Katherine Clark Biography
Katherine Clark is an American prominent politician who has served as the United States Representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional District since 2013. She will also serve as Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus starting in 2019.
Katherine Clark Age
She was born Katherine Marlea Clark on July 17, 1963, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Katherine Clark Husband | Kids
She married Rodney S. Dowell in 1992. The couple is blessed with three sons; Nathaniel Dowell, Addison Dowell, and Jared.
Katherine Clark Political party
She is a member of the Democratic political party.
Katherine Clark Early life and career
She was born in New Haven, Connecticut where she attended St. Lawrence University, Cornell Law School, and Kennedy School of Government at Havard University. In 1983 she studied in Nagoya, Japan.
She worked as an attorney in Chicago then moved to Colorado where she worked as a clerk for federal judge Alfred Albert Arraj of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado during her early career between 1990-1991. She later worked as a staff attorney for the Colorado District Attorney’s Council. In 1995 she moved to Massachusetts and became general counsel for the state Office of Child Care Services.
She moved to Melrose in 2001 where she was elected to the Melrose School Committee, taking her seat in January 2002. In 2004 she ran for the Massachusetts Senate but lost 57 to 43 percent to Republican incumbent Richard Tisei. In 2005 she was unanimously elected chairwoman of Melrose School Committee.
She decided to run for the 32nd Middlesex seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives when incumbent Mike Festabegan a run for Middlesex district attorney, but withdrew after he dropped out of the race in 2006.
Katherine Clark Congressional career
In 2013 special election for the U.S. House of Representatives in Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district she was the Democratic nominee. She was endorsed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and also received the endorsement of EMILY’s List. She won the Democratic primary with a plurality of 32% of the vote on October 15, 2013.
She easily won the special election on December 10, 2013. On December 12, 2013, she was sworn into office and sits on the House Appropriations Committee. In an interview with The Boston Globe in 2014, she compared the television series House of Cards to life in Washington, saying “It’s exactly like here; minus the murders.” In 2014 she was unopposed in her bid for the full term.
She decided not to attend the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress in early March 2015. She introduced legislation in response to Internet harassment, most notably resulting from the Gamergate controversy, and she has advocated for more stringent enforcement of existing laws.
She announced a ceremonial boycott of the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed the House Appropriations subcommittee, and she asked DeVos: If a state private school voucher program wanted to discriminate against LGBTQ students using federal taxpayer dollars, would the Education Department step in to stand up for students and taxpayers?
House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair
It was announced on November 28, 2018, that Clark had defeated California Congressman Pete Aguilar to succeed Linda Sanchez as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
Katherine Clark Net worth
She has an estimated net worth of $1.2 million.
Katherine Clark Instagram
Katherine Clark Twitter