Abortions should always be legally available.” The organization NARAL Pro-Choice America rated Jackie Speier as 100% on interest group ratings because she supported the choice of abortion in her voting for legislation. Also, in 2008 the Planned Parenthood Organization gave Speier a 100% on her actions regarding abortion. In a speech on the House floor on February 17, 2011, Speier said that she herself had undergone an emergency D&E procedure when complications developed in a wanted pregnancy.

Gun control

Speier believes in a stricter view of gun control. According to her answers on the NPAT (National Political Awareness Test) she would like to require safety locks on all guns and background checks on prospective buyers as well as ban certain guns (other than for hunting) and strengthen state restrictions on buying and owning guns. To show that her legislation currently follows what she answered on the NPAT, when the Gun Owners of America graded Jackie Speier, they gave her an ‘F’ and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Jack Berman Advocacy Center gave her a 100%. Another organization that gave Speier a low grade on gun rights is the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California.

Environment and energy

Speier is concerned for the protection of the environment and wants to preserve the health of this planet. She lists as evidence the decline of salmon on the West Coast as proof of global warming. Speier believes global warming poses a growing danger and negatively affects the environment. When she spoke to the House on the subject of global warming and the environment, she expressed a desire “to craft a bipartisan and commonsense energy plan that makes polluters pay, provides for middle class energy tax credits, and creates a new industry and lots of good, clean, green jobs.” Jackie Speier is working to improve energy legislation with the Clean Air Rebate Act of 2009, the Home Star Act and the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Urban Terrorism

Speier introduced legislation to enhance information sharing between the Transportation Security Administration and participating mass transit agencies in high-risk jurisdictions. The goal of this expanded relationship would be to thwart terrorist attacks against high-profile transit targets.http://nation.foxnews.com/tsa/2012/06/23/tsa-s-role-extended-all-mass-transit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3140rfs/pdf/BILLS-112hr3140rfs.pdf

Gay Rights

Speier is a supporter of gay marriage.


  • This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down, by Deborah Collins Stephens, Michealene Cristini Risley, Jackie Speier, and Jan Yanehiro, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57324-305-6