Frederica (Freddi) S. Wilson (D-24)

US Representative Frederica Wilson

Frederica (Freddi) S. Wilson (D-24)
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Capitol: 202.225.4506
FAX: 202.226.0777
District: 305.690.5905
Representative
Room 2080 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0924
1965 South State Road 7
West Park, FL 33023
Residence:Miami Gardens, FL

Committee Assignments

RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
Co-ChairFlorida Ports Caucus
ChairmanCommission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sugar Reform Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
FC MemberCongressional Maritime Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional My Brother's Keeper Caucus
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberHouse Algae Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Israel Allies Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
FC MemberBipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Everglades Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberDemocratic Israel Working Group
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberNational Marine Sanctuary Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson proudly represents Florida's 24th Congressional District. It is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse districts in the nation and includes parts of northwest Miami-Dade and southern Broward counties. Recognizing her record of service and productivity, in 2010 voters overwhelmingly elected her to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a former educator, elementary school principal, community leader, school board member, state legislator, and founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Congresswoman Wilson earned a reputation as a "Voice for the Voiceless." Her tenure in Congress, now in its fourth term, also has been marked by her signature spirit of unrelenting advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate. The Florida lawmaker has continued her mission to improve the quality of life for her constituency by creating jobs with dignity, improving education, stopping home foreclosures, safeguarding Medicare and Social Security, and strengthening ties with Haiti and the Caribbean. As the Ranking Democrat on the Education and Workforce Protections Subcommittee in the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Wilson introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013, an innovative bill that promotes full employment and boosts workforce development opportunities; the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, which would provide vital relief to overburdened student loan borrowers; and the Youth Corp Act of 2013, which reconnects youth with education, the workforce and their communities. She has also sponsored legislation to reduce homeowners' insurance premiums, protect foster children, and defend Haitian women against gender-based violence. In addition, the lawmaker, whose mantra is "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" hosted one of the state's largest job fairs, which connected thousands of Floridians to more than 100 local and national employers. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Fisk University and a Master of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Miami, Congresswoman Wilson worked as a teacher and assistant educational coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Head Start program. She quickly rose to become principal of Skyway Elementary School, which was recognized as one of the best schools in America in President George H. W. Bush's "America 2000" plan to upgrade national education standards. In addition to raising academic standards and expectations, Congresswoman Wilson taught her students the power of advocacy. Their target was a compost plant built across the street from Skyway that emitted odors that posed a major health and environmental hazard and distracted the children from their studies. She and her students mobilized their community and lobbied government and school board officials until they achieved their goal. The compost plant closed its doors just short of two years after its opening. The experience highlighted the need for stronger local leadership and led Congresswoman Wilson to successfully campaign for a seat on the Miami-Dade County School Board in 1992. Her first legislative achievement was the establishment of the 500 Role Models of Excellence Project as a district-sanctioned program. The innovative mentoring program was inspired by the extraordinary impact of positive male influence on the attitudes and performance of the boys at Skyway Elementary during her tenure as principal. Now known as the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the program has flourished and earned much-deserved national acclaim. She won seats in the Florida House of Representatives in 1998 and the state Senate in 2002, where her peers elected her Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore and Minority Whip. The Florida lawmaker was considered the "Conscience of the Senate" based on her drive to improve life for low-income families and individuals. As a state legislator, she worked with Governor Jeb Bush to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol and passed a bill mandating HIV/AIDS testing for prisoners upon their release and linking them to care in the counties where they relocated. She also passed a bill that made rape in prison a felony crime. Other legislative achievements and priorities included relocating women in Florida prisons to facilities that would enable them to be closer to their children while serving out their sentences; opposing high-stakes testing; pushing for a ban of the term "illegal alien" in state public records; and partnering with Governor Charlie Crist to restore voting rights for ex-felons. Born in Miami, Congresswoman Wilson learned the value of public service and community activism from her parents. The late Beulah Finley Smith and the late Thirlee Smith, Sr., were small business owners and civil rights activists. Her brother, the late Thirlee Smith, Jr., was the first full-time African American reporter at the Miami Herald and a long-time educator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who was responsible for implementing African-American history into the district's curriculum. Congresswoman Wilson is widowed and the proud mother of three children- Nicole, LaKesha, and Paul - and has five beautiful grandchildren.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2010    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 11/5/1942
Counties Representing
Broward