Adam Schiff

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Adam Schiff
Adam Schiff, official photo portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 28th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Howard Berman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 29th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Henry Waxman
Succeeded by Tony Cardenas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by James E. Rogan
Succeeded by Brad Sherman
California State Senator
In office
Personal details
Born (1960-06-22) June 22, 1960 (age 54)
Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eve Schiff
Children Alexa Schiff
Elijah Schiff
Residence Burbank, California, U.S.
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Religion Judaism

Adam Bennett Schiff (born June 22, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district. He has served in Congress since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Schiff represented the 27th and 29th Districts between 2003 and 2013, which included the areas of Alhambra, Altadena, San Gabriel, Burbank, Glendale, South Pasadena, Temple City, Monterey Park, and Pasadena. He now represents the 28th District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, Echo Park, Hollywood Hills, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Sunland, Tujunga, and West Hollywood.

In 2007, he became a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Early life, education and career[edit]

He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts to a traditional Jewish family. He received a political science degree from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He was a lawyer, working as an assistant prosecutor in the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was a member of the California State Senate, serving as the chair of that body's judiciary committee during his one term.

California Senate[edit]

During his tenure in the California Senate, Schiff authored Senate Bill 1847, Chapter 1021. Signed into law in 1998, this created the Pasadena Blue Line Authority, which continued work on the stalled then-Blue Line light rail extension to Pasadena, which would later be named the Gold Line instead.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]


  • Co-chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus
  • Co-founded the Democratic Study Group on National Security
  • Co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press
  • House Democracy Assistance Commission

Armenian Genocide[edit]

Schiff has also been a leading voice in Armenian-American issues; he claims to have over 70,000 Armenian-Americans in his district.[1][2] He has strongly pushed for signing of the US House Resolution 106 recognizing the Armenian Genocide. On October 11, 2007, the resolution sponsored by Schiff was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.[3] Turkey's prime minister said that approval of the resolution would endanger U.S.-Turkey relations.[4] The resolution was again approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 4, 2010 by a 23-22 margin.[5]

Political campaigns[edit]

Schiff was elected in 2000, defeating Republican incumbent Jim Rogan. The district had once been a Republican stronghold, but had been trending Democratic since the early 1990s. In what was the most expensive House race ever at the time[6] (several elections in 2006[7] and 2008[8] later eclipsed it), Schiff unseated Rogan, taking 53 percent of the vote to Rogan's 44 percent. He became only the second Democrat to represent this district since its creation in 1913 (it was the 9th District from 1913 to 1933, the 11th District from 1933–43, the 20th District from 1943 to 1975, the 22nd District from 1975 to 1993, and the 27th District from 1993 to 2003).

In 2010, Schiff defeated Tea Party backed Republican John Colbert for a 6th term.[9] In 2012, Schiff defeated Republican Phil Jennerjahn.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Schiff has settled in Burbank, California with his wife Eve Marion (née Sanderson)[11] and two children, Alexa and Elijah.[12]


  1. ^ Washington Post: "Worse than irrelevant: A congressional resolution about massacres in Turkey 90 years ago endangers present-day U.S. security", p. A16, October 10, 2007
  2. ^ Wall Street Journal: "Political History", Review & Outlook, October 2, 2007
  3. ^ "US House Speaker: Armenian Genocide Measure Will Go Forward". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Turkey's PM says U.S. relations in danger". Reuters. October 12, 2007. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  5. ^ Simon, Richard; Watanabe, Teresa (March 5, 2010). "House panel narrowly passes recognition of Armenian genocide". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Most Expensive Races 2000". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Most Expensive Races 2006". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Most Expensive Races 2008". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
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  11. ^ Stone, Kurt F. The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members Lanham, Md. | Scarecrow Press | 2011
  12. ^ "Meet Adam Schiff « Adam Schiff for Congress". 1960-06-22. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James E. Rogan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Brad Sherman
Preceded by
Henry Waxman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 29th congressional district

Succeeded by
Tony Cardenas
Preceded by
Howard Berman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 29th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Rogers
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Pat Tiberi