05.19.15

Congresswoman Lee Named as One of the Most Influential Women in Congress

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee has been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Congress by Roll Call, a leading Capitol Hill newspaper devoted to covering Congress.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named to this list along with many of my amazing colleagues,” said Congresswoman Lee.

Specifically, Congresswoman Lee was listed as a “debate shaper and swing vote” given her strong and principled stands, particularly on national security and poverty eradication.

Congresswoman Lee used this opportunity to call for greater efforts to promote, engage and encourage women political leaders.

“Today, women represent just 20 percent of Congress and similar statistics hold true for state legislatures and local elected offices.  We must do more to empower women and girls to take action, be part of the political conversation and seek elected office,” added Congresswoman Lee.

Others named to the list were:

PARTY POWER

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.)

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)

 

MEDIA SAVVY

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

  

DEBATE SHAPERS AND SWING VOTES

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif)

 

POLICY DEALMAKERS

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) 

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Was.)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

 

POLICY WORKHORSES

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.)

 

BREAKING OUT

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.)

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.)

 

FRESHMEN ON THE RISE

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Ia.)

Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.)

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah)

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) 

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.