“It takes a variety of strategies and initiatives to address this pandemic. It’s about life and death and the survival of humanity.” ~ Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district
Summary: Barbara Lee is the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated California’s 9th congressional district. She was the first woman to represent the 9th district and is also the first woman to represent the 13th district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks.