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CCEFA Profile: Rep. Lynn Woolsey

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See below for our latest Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) profile of the Congresswoman from California, Lynn Woolsey. We’ve already profiled the Co-Chairs Ander Crenshaw and Adam Smith, as well as Representatives Keith EllisonDenny RehbergLaura Richardson, Dennis Ross, and Aaron Schock. Stay tuned for more!

Lynn Woolsey (D)

District: California’s 6th

Twitter: @replynnwoolsey

Committees:

  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
    • Workforce Protections: Ranking Member
    • Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology
    • Energy and the Environment

Representative Woolsey is a unique fixture in Congress.  Serving her 10th term in the House of Representatives and consistently promoting innovative social programs on the floor, she brings both a progressive voice and level-headed experience to CCEFA.  This combination stems from her impressive line of committee work in concert with her deep-seated commitment to social issues.  As a high ranking member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. Woolsey recognizes the importance of providing educational opportunities to youth both in the U.S. and the developing world.  Connected to her focus on education is Rep. Woolsey’s considerable investment in enacting “family-friendly policies.”  As President of Americans for Democratic Action, Rep. Woolsey has been a steadfast supporter of federal assistance to families in need and she will undoubtedly transfer this passion to CCEFA.

With resilience and determination, Rep. Woolsey has turned her ideals into concrete legislative action on multiple occasions.  She sponsored House Resolution 20, in which she implored the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  This action, coupled with her co-sponsorship of the International Women’s Freedom Act of 2011, demonstrate that Rep. Woolsey is resolved to promote women’s rights abroad with equal fervency as she does on the home front.  Going further, Rep. Woolsey also co-sponsored the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2011. Aimed to improve social and emotional well-being for people in the developing world, this bill pushes an agenda squarely in line with the principles of CCEFA.  A zealous advocate for promoting social change, Rep. Woolsey will be a welcome presence in the Caucus.

 

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