A lifelong fighter for South Florida working families
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a lifelong public servant and a champion for South Florida women and families. Debbie was first elected to the Florida state House in 1992 at the age of 26 — making her at the time the youngest woman elected to the state legislature. She served in the state House for eight years, two as Democratic Whip, fighting tirelessly to give South Florida working families a fair shot. In 2000, Debbie was elected to the Florida state Senate, where she served two terms before becoming the first Jewish woman ever elected to Congress from Florida in 2004. Debbie is an experienced progressive leader and a tireless fighter in the House. She serves as a member of the Democratic House Leadership, and also works to help advance legislation important to the Democratic caucus as a chief deputy whip. In 2011, President Obama asked Debbie to serve as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and she was subsequently elected by its members to serve for two consecutive terms before stepping down. Debbie and her husband Steve have been proud to call South Florida home for more than 20 years, and they live in Weston with their three children.
A progressive pro-choice champion
Throughout her career, Debbie has earned a reputation as a tenacious fighter for progressive change. In 2009, after sharing her story of battling breast cancer, she introduced legislation creating a national education campaign about the threat breast cancer poses to all young women. This bill became law as part of the Affordable Health Care Act, which she worked tirelessly to help pass. Debbie will never stop fighting for all Americans to have access to affordable, quality health care. Debbie is a champion for women and families, and she is committed to keeping children safe. She worked to pass legislation creating a new initiative within the Department of Justice to plan and coordinate child exploitation prosecution efforts. In Congress, Debbie continues to advocate for the most vulnerable members of our communities. She has fought back against Republican Governor Rick Scott’s dangerous agenda, and has called out his attempts to roll back women’s access to health care as “unnecessary, intrusive, and unconstitutional.” Debbie is a pro-choice champion who fiercely defends women’s rights. “When I think about the kind of world I want our daughters to live in, it's one where their rights are sacred and their value is recognized,” she has said. In Congress, Debbie will continue her outstanding career serving South Florida women and families.
An experienced leader we need in Congress
EMILY’s List endorsed Debbie when she first ran for Congress in 2004, and we have been proud to support her ever since. In her six terms, she has consistently been on the front lines of the toughest fights for implementing health care reform, increasing economic opportunity for working families, and advocating policies that give women a fair shot.