Ellen Tauscher


Ellen Tauscher

Infobox Congressman
name=Ellen Tauscher


state=California
district=10th
party=Democratic
term_start = January 3, 1997
preceded=Bill Baker
succeeded= Incumbent
date of birth=birth date and age|1951|11|15
place of birth=Newark, New Jersey
religion=Roman Catholic
spouse=Divorced
residence=Alamo, California
occupation=investment banker
alma_mater=Seton Hall University

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher (born November 15 1951) is an American politician. She has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's 10th congressional district ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/ca10_109.gifmap] ). The district includes a number of wealthy areas in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as some areas near Sacramento, California.

Biography

Tauscher was born in Newark, New Jersey, United States, North America.

Tauscher was educated at Seton Hall University and was an investment banker and member of the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1989, Tauscher moved to California, after which she founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers.

Tauscher was active in Democratic circles as a fundraiser before challenging 10th District Congressman Bill Baker in 1996. Tauscher charged that Baker was too conservative for the district (particularly in his anti-environmental statements) and won a razor-thin victory. ["CA District 10". "Our Campaigns - CA District 10 Race - Nov 05, 1996". [3 June 2003. Our Campaigns. 23 July 2007. Retrieved from http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=29362.]

Tauscher won solid victories in 1998 and 2000 against vigorous Republican opposition. While the 10th was widely considered the most Republican of the Bay Area districts, Bay Area Republicans tend to be somewhat more moderate than their counterparts in the rest of California. Tauscher usually won by getting support from moderate Republican women.

In 2000, redistricting made Tauscher much safer when some of the more Republican parts of her district were cut out as part of state-wide redistricting. They were replaced with some more Democratic territory near Sacramento. She has since won reelection three more times without serious opposition.

Tauscher is a leading moderate Democrat. She is Chairwoman of the New Democrat Coalition, the caucus of centrist/moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives. She became a target of liberal activists after the Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives in 2006. However, she is strongly supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. [Eilperin, Juliet and Michael Grunwald. "The Woman in the Middle."The Woman in the Middle - washingtonpost.com" 21 Feb. 2007.The WashingtonPost.23 Jul. 2007 ] She is chairwoman of the House Strategic Forces subcommittee.

Committee Assignments

*Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
**Subcommittee on Aviation
**Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
**Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
*Committee on Armed Services
**Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Chair
**Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
*Co-Chair Iraqi Women's Caucus
*Co-Chair, Department of Energy Facilities Caucus
*Co-Chair, Army Corps Reform Caucus
*Co-Chair, Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus
*Co-Chair, Research and Development Caucus

References

External links

* [http://www.house.gov/tauscher/ U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher] official House site
*CongBio|t000057
* [http://herndon1.sdrdc.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/H6CA10088 Federal Election Commission — Ellen O Tauscher] campaign finance reports and data
* [http://www.ontheissues.org/CA/Ellen_Tauscher.htm On the Issues — Ellen Tauscher] issue positions and quotes
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.asp?CID=N00007422 OpenSecrets.org — Ellen O. Tauscher] campaign contributions
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=BC029008 Project Vote Smart — Representative Ellen O. Tauscher (CA)] profile
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ellen_Tauscher SourceWatch Congresspedia — Ellen Tauscher] profile
* [http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/t000057/ Washington Post — Congress Votes Database: Ellen Tauscher] voting record
* [http://www.ellentauscher.com/ Ellen Tauscher for Congress] official campaign site


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