|Address||15 St Raymond Ave |
Pasadena, California 91105, United States
|| June 22, 1960
Oct 04, 2018 10:22pm
Liberal - Married - Judaism -
|Info||Adam B. Schiff |
Congressman Adam B. Schiff represents California's 29th Congressional District, including the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City.
As an elected representative, Congressman Schiff has focused on bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, and introducing a "Kids First" agenda of initiatives to improve the education, safety, and health care for our kids.
As a member of the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Congressman Schiff has initiated measures to make our nation safer. He has introduced the Deadly Biological Agent Control Act to bolster the security at labs that stock agents such as anthrax and the Sky Police Act to increase air security by training local police to serve as Air Marshals. He also recently introduced the Air Cargo Security Act to ensure that all air cargo on passenger planes be screened for explosives.
Also a member on the House International Relations Committee and its Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights and Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, Congressman Schiff has fought to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists by introducing the Russian Federation Debt Reduction for Nonproliferation Act, and The Cooperative Threat Reduction Implementation Act. In addition, he is an original author of the Detention of Enemy Combatants Act - a bill which authorizes the federal government to detain U.S. citizens with suspected involvement in al Qaeda terrorist activities, but requires they be granted access to legal counsel and due process of law. Congressman Schiff also supports legislation calling for United States recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Congressman Schiff has worked to improve the quality of life in our community. He introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act to enlist the National Park Service in protecting open space in Southern California. He has also spearheaded governmental efforts to respond to the public health threat of the chromium 6 that has contaminated drinking water supplies. A supporter of public transit and congestion relief, Congressman Schiff has won federal support for a light rail line from Los Angeles to Pasadena, and then on to Claremont, as well as for low-emission vehicles.
A member of the bipartisan House Education Caucus comprised of former educators, Congressman Schiff has fought to expand opportunities for students. He has introduced the Access to Higher Education Act to increase federal aid to students in public colleges, has been instrumental in crafting legislation to create federal merit grants for students who excel in math and science, and has cosponsored legislation to refocus national education policy on helping states and local school districts raise academic achievement levels. Congressman Schiff also supports federal assistance for class-size reduction, music and art education and after-school programs.
Congressman Schiff has introduced a comprehensive children's agenda-the "Kids First" Initiative. To expand educational opportunities, he has introduced the Reading Readiness Act to strengthen the reading skills of children enrolled in Head Start programs. He has cosponsored legislation to improve access for children to health and dental care and is working on a proposal to make online enrollment easier for California's "Healthy Families" children's health coverage program. Congressman Schiff launched the Congressional Science Forum for local schoolchildren featuring inspirational lectures by the leading scientists in our region, and hosted the annual Congressional Arts Competition recognizing the talented student artists in our area.
Elected in November 2000 after the most costly House race in U.S. history, Congressman Schiff co-founded Freshmen for Reform with a Republican colleague to build support for the House version of the McCain-Feingold reform legislation banning unregulated campaign donations. His efforts to organize Republican and Democratic freshmen support for the bill provided key votes needed for passage, and on March 27, 2002, President Bush signed the bill into law.
Congressman Schiff's efforts have drawn national and local attention. In 2002, Congressman Schiff was elected to serve a term as President of the Freshmen class of Democrats and was once again elected in February 2003 to serve as Sophomore Class President.
In addition, Congressman Schiff was named among the top 10 freshmen House members to watch in 2001 by Roll Call newspaper, designated Legislator of the Year for 2001 by the Burbank American Legion Post and was honored with the Good Guy Award for 2001 by the National Women's Political Caucus of Greater Pasadena. Recently, Congressman Schiff was awarded the Donald R. Wright Distinguished Service, Lawyer of the Year Award by the Pasadena Bar Association.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman Schiff completed a four-year term as State Senator for California's 21st State Senate District, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Joint Committee on the Arts. He led legislative efforts to guarantee up-to-date textbooks in the classroom, overhaul child support, and pass a patient's bill of rights. Before his election to the State Legislature, Schiff served with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles for six years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage.
Adam Schiff, born June 22, 1960, is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Adam, and his wife, Eve (yes, it's true), have two children, a daughter, Alexa Marion, born in July 1998, and a son, Elijah Harris, born in July 2002. They reside in Burbank.