Barbara Lee

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Barbara Lee, (b. July 16, 1946) is a United States Representative from California. She is a former staff member for Rep. Ron Dellums and was elected as a Democrat to the 105th Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Rep. Dellums. Lee subsequently has been reelected five times.

In the 1970s Lee was a confidential aide to Huey Newton, the "Minister of Defense" of the Black Panther Party. [1] Lee served on the national committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), an offshoot of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

On September 14 2001, three days after the 9/11 terror attacks, Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the resolution (S.J.Res. 23) which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives 420-1 [2] authorizing the President to use force in response. [3]


  1. The Clinton Crisis: A Question of Loyalties, David Horowitz,, June 6, 1999.
  2. Congressional Research Service, Authorization For Use Of Military Force in Response to the 9/11 Attacks (P.L. 107-40): Legislative History, retrieved 11 May 2007.
  3. An Enemy Within, David Horowitz,, September 19, 2001.