|Name||Martin Olav Sabo|
Minneapolis, Minnesota , United States
|| February 28, 1938
May 18, 2013 01:11am
Norwegian - Liberal - Married - Lutheran -
|Info||With more than four decades of elective public service, Congressman Martin Olav Sabo has "distinguished himself through a long and honored tenure in the House," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is primarily known for his ability to bring life to policy decisions through the budget and appropriations process. The St. Paul Pioneer Press noted that Sabo "is an effective lawmaker at the center of the action to make pragmatic fiscal decisions with a liberal's compassion." Sabo is now serving his eleventh term in Congress. |
Sabo established himself as a key player on budget and fiscal policy as Chairman of the House Budget Committee during the 103rd Congress. He later served as the Ranking Democrat on the panel. The Budget Committee sets overall spending and revenue guidelines for the trillion-dollar federal budget. Under his chairmanship in 1993, Congress passed the largest deficit-reduction package in history, which has since cut the national deficit in each successive year. This plan, passed under Sabo's leadership, has significantly contributed to our country's current budget surplus -- the first surplus since 1969.
On the powerful Appropriations Committee, Sabo is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The new Subcommittee will oversee and allocate federal fund for the agencies and programs within the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including: the Transportation Security Administration, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and numerous others directly involved in security.
Sabo is also a member of the Defense Subcommittee, a panel that has jurisdiction over half of all discretionary federal appropriations. He is one of Capitol Hill's leading voices on arms control policy and has been recognized for his efforts to improve living standards for the men and women in the armed services.
In the past, Sabo served as the top Democrat on the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. He has been a strong supporter of mass transit programs and of alternative modes of transportation and has consistently fought for a strong national policy to increase bicycle ridership in the United States.
Sabo works with the Democratic leadership to formulate Democratic Caucus policy and muster support for key legislation. Playing a leadership role is nothing new to Sabo. Prior to his election to Congress, he had been Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives for six years and Minority Leader for four. He is the former President of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Legislative Conference.
Sabo served in the Minnesota House for 18 years, beginning with his first election in 1960 at the age of 22. He is known for his constituent service and for his regular doorknocking through the neighborhoods in the Fifth Congressional District. As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote, "constituents who want evidence that they are being skillfully represented in Washington don't have to go far to find it."
Congressman Sabo was born of Norwegian immigrant parents on a North Dakota farm. The Norwegian translation of his last name means "farm by the sea."