Marcy (Marcy) C. Kaptur (D-USH09)
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Capitol: 202.225.4146
FAX: 202.225.7711
District: 419.259.7500
District FAX: 419.255.9623
Room 2186 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3509

Residence: Toledo, OH
Elected: 1982    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 6/17/1946
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
Co-ChairCongressional Automotive Caucus
Co-ChairGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberPotato Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Full Employment Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Ukraine Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional NASA Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Victims of Communism Caucus
FC MemberMidwest High Speed Rail Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairHungarian American Caucus
FC MemberRussia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberFuture of American Media Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refinery Caucus
FC MemberHouse Lumber Trade Caucus
FC MemberMitochondrial Disease Caucus
FC MemberHouse Sugar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Inventions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Defense
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Quality Care Coalition
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Aluminum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Spina Bifida Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Counties Representing
Cuyahoga / Erie / Lorain / Lucas / Ottawa


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, is currently serving her seventeenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history. Congresswoman Kaptur ranks among the most senior Members of the 115th Congress.

She is a Polish-American with humble, working class roots. Her family operated a small grocery store and her mother later served on the original organizing committee of a trade union at the Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo.

In 1981, while pursuing a doctorate in urban planning and development finance at MIT, she was recruited by the Lucas County Democratic Party to run for Congress against a first-term Republican. Although she was outspent by a 3-to-1 margin, Kaptur parlayed a strong economic message during the 1982 recession to stage a nationally-recognized upset.

In Washington, Kaptur fought vigorously to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Today she is the ranking member on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which is fitting given that the Ninth District hugs the Lake Erie coastline from Cleveland to Toledo.

Congresswoman Kaptur also is the first Democratic woman ever to serve on the powerful Defense Subcommittee. There, she is a strong advocate for national security, energy independence and adequate support for the armed forces.

She is also a member of the Interior Subcommittee where she fights for clean water programs that protect our Great Lakes. Earlier in her congressional career, she served on the Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee as well as the Banking Committee. She served on the Budget Committee as recently as the 112th Congress.

Born into a family steeped in patriotism and military service, Congresswoman Kaptur has made support for America's seniors, including veterans, the touchstone of her career in Congress. That dedication was displayed during the long legislative battle she waged to have a World War II memorial built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The idea came from Roger Durbin, a constituent who had fought in World War II. Congresswoman Kaptur worked together with Mr. Durbin to make his dream a reality. Despite many setbacks and detours, she never relented.

Seventeen years later, on a sunny May 29, 2004, Congresswoman Kaptur spoke as a crowd estimated at 150,000 people, including three presidents, gathered for the long-awaited dedication of the National World War II Memorial. "What a privilege it has been to carry this dream forward for 17 years" she said.

President George W. Bush accepted the memorial on behalf of the American people, calling it a "fitting tribute, open and expansive, like America- grand and enduring, like the achievements we honor." Roger Durbin had died four years earlier, but he was remembered and honored prominently during the ceremony. The memorial today is one of the most popular and beloved attractions in Washington, D.C. World War II veterans, now in their mid-eighties and nineties, are treated as heroes there every day.

Congresswoman Kaptur's effort on the memorial and her advocacy on behalf of veterans led the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor her with their prestigious Americanism Award. She has also received the Prisoner of War "Barbed Wire" Award for her commitment to veterans' affairs.

She championed the cause of workers who got sick after exposure to beryllium by guiding a major piece of legislation to passage on their behalf. She has secured funding for a pathbreaking study into the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental health issues among our armed forces. And she helped lead a community effort to save the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo when it was threatened by the base closure commission.

Congresswoman Kaptur has always shown strong interest in America's standing in the world and its relations with other countries.

She currently serves on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and co-chairs the Congressional Hungarian Caucus and also the Ukraine Caucus.

A strong supporter of Middle East peace, she directed the first surplus farm commodities in 1999 to support the peace process in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Congresswoman Kaptur remains dedicated to the development of democratic institutions globally.

She has spearheaded private charitable efforts to alleviate suffering in nations such as Ukraine and Vietnam.

As leader on issues related to international trade and human and labor rights, Kaptur has led the fight for fair trade laws, dating back to her opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In 1993, Congresswoman Kaptur was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Toledo in recognition of her "effective representation of the community." St. Ursula Academy named Kaptur Alumna of the Year in 1995.

She is recipient of the Taubman College Distinguished Alumna award from the University of Michigan, making her the first woman so recognized and the first graduate of the Urban and Regional Planning Program to be so honored. Kaptur recently received the Director's Award from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for her commitment to increased understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of Eurasia, Russia and East Europe.

She was named the National Mental Health Association's "Legislator of the Year" for her championing mental health and received the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard" Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently returned money to the federal Treasury. She refuses to accept Congressional pay raises and donates them to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes in her home community.

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