Nita (Nita) M. Lowey (D-USH17)
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Capitol: 202.225.6506
FAX: 202.225.0546
District: 914.428.1707
District FAX: 914.328.1505
Room 2365 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3217

Residence: Harrison, NY
Elected: 1988    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Stephen Lowey   DOB: 7/5/1937
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Appropriations
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Co-ChairHouse Afterschool Caucus
Co-ChairCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
Co-ChairTax Equity Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Tennis Caucus
ChairmanAirport Noise Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Drug Prevention Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Jordan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
FC MemberNew York Bipartisan Congressional Delegation
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
FC MemberCongressional Long Island Caucus
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
Ex-OfficioHouse Subcommittee on Defense
FC MemberCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Bronx / Rockland / Westchester


Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is currently serving her sixteenth term in Congress, representing parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She is also the first woman to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Lowey was selected by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Lowey is an extremely effective, committed legislator with a substantial record. Congressional Quarterly called her one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, saying she "maneuvers skillfully through the appropriations process" and Newsday said she "delivers for New York." Few members of Congress have taken key leadership roles on so many vital public policy issues. Lowey is a leading Congressional proponent of educational opportunity, health care quality and biomedical research, improved homeland security preparedness, stricter public safety laws, environmental protection, women's issues, a leading international role for the United States, and national security.

An outspoken supporter of transportation, nuclear, and infrastructure security, Lowey was appointed to the Select Committee on Homeland Security and recognized by the New York Post as "a key general in the battle to rebuild New York" for her leadership in securing over $20 billion for recovery efforts after September 11, 2001. Her efforts to distribute homeland security grants based on risk and to screen airport personnel in secure areas have been endorsed by The New York Times. Lowey has also helped to obtain more than $68 million in federal funds to develop local bioterrorism response plans and to provide local first responders with interoperable communication devices, rescue equipment, and personal protective gear.

Lowey is a strong advocate for women, children, and families. She has been a champion of education throughout her career, fighting for school modernization, teacher development, and literacy programs. Under Lowey's leadership, federal funding for after-school programs has increased from $1 million in 1996 to $1 billion today.

When GOP leaders threatened to eliminate the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the 1990s, Lowey "invited" puppets Bert and Ernie to a Congressional hearing. The resulting worldwide publicity is largely credited with saving the agency. When Republican leaders again targeted PBS for severe budget cuts in 2005, Lowey again successfully restored funding to the program. She has been equally stalwart in her defense of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and served on the prestigious National Council for the Arts in recognition of her leadership.

Lowey is one of the Appropriations Committee's leading advocates of increased federal investments in biomedical research on diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's at the National Institutes of Health. Called a "champion of increased funding for breast cancer research" by The Washington Post, Lowey has received multiple honors from the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

As public health experts warn that our nation is woefully unprepared for a possible influenza pandemic, Congresswoman Lowey has pressed for action. Recognized as "an early advocate for pandemic preparedness" by the New York Daily News, she authored legislation to create a comprehensive pandemic plan and enacted requirements for federal and state preparedness plans utilized in the response to the April 2009 swine flu outbreak.

Lowey has also fought to improve health care by authoring a bill to ensure that women in managed care plans have direct access to their ob-gyns and is a strong supporter of legislation to guarantee that doctors and patients -- not insurance companies -- make decisions about appropriate care.

A strong public safety advocate, Lowey supported the Brady Law and supports reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban, Lowey was named Mothers Against Drunk Driving's (MADD) "Legislator of the Year" for her leadership in authoring the nation's "Zero Tolerance" law, which made it illegal for minors to drive after consuming any alcohol, and the national DWI standard of .08 BAC. She is the author of legislation to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses.

On the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Lowey has also worked to ensure that diplomacy and development remain key pillars of our national security strategy, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Called "one of the engines of pro-Israel activity on Capitol Hill" by the Forward, Lowey has been a leading Congressional proponent of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and the Appropriations Committee's chief advocate of the annual U.S. aid package to Israel. In 2007, she was chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as a member of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, recommended by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission to coordinate classified programs and funding.

A longtime champion of human rights and enhancing the role of women in development, Lowey has taken a key role in fighting for democracy, justice, and economic opportunity around the world. She has been praised by the Boston Globe as someone who "speaks of the world's victimized women and children as if they were voters in her district." Lowey was born in the Bronx; graduated from the Bronx High School of Science; and received a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Holyoke College. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York before being elected to Congress. Nita and Stephen Lowey have been married for more than 50 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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