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Barbara Lee's Biography


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 12

Contact Information


409 13th Street, 17th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-663-1207

1 Kaiser Plaza, Suite 1010
Oakland, CA 94612

300 Estudillo Avenue
Room C
San Leandro, CA 94577

1470 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601

1550 Oak Street
2nd Floor Staff Room
Alameda, CA 94501

Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Full Name:

Barbara J. Lee




Spouse: Clyde; 2 Children: Craig, Tony

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

El Paso, TX

Home City:

Oakland, CA



MSW, Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, 1975

BA, Mills College, 1973

Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 13, 2013-present

Co-Chair, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, United States House of Representatives

Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 13, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022

Representative, United States House of Representatives, California, District 9, 1998-2013

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, California, District 9, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Senator, California State Senate, 1997-1998

Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 1991-1997

Member, Fourth Amendment Caucus, present

Member, Adoption Caucus

Former Member, Appropriations Committee, California State Assembly

Member, Arts Caucus

Member, Bike Caucus

Former Member, Business and Professions Committee, California State Assembly

Member, Caribbean Caucus

Member, Caucus on India and Indian Americans

Member, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Member, Congressional Black Caucus Global AIDS Task Force

Co-Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Haiti Task Force

Member, Congressional Black Caucus Minority Business Task Force

Member, Congressional Black Caucus Outreach Task Force

Co-Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Outreach Task Force

Member, Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues

Member, Congressional Caucus on Korea

Chair, Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus (COPC)

Whip, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Member, Democratic Caucus

Member, Disability Caucus

Member, Ethiopia Caucus

Member, Food Safety Caucus

Member, Global Climate Change Caucus

Member, Goods Movement Caucus

Member, Historic Preservation Caucus

Member, House Oceans Caucus

Former Member, Housing and Land Use Committee, California State Assembly

Member, Human Rights Caucus

Member, Hunger Caucus

Member, International Conservation Caucus

Former Member, Judiciary Committee, California State Assembly

Member, Malaysia Trade, Security, and Economic Cooperation Caucus

Member, Mental Health Caucus

Former Member, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Member, Native American Caucus

Member, Organic Caucus

Member, Poor People’s Caucus

Member, Port Security Caucus

Member, Pro-Choice Caucus

Member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus

Former Member, Revenue and Taxation Committee, California State Assembly

Member, Sustainable Development Caucus

Member, Universal Health Care Caucus

Member, Vision Caucus

Member, Women's Caucus

Chair, Congressional Black Caucus, 2009-2011

Founder, Community Health Alliance for Neighborhood Growth and Education (CHANGE)

Chief-of-Staff, Representative Ronald Dellums, United States House of Representatives, 1976-1986

Campaign Coordinator, Northern California, Shirley Chisholm for President, 1972

Member, Advisory Board, Alameda Boys Club

Member, Bicameral Global AIDS

Member, Black Women Organized for Political Action

Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Black United Fund

Member, Brain Injury Task Force

Board Member, California Coastal Conservancy

Member, California Commission on Status of Women

Founder, California Commission on the Status of African-American Males

Member, California Defense Conversion Council

Chair, California Rainbow Coalition

Member, Commission on the Status of Women

Member, Democratic Immigration Task Force

Member, District Export Council

Member, Education and Job Training Task Force

Member, Emergency Task Force

Board Member, Finance Committee, California Democratic Party

Member, Health and Medicine Task Force

Member, Hispanic Working Group

Former Member, Industrial Relations Committee, California State Assembly

Member, John George Democratic Club

Member, League of Women Voters

Member, Livable Communities Task Force

Member, Niagara Democratic Club

Founder, Ronald V. Dellums Democratic Club

Member, Safe Neighborhoods Task Force

Member, Task Force on Tobacco and Health

Member, The Young Voter's Project

President/Chair, Women's Network, National Conference of State Legislature

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1972

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Friends of FACTS Award, Families to Amend California's Three Strikes, LA, 2002

CWA Conference Award, 2001

HIV/AIDS Community Service Award, African American Task Force, 2001

Allen Temple Baptist Church Honors, 2001

Humane Legislator, American Humane Association, 2002

The Greenlining Academy Award, Greenlining Institutes 9th Economic Summit, 2002

Auxillia Chimosoro Award, UCSF AIDS Research, 2001

Certificate of Congratulations, Bay Capital Business and Professional Women, 2003

Award of Appreciation, A Safe Place, 2003

Union Heroine Award, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 2850, 2001

Women of Color Resource Center Award, 2001

HIV/AIDS Community Service Award, Alameda County Office of AIDS Ten Women Campaign, 2002

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award, Western States Legal Foundation & Tri-Valley Communities Against Radioactive Env., 2002

Plaque, Society of American Law Teachers Board of Governors, 2002

Certificate of Recognition, Imani Baptist Church, 2002

Patriotic Service Award, 2001

Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area, 2001

Recognition, Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 2002

Justice Clinton White Profile in Courage Award, 2002

Honor, East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission, 2003

Award, Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, 2001

National Legislator of the Year, California Public Health Association, North, 2003

Citizen of the Year Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2001

Sean MacBride Prize, International Peace Bureau, 2002

2001 Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area Award, City Flight News Magazine, 2002

One Hundred Black Men of the Bay Area Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001

Leif Eriksson Peace Award, Peace 2000 Institute in Reykjavik, Iceland, 2002

MLK Celebration Award, Taylor Memorial Church, 2002

Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Policy Award, University of California, MSW Class of 1975, 2002

Beloved Community Award, Community Learning Program at the University of Creation Spirituality, 2002

Woman of Valor Award, Northern California Sections of the Negro Council of Negro Women, 2002

Woman of the Year Award, Business and Professional Women's Federation Church of God in Christ National Chapter, 2002

Edward F. Snyder Award, 2001

Outstanding Community Service Award, 34th Annual Conference Sponsored by the National Association of Black Social Workers Inc., 2002

Certificate of Appreciation, Economic Development Alliance for Business, 2001

Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award, American Public Health Association in San Francisco, 2003

A Season for Nonviolence Recognition Award, Redwood Sequoia Congress, 2001

Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Award, 2001

Dean's Appreciation Award, University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, 2001

ANWR Award, Alaska Wilderness Coalition, 2001

Howard Thurman Award, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, 2001

Sisters of Fire Award, 2002

Inter-Action's Congressional Service Award, 2001

National Peacemaker Award, Houston Peace and Justice Center, 2003

Aachen Peace Prize, Aachen Peace Foundation in Germany, 2002

Who's Who in Congress Award, Bay Area Life Membership Committee 32nd Annual Banquet at the NAACP, 2003

Physicians for Social Responsibility Award, 2003

Woman of Achievement - Government Award, Isle City Business and Professional Women, 2003

National Parks Conservation Association Award, 2001

Humanitarian Award, 45th Annual City Wide Revival, Baptist Ministries Union of Oakland & Vicinity, 2002

Mary Rhodes Award, Loretto Women's Network in Kansas, 2002

Congressional Leadership Award, National Urban League, 2009

Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award, United Nations Association, 2012

Number of Grandchildren:



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