|Name||Frederick C. "Rick" Boucher|
Abingdon, Virginia , United States
|| August 01, 1946
Dec 19, 2012 10:19pm
Caucasian - Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Health Care Reform - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro- gun - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Protectionist - Married - Methodist - Straight -
|Info||Congressman Rick Boucher is serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Virginia's Ninth Congressional District. |
Congressman Boucher is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, serving on two subcommittees - Telecommunications and the Internet; and Energy and Air Quality, of which he is the ranking member. He also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, serving on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. Since 1985, he has served as an Assistant Whip.
He originated the House Internet Caucus in 1996 and currently serves as one of two House co-chairman of the more than 170 member group. In that position he is a leading architect of federal policy for the Internet.
His first Internet related legislation, which became law in 1993, authorized electronic commerce by permitting for the first time messages with commercial content to traverse the Internet backbone.
His proposals to promote competition in the cable and local telephone industries are at the core of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and he is currently authoring legislation which will establish fundamental federal policies for the Internet.
Congressman Boucher, a native of Abingdon, Virginia, where he currently resides, earned his bachelor's degree from Roanoke College and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He has practiced law on Wall Street in New York and in Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for seven years as a member of the Virginia State Senate.