|Name||Howard L. Berman|
|Address||14546 Hamlin St |
Van Nuys, California 91411-4128, United States
|| April 15, 1941
May 24, 2016 07:46pm
|Info||Born: Los Angeles, California |
Education: B.A. 1962, UCLA
LL.B. 1965, UCLA
Family: Congressman Berman and his wife,
Janis Gail Berman, have two daughters,
Brinley and Lindsey.
Committee Assignments and Leadership Positions:
Committee on International Relations
Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims
Minority At-Large Whip
Economy and Jobs
Working to strengthen intellectual property laws and protect jobs in the entertainment and hi-tech industries so important to the Southern California economy.
Was a key negotiator in securing passage of the landmark Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which protects copy and access protection technologies against circumvention and creates a more secure environment for copyrighted works on the Internet.
Arms Control, Antiterrorism, Foreign Affairs:
Chief Whip for many years on House foreign aid bills; leader in support of strong U.S./Israel relationship.
Leader in fight to reduce international arms sales and the proliferation of dangerous missle and nuclear weapons technology.
A strong advocate of supporting and reforming the UN and international financial institutions.
Fighting Government Waste, Reforming Health Insurance
Authored False Claims Act Amendments which have recovered over $4 billion for taxpayers from whistleblower suits.
Wrote legislation featured on "60 Minutes," to restore remedies for Americans with employer-provided health benefits whose insurance comapnies unfairly deny their claims.
Upon his graduation from law school, Howard Berman began his career in public service with a year's work as a VISTA volunteer. From 1967 until 1973, he practiced law in Los Angeles, specializing in labor relations. In 1973, he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1982, when he was elected to Congress.
In his first term in the state legislature, then-Assemblyman Berman was named Assembly Majority leader, the youngest person ever to serve in that leadership capacity. He also served as Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus and the Policy Research Management Committee of the Assembly.
"There are few House members who have made such an imprint on legislation in so many areas as Howard Berman," says The Almanac of American Politics. Berman is particularly well-known for his ability to form bipartisan coalitions. Together with Republican Henry Hyde, Berman wrote a law authorizing embargoes on nations that condone terrorism. With Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, he wrote amendments to the False Claims Act.
The Almanac goes on to call Berman "one of the most aggressive and creative members of the House and one of the most clear-sighted operators in American politics."
Berman is a senior member of the International Relations Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He has gained increasing influence on such issues as foreign aid, arms control, antiterrorism, human rights, technology policy, trade legislation, copyright legislation, and immigration reform.
As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, Berman plays a key role in shaping the copyright, trademark, and patent laws that are of vital importance to the entertainment, biotechnology, broadcasting, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, consumer electronics, and information technology industries.
During the 107th Congress, he will be involved in a variety of issues, including the patenting of business methods, digital music piracy, broadband deployment, protection of databases, development of distance education, expansion of Internet domain names, Patent and Trademark Office funding, gene patents, and the interplay between intellectual property and antitrust laws. Also within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee are matters relating to the federal courts, such as the creation of new judgeships and privacy concerns raised by Internet access to court documents.