Nita Lowey Wiki
Nita Lowey(full name: Nita Sue Melnikoff Lowey) is an American politician who has served as a U.S. Representative from New York since 1989. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Lowey’s district was numbered as the 20th from 1989 to 1993, as the 18th from 1993 to 2013, and has been the 17th since 2013.
Nita Lowey Biography
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is currently serving her fifteenth term in Congress, representing parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988.
Lowey has been described as “courageous” by The New York Times, “terrific” by Newsday, and one of “New York’s key Members of Congress” by the New York Daily News.
The Journal News called Congresswoman Lowey “one of the most influential Members of Congress.” And Congressional Quarterly cited her as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, saying she “maneuvers skillfully through the appropriations process.”
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Lowey was selected by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. She is the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee.
Few members of Congress have taken key leadership roles on so many vital public policy issues. Lowey has led the effort to make our nation more secure by improving first responders’ preparedness and equipment and preparing for a possible avian flu pandemic. She has worked to increase health care access and biomedical research and spearheaded the effort to more than double funding for breast cancer research.
A strong proponent of education, she has successfully fought efforts to cut funding for public broadcasting and has supported fully funding the federal government’s commitment to education at all levels. Because she understands that instability abroad undermines security at home, she is a fierce advocate for increasing developmental assistance abroad on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.
Lowey served in the House Democratic Leadership in 2001 and 2002 as the first woman and first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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 50 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Nita Lowey Age
Nita Sue Melnikoff Lowey was born in July 1937, in New York, New York, United States.
Nita Lowey Family
Lowey was born in the Bronx in New York, New York, the daughter of Beatrice (Fleisher) and Jack Melnikoff. She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and then Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. She served as a government official before entering elected politics and was once the Assistant Secretary of State of New York
Nita Lowey Husband
Lowey is married to Stephen Lowey, a named partner in the law firm of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart, P.C., which is located in White Plains, NY. According to the West Corporation, his practice areas include securities law, antitrust law, and consumer protection.
They have three children and eight grandchildren. The estimate of her personal asset wealth, based on financial disclosures members of Congress are required to provide (aside from that of personal residences and non-interest-bearing bank accounts), puts Rep. Lowey’s wealth at $41.2 million in 2010, based largely on her husband’s investments.
This is derived from a special investigative series of asset wealth of all U.S. Congressional Representatives conducted by The Washington Post.
Nita Lowey Children
The couple has three children
- Dana Lowey
- Douglas Lowey
- Jackie Lowey
Nita Lowey Height
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Nita Lowey Net Worth
Nita Lowey Contact
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Nita Lowey Election
Lowey was first elected to the House of Representatives from New York’s 20th congressional district in 1988. Following redistricting after the 1990 Census, Lowey was elected from the 17th district.
Her district is located in the northern suburbs of New York City and includes most of Westchester County including White Plains, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Ossining and all of Rockland County, including the county seat New City, Haverstraw, and Congers. She used to represent some of the far northern portions of Queens and the Bronx until redistricting after the 2000 Census removed the New York City portion of her district.
Lowey strongly considered running for the United States Senate in 2000 but stepped aside when First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy. Lowey was considered a top contender for appointment to Clinton’s Senate seat after Clinton was nominated to be Secretary of State, but in a December 1, 2008, phone interview with the Associated Press, she stated that she isn’t interested in giving up her senior seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
In 2004, Lowey received 69% of the vote against political newcomer Richard A. Hoffman, a Wall Street investor and a largely self-funded candidate who ran on a platform of opposing special interests and cutting federal taxes. Lowey emphasized her track record on homeland security issues, notably her work to reform the formula for distributing homeland security grants to states.
In 2006, also against Hoffman, Lowey won with 70%.
Lowey was re-elected to an eleventh term in 2008, with 68% of the vote against unsupported James C. “Jim” Russell.
Nita Lowey Office
Representative (D-NY 17th District) since 2013. OFFICE LOCATIONS
Nita Lowey Tenure
Lowey received an “A” on the Drum Major Institute’s 2005 Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues. She received 12% on the Club for Growth’s 2007 congressional scorecard. According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Lowey consistently votes in support of the policies of the Democratic Party and is seen as a strong and effective progressive voice in that legislative body.
Her voting record on mass surveillance earned her a “D” on the Stand Against Spying Congressional Scorecard, which was created by a coalition of organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum advocating for transparency and an end to mass surveillance.
Early in her Congressional career, Lowey sponsored an earmark for the purpose of “dredging the Mamaroneck Harbor.” According to the local newspaper, The Journal News, the dredging was proposed because “the harbor was becoming too shallow ‘to accommodate the larger yachts.'”
In 2001–2002, Lowey served as the first female chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She was a member of the House Appropriations Committee.[when?]
One of the notable causes she supports is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in support of which she appeared at a congressional hearing accompanied by Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie.
Lowey has been a vocal advocate for a Security Council Resolution on the conflict in Darfur. She is responsible for the $500 million in the Emergency Spending Bill for Aid in Darfur. She is also pushing for $1.2 Billion in the next fiscal year.
Lowey voted for HR 2454, the “Cap and Trade” legislation.
Lowey voted for HR 1105, the 2009 Budget Bill.
In early 2009, Lowey introduced the Transportation Security Workforce Enhancement Act, which calls for collective bargaining rights for federal workers at the TSA and Department of Homeland Security. However, some statements from the TSA dispute the necessity of collective bargaining.
