Forest Hills, Queens, New York , United States
|| September 04, 1964
|Last Modifed||e. dantes|
Sep 17, 2011 06:04pm
Jewish - Liberal - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro Marijuana Legalization - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Married - Straight -
|Info||Anthony David Weiner |
In 1991, at age 27, Weiner became, at the time, the youngest person ever elected to the New York City Council where he developed a reputation as a thoughtful legislator and a rising star. In 1998, Weiner was elected to take the seat of his mentor Charles Schumer when Mr. Schumer was elected to the US Senate in the same year. Weiner was re-elected to his second term in Congress in 2000 where he sits on the Judiciary and Science Committees and serves as a Democratic Whip.
On the Judiciary Committee , Congressman Weiner sits on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property as well as on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Weiner has been visible as a tough-on-crime Democrat who has worked successfully with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Earning praise from law enforcement groups nationwide, Weiner authored successful reforms to the nation's Civil Asset Forfeiture laws and amended the Violence Against Women Act to better treat victims of sexual assault. Weiner wrote and fought for legislation to expand the federal funds available for the DNA testing of crime scene evidence. In the 106th and 107th Congress, Weiner was also the lead sponsor of the bill to re-authorize the highly successful COPS program, calling for an additional 50,000 police officers to be added nationwide.
Congressman Weiner has stood out in Washington as an outspoken champion of the party's priorities, leading Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America refers to Weiner as "an active voice for the Democrats." In addition, The New York Daily News called Weiner one of the "Leaders of the Twenty-First Century," The New York Post recently named him one of the "Up and Comers of 2001" and The Forward newspaper chose Weiner as one of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans. In his first term in Congress, Weiner made more television appearances than any other member of his freshman class. On networks including CNN, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, and the Fox News Channel, Weiner was often seen speaking out on issues such as gun control, electoral reform and Israel.
At home, Weiner has been recognized by Newsday for "delivering for his district," securing millions in federal funding for the revitalization of Gateway National Recreation Area, the nation's most visited urban national park. Representing a coastal district, Weiner has fought for and won funding for beach replenishment and for the construction of a Rockaway ferry landing to allow water-borne service to Manhattan for commuters and tourists. As a Member of the Technology Subcommittee, Weiner fought for and won $30 million toward quieter and more efficient aircraft engines. Recognizing his accomplishments and advocacy on behalf of the environment, the League of Conservation Voters has twice awarded Weiner with a 94% rating.
Weiner has also become known for championing consumer interests, authoring legislation warning consumers about high store credit card rates, check bouncing fees and poor cell phone service. Representing a district with a high concentration of seniors, Weiner penned a bill to calculate Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) by region. Weiner has also introduced bills to require HMOs to cover the high costs of infertility treatments and to reduce aircraft noise for neighbors of New York's busy airports.