Brenda (Brenda) Lawrence (D-USH14)
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Capitol: 202.225.5802
FAX: 202.226.2356
District: 313.880.2400
Representative
Room 2463 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2214

Residence: Southfield, MI
Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: McArthur Lawrence   DOB: 10/18/1954
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
Co-ChairSkilled Workforce Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations
Co-ChairDemocratic Women's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Iraq Caucus
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Appropriations
Second Vice ChairCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberInterstate 69 Congressional Caucus (I-69)
FC MemberIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Work for Warriors Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Government Operations
FC MemberCongressional Youth Challenge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Inventions Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberCongressional Civility and Respect Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
FC MemberAuto Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Reform
Co-ChairCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Counties Representing
Oakland / Wayne

Bio

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence represents Michigan's 14th Congressional District that includes a portion of Detroit, the City of Southfield and 16 other cities located in Oakland and Wayne counties. Living in the 14th District her entire life, she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2014 and has been re-elected in 2016, 2018, and 2020.

Congresswoman Lawrence serves as Co-Chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus, 2nd Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations. She's the Vice Chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves on the subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS), subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) and the subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG). She is also a member of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform where she serves on the subcommittee on Government Operations.

Born and raised in Detroit, Congresswoman Lawrence is a product of Michigan's public-school system. She is an alumna of Pershing High School and earned her bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Before she began her career in public service, the Congresswoman had a notable career with the U.S. Postal Service.

In November of 2001, Congresswoman was elected as Mayor of the City of Southfield. She was the first African American and the first woman to serve in that position. She previously served on the Southfield City Council, where she was elected President in 1999. Additionally, she sat on the Southfield Public School Board of Education where she served as President, Vice President, and Secretary.

Congresswoman Lawrence and her husband, McArthur Lawrence, are the proud parents of Michael and Michelle. They also adore one granddaughter, Asya.