Boca Raton, Florida , United States
|| July 10, 1957
Jul 19, 2011 11:08pm
Jewish - Judaism -
|Info||Congressman Ron Klein, who represents Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, was sworn into the United States Congress on January 4th, 2007. An experienced leader with a solid record of service, Ron looks forward to working in a bipartisan manner to find common sense solutions that will improve the lives of Florida families in Congress. |
During the first 100 hours of Congress, Ron and his colleagues hit the ground running, passing legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission, increase funding for stem cell research, allow the government to negotiate for lower drug prices, slash interest rates for student loans, increase the minimum wage, and expand research into alternative fuel sources.
Ron has fought for meaningful homeowner’s insurance reform as a senator in the state legislature and intends to continue that fight in Congress. As a Member of the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the insurance sector, Ron was asked by Chairman Barney Frank to lead the insurance reform effort in Congress. He also serves on three Financial Services subcommittees: the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit subcommittee, which has oversight over the insurance industry; the Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, which has oversight over the banking industry; and the Oversight Committee.
Ron is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he looks forward to promoting our national security by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, assessing our Middle East policies, fighting for accountability in Iraq and promoting a responsible foreign policy based on cooperation with our international allies. He was recently appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Middle East Subcommittee; he also sits on the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and serves on the subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1957 to a public school teacher and a small business owner, Ron learned early on from his parents that with a good education and solid work ethic, one can accomplish almost anything. Ron learned the value of humanity when he saw his father help those who came into his five-and-dime variety store without the means to buy what they needed; the value of a good education was reinforced to him when he watched his mother return to school to get her Masters degree in special education after her children left for college. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Ron’s mother died at the young age of 52. Her untimely death left a lasting impression on Ron and fueled him with a relentless commitment to support medical research in therapies and cures for cancer and other serious illnesses.
After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School in 1975, Ron attended The Ohio State University. In 1979, he graduated and was admitted to Case Western Reserve University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1982. Ron married the former Dori Dragin in 1982, and together they moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1985, where he continued practicing law and involving himself in various community service activities.
Motivated to make a difference in the community and help improve the quality of life in South Florida, Ron ran for and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992. During his tenure in the House, Ron built an impressive reputation for his work on a variety of issues which included improving education, toughening our criminal justice laws, providing greater access to healthcare, and expanding use of technology in the public and private sectors. One of Ron’s proudest early accomplishments in the House was the passage of the Holocaust Education Act, which mandated the teaching about the lessons of the Holocaust in all of Florida’s public schools.
Elected to the State Senate District 30 in 1996, Ron’s hard work and dedication earned him the position of Minority Whip and eventually Senate Democratic Leader. In the Senate, Ron helped create a Senate panel to study end of life care, and created a commission to study geriatric medicine. One of Ron’s important achievements during the 1998 Legislative Session was the passage of the Jimmy Ryce Act. Named after a nine year old Miami boy who was kidnapped, raped and murdered, the Jimmy Ryce Act strengthens the ability to keep violent sexual predators, who pose a future threat to our children, off the streets. Ron also led bipartisan efforts to fund stem cell research and reduce the high-cost of homeowners insurance.
Ron and his wife Dori reside in Boca Raton. They have two children: Brian 21, and Lauren 18.