She was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009, Affordable Health Care for America Act.
Because of the rancor and disruptions which marked so many of the so-called Town Hall meetings held in the summer of 2009 to discuss Health Care Reform, Lowey chose to present her point of view on Health Care Reform in a telephone conference call, the effectiveness of which was questioned by some of her constituents.
However, Lowey routinely appears around her district to talk one-on-one with her constituents at town fairs, events, and public meetings.
In 2018, the Democrats won the majority in the U.S House of Representatives and subsequently, Congresswoman Lowey became the first Chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations. After she became chair, she negotiated a border security bill with Senator Shelby that funded the government through 2020.
Nita Lowey Committees
- Committee on Appropriations (Chairwoman)
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Chairwoman)
- Congressional Women’s Caucus
- House Pro-Choice Caucus
- Hudson River Caucus
- The United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- Israel Allies Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Caucus
- Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus
- Afterschool Caucuses
Nita Lowey Retirement
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey on 2020 presidential picks, Chelsea Clinton and Trump
Come January, an 81-year-old grandmother from the Hudson Valley will control the nation’s purse strings and decide, among other things, the fate of the border wall championed by President Donald Trump.
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, will make history as the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee, a powerful panel that allocates discretionary funding for everything from national defense to education when the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3.
“To be in the leadership and to be in the majority where we can control the agenda is very exciting,” said Lowey, whose district includes central and northwestern Westchester and all of Rockland. “Whether it is health care, education, infrastructure, cleaning up the environment or gun violence, I look forward to making some real progress.”
She addressed rumors about Chelsea Clinton being groomed for her seat: “I’ll retire when I’m ready to retire.”
And Lowey said Congress would be made “stronger” with the addition of newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She shared her opinion ofPresident Trump: “He’s an embarrassment both domestically and internationally. Hope we survive him.”
“Now that we control the House, through committees like Judiciary and Intelligence, we can have an impact on his (Trump’s agenda) by holding hearings and by speaking out with authority because we have subpoena power,” said Lowey. “This president better not challenge the Mueller investigation. Through the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee, we can have the power to respond if there is any interference.”
Decades before the #metoo movement and Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Lowey was already demanding that women be heard.
She was one of seven female members of the House in 1991 who marched across the Capitol plaza during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings to protest that Anita Hill was not being heard by their own party. Hill, who once worked with Thomas, had accused him of sexual impropriety.
“It was outrageous. We wanted to make sure she had a fair hearing, which she didn’t. It was all men on the panel,” said Lowey. “The men had a lot to learn, whether they were Democrats or Republicans.”
Have things changed?
“I think so, ” she said, although she noted that the Kavanaugh confirmation vote broke along party lines.
Nita Lowey Internship
Congressional internships are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about our government and to contribute to Congresswoman Lowey’s work on behalf of the 17th Congressional District. All internships in Congresswoman Lowey’s office are unpaid. Applicants will be contacted for interviews (either in person or over the phone) after the application deadlines.
For internships in the Westchester and Rockland County District Offices: The application deadline for 2019 summer internships in either the Westchester or Rockland County district offices is Friday, March 1st, 2019. High school seniors and college students are encouraged to apply to the office located in the county in which they currently reside.
For internships in the Washington, D.C. office: The application deadline for 2019 summer internships in DC is March 22nd, 2019. Applications for fall or winter internships are accepted on a rolling basis. However, preference will be given to those who apply by the end of March and who are either currently in college or recently graduated. All applicants for an internship in the D.C. office must be available for a phone interview.
Please click here for a Washington, D.C. internship application, or click here for a Westchester and Rockland County district office internship application. An application must be fully completed to be considered for an internship.
Please email applications for the Washington, D.C. office along with a resume, cover letter, and two short writing samples to NY17Internship@mail.house.gov with the subject line “Fall 2018” or “Winter/Spring 2019” Please submit applications for the Westchester or Rockland District Offices to Meryl.Harris@mail.house.gov or via fax to (914) 328-1505.
Nita Lowey Israel
Lowey is a supporter of Israel.
Like all Democratic members of Congress, Lowey was a superdelegate to the 2016, Democratic National Convention, pledged to support Hillary Clinton. Lowey’s chief of staff, when asked by the New York Daily News whether Lowey might switch her support to candidate Bernie Sanders if Sanders were to win the New York State Democratic presidential primary, said “absolutely not… Hillary Clinton is Congresswoman Lowey’s friend, colleague and her constituent, and she is behind her 100%.”
Nita Lowey Green New Dealy
It’s time to move past questioning the existence of climate change and begin debating the best way to combat the drastic and well-documented change in the world’s climatic patterns. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Green New Deal Resolution.
Nita Lowey Iran deal
Lowey has announced her opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, stating that “In my judgment, sufficient safeguards are not in place to address the risks associated with the agreement.
Relieving UN sanctions on conventional arms and ballistic missiles and releasing billions of dollars to the Iranian regime could lead to a dangerous regional weapons race and enable Iran to bolster its funding of terrorists.
The deal does not explicitly require Iran to fully disclose its previous military work to the IAEA’s satisfaction before sanctions relief is provided, and inspectors will not have immediate access to the most suspicious facilities. There are no clear accountability measures regarding punishment for minor violations, which could encourage Iran to cheat.”
Nita Lowey District Map
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