Debbie Wasserman Schultz
|Debbie Wasserman Schultz|
|U.S. Representative from Florida's 23rd District|
From: January 3, 2013 - present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|U.S. Representative from Florida's 20th District|
From: January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2013
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. 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.
Florida State House of Representatives
Florida State Senate
United States House of Representatives
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. She called Republicans "anti-women"  and said that they wanted to bring back Jim Crow laws. In another statement, Schultz claimed that Republicans think that illegal immigration should be a crime. 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.
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 lead 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.
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.
- DNC Chair lies about Ryan Medicare plan
- 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.
- Benson, Guy (June 7, 2011). "Tipsheet: DNC chair: GOP aims to 'literally drag' the country back to Jim Crow era". Townhall.com. Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
- Illegal immigration should be a crime
- O'Brien, Michael (May 26, 2011). "DNC chairwoman doesn't drive American". The Hill. Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
- Representative shares her cancer story