Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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U.S. Representative from Florida's 23rd District
From: January 3, 2013 - present
Predecessor Alcee Hastings
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
U.S. Representative from Florida's 20th District
From: January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2013
Predecessor Peter Deutsch
Successor Alcee Hastings
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Steve Schultz
Religion Jewish

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (born September 27, 1966), a Democrat, is the United States Representative for Florida's 23rd district. She was first elected to the House in 2004 to represent the 20th district. Before that, she was a member of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives.

Wasserman Schultz was appointed Democratic National Committee Chair by President Barack Obama in May 2011 and she resigned just before the 2016 Democratic National Convention when Wikileaks revealed she was assisting Hillary Clinton and actively subverting the candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, in violation of DNC rules. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has offered a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the alleged leaker's murder. She is a liberal who supports gay rights and abortion and is anti-Second Amendment.

Early Life and Education

Schultz was born to Larry and Ann Wasserman in Queens, New York and grew up in Long Island. She attended the University of Florida, earning her bachelor's degree in 1988 and her master's degree in 1990. Both degrees were in political science.[1]

Political career

Florida State House of Representatives

Florida State Senate

United States House of Representatives

DNC Chair

President Obama nominated her for Chair in April 2011 and the Democratic National Committee confirmed her appoinment on May 4, 2011. Immediately, Schultz began attacking Republicans. She lied about Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, stating it would deny care to seniors with preexisting medical conditions.[2] She called Republicans "anti-women" [3] and said that they wanted to bring back Jim Crow laws.[4] In another statement, Schultz claimed that Republicans think that illegal immigration should be a crime.[5] Also, she claimed that if it were up to Republicans, we would all be driving foreign-built cars. It was noted that she owns a 2010 Japanese-made Infiniti FX35.[6]

Hackers obtained emails between Schultz and other DNC staff members who reported to her and posted them on Wikileaks. These emails showed that instead of Schulz keeping the DNC staff neutral during the 2016 Presidential race, they worked to favor Hillary Rodham Clinton. This led to the supporters of Bernie Sanders to demand Schultz' resignation, and Senator Sanders endorsed Shultz' opponent in the Democratic congressional primary. Faced with the possibility of demonstrations from Sanders delegates, Schultz resigned just before the Convention opened and did not make her scheduled speech. Donna Brazil was selected by the DNC to fill the remainder of Schultz' term as Chair.

Political views

Schultz supports gay marriage and abortion. She also supported the Occupy Wall Street-movement.[7] Schultz supports Illegal immigration.[8]

Public criticism

The release by Wikileaks of a collection of emails indicated that Schultz and other members of the DNC staff showed major bias against the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton's campaign.[9] These accusations were backed up by the fact that Schultz was the campaign manager for the 2008 Clinton Campaign. WikiLeaks revealed the DNC stooping to cutting poll booth numbers from Bernie leaning states and counties when compared to the poll booth numbers from the 2012 election in states such as Arizona. The DNC wanted to tag the Jewish Vermont Senator in the Bible Belt as an "atheist", in an attempt to give her another advantage in the early Southern primaries. The DNC scheduled the Democratic primary debates during days of the week when most Americans wouldn't watch, such as Friday and Saturday nights. This was done in order to keep interest in the Democratic primary debates low and with Mrs. Clinton obviously having more name recognition, would have an early advantage on her lesser known opponents. Meanwhile, the Republican primary debates aired during "primetime" for undecided voters who may not have been familiar with all of the available candidates.[10]

Personal life

Schultz has been married to her husband Steve for 20 years. The couple and their three children (Shelby, Jake and Rebecca) live in Weston, Florida.[11]

She is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed in December 2007. She underwent seven surgeries while continuing to work and take care of her family.[12]

See also


  1. Biography
  2. DNC Chair lies about Ryan Medicare plan
  3. Lopez, Kathryn Jean (May 27, 2011). "The Corner: The march of the anti-women women (sigh, more name-calling.)" National Review website. Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  4. Benson, Guy (June 7, 2011). "Tipsheet: DNC chair: GOP aims to 'literally drag' the country back to Jim Crow era". Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  5. Illegal immigration should be a crime
  6. O'Brien, Michael (May 26, 2011). "DNC chairwoman doesn't drive American". The Hill. Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  7. [1]
  9. Martin, Jonathan. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign D.N.C. Post", 2016-07-25. 
  10. [2]
  11. Biography
  12. Representative shares her cancer story

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