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Augustus HawkinsFrederick M. RobertsJuanita McDonaldJulian DixonLeon D. Ralph Curren PriceKaren BassMike DavisWilma A. CarterSandre Swanson Slide 2 WELCOME to this new edition of the CAAPEIs DIRECTORY OF BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS IN CALIFORNIA, 2009-2010. Slide 3 The California African American Political and Economic Institute was created by California State legislation, SB 1721, in 2002, as one of former State Senator Tom Haydens last bills and was originally signed by former Governor Gray Davis. At the time, the Economic part of CAAPEIs name was not in the title or mission statement, the first base of operations was California State University, Northridge, and the only available funding for program activity was not to come from public monies. The initial implementation at CSUN was problematic, and in 2003, newly reelected Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, whose brainchild the Institute was, authored AB 1760, which was signed again by Gray Davis. That legislation transferred the Institute to CSU, Dominguez Hills, where it is now housed, added Economic to the name and mission, and, with the recent AB 165 amendment, expanded the range and scope of necessary fundraising opportunities for the CAAPEI. Dr. David L. Horne, who has been with this project since its inception, was the first Executive Director at CSUN, and is the Acting Executive Director at CSU, Dominguez Hills. The History Of CAAPEI Slide 4 Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 9 th District United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to represent California's ninth Congressional District in 1998, in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums. After serving on the International Relations and Financial Services Committees, in 2007 she joined the House Appropriations Committee, which controls the federal purse strings and is widely viewed as one of the most powerful committees in Congress. She also serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, the Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. Congresswoman Lee's accomplishments in promoting effective, bipartisan legislation to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and bring treatment to the infected have earned her international recognition as a leader in the fight against global HIV/AIDS. Her bills to create the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, to protect AIDS orphans, and to create a $15 billion fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were all signed into law. She has also been a leader in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., particularly in the African American community. In 1998, she helped declare a state of emergency in Alameda County to order to secure more funds to fight the disease, and in 2005 the House passed her resolution recognizing the goals of National Black AIDS Awareness Day. Congresswoman Lee's willingness to stand on principle earned her international acclaim when she was the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against giving President Bush a blank check to wage war after the September 11th attacks. In addition to being one of Congress' most vocal opponents to the war in Iraq, Congresswoman Lee has been a leader in promoting policies that foster international peace, security and human rights. In 2006, she successfully blocked funds from being used to establish permanent military bases in Iraq. She sponsored legislation disavowing the doctrine of preemptive war and has been a leader in the bipartisan effort in Congress to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Congresswoman Lee is committed to eradicating poverty, fostering opportunity and protecting the most vulnerable in our society. In the wake of hurricane Katrina, she wrote the poverty section of the Congressional Black Caucus Gulf Coast reconstruction legislation and introduced a package of bills designed to make poverty eradication a priority for Congress. Congresswoman Lee was sworn in as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on January 6, 2009. In that capacity she supported the U.S. involvement in the 2009 Durban follow- up to the UN World Conference Against Racism, and new legislation to support the Black Freedmen who were expelled from the Cherokee Tribe. Congresswoman Lee served in the California State Assembly from 1990-1996 and in the California State Senate from 1996-1998. The Honorable Barbara Lee United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. Office 2444 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-0509 Phone: (202)-225-2661 Fax: (202)-225-9817 Oakland Office 1301 Clay Street, Suite 1000 North Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510)-763-0370 Fax: (510)-763-6538 Slide 5 Congresswoman Laura Richardson, 37 th District United States House of Representatives At the age of six, living through the civil rights movement and having picked her first profession as public service, Ms. Richardson started on that path by getting her first job at the age of 12 and later by participating in the Olympic trials at the age of 17. She graduated from UCLA, received a Masters from USC, and went on to spend fourteen years working in corporate America. In 2006, after serving six years as a Long Beach City Councilwoman, Laura Richardson won a seat in the California Assembly in the 55th District serving as Assistant Pro Tempore in the Assembly. She was recognized as the first African-American woman, South Bay representative, and African-American freshman to hold this prestigious position. In the nine short months she spent in the California Legislature, she succeeded in having three bills introduced, passed and then signed in to law by the Governor, and was vital in the Assemblys ability to further the initiatives of expanding access to healthcare, empowering public education, and ensuring safe neighborhoods. In 2007, Richardson outpolled 16 candidates in a special election and won her first term in the House of Representatives, district 37. Representing one of California's most culturally and economically diverse areas, she has thus far achieved a record of distinction in having served at all three levels of government; local, state and federal, all within the span of less than a year, 2007. Representative Laura Richardson is the 26th African-American female and the 239th female to serve in the U.S. Congress. The Honorable Laura Richardson United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. Office 2233 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-0537 Phone: (202)-225-7924 Fax:(202)-225-7926 Los Angeles Office 970 West 190th Street East Tower, Suite 900 Torrance, CA 90502 L.A. Office: (310) 538-1190 Slide 6 Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 35 th District United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. Elected in November, 2006, to her ninth term in the House of Representatives with an overwhelming 80 percent of the votes in the 35th District of California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles, the communities of Westchester and Playa Del Rey, and the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale. She continues to be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Chairwoman of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, Technology. She also continues to serve on the Committee on the Judiciary and its Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and on Immigration, Border Security and Claims. The Honorable Maxine Waters United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. Office 2344 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2201 Fax: (202) 225-7854 Los Angeles Office 10124 South Broadway Suite 1 Los Angeles, CA 90003 Phone: (323) 757-8900 Fax (323 757-9506 Slide 7 Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, 33 rd District United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, born in Los Angeles, is a lifetime resident of Californias 33rd Congressional District, which includes Culver City, portions of the City of Los Angeles, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. During her tenure in the California State Government and Senate (1978-1998), Congresswoman Watson became a statewide and national advocate for health care, consumer protection, women, and children. In 1993, she authored the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program Act, which led to pioneering research into the causes of birth defects, and the Residential Care Facilities Act, to ensure that senior citizens receive quality care in nursing and assisted living homes. In 1997, she introduced legislation to toughen food health safety requirements for restaurants. She also played a key role in the enactment of legislation to promote breast cancer research. As a U.S. Congresswoman Watson has been an advocate for commonsense welfare reform in the State of California. She played a major role in formulating the State of California's TANF program, which provides education, child care, and employment to welfare recipients. She sought funding to help teen mothers complete their education and gain jobs through the Cal-Learn program. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Congresswoman Watson to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Watson served in this capacity until 2001, when she returned to California to run for Congress in a special election held on June 5, 2001, after the death of Congressman Julian Dixon. She was reelected on November 5, 2002 to a full two year term, and has se