|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Anna Eshoo|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th district
April 8, 2008 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Tom Lantos|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Pelosi|
|Member of the California Senate
from the 8th district
|Preceded by||Quentin L. Kopp|
|Succeeded by||Leland Yee|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
|Preceded by||Lou Papan|
|Succeeded by||Lou Papan|
|San Mateo County Supervisor|
|Born||Karen Lorraine Speier
May 14, 1950
San Francisco, California
|Spouse(s)||Steve Sierra (?-1994; his death; 2 children)
Barry Dennis (2001-present)
|Alma mater||University of California, Davis; University of California, Hastings College of the Law|
|Occupation||Attorney, political assistant|
|Website||Congresswoman Jackie Speier|
Karen Lorraine Jacqueline "Jackie" Speier (//; born May 14, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 12th District from 2008 to 2013, includes the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and the southwest quarter of San Francisco. She represents much of the territory that had been represented by her political mentor, Leo Ryan.
She is also a former member of the California State Senate who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. On April 8, 2008, she won the special election for the vacated United States House of Representatives seat of late Congressman Tom Lantos.
- 1 Family
- 2 Congressional aide
- 3 Political career
- 4 Political views
- 5 Congressional committee assignments
- 6 Electoral history
- 7 Books
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Speier was born in 1950 in San Francisco, and grew up in an apolitical, working-class family, the daughter of Nancy (née Kanchelian) and Manfred "Fred" Speier. Her mother was of Armenian descent, while her father left Germany (Speier's paternal grandfather had been Jewish). Speier took Jacqueline as her confirmation name after Jackie Kennedy. She is a graduate of Mercy High School in Burlingame, which is where her daughter also graduated from in 2012. She earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1976. Speier's first husband, Dr. Steve Sierra, died in a car accident in 1994 at the age of 53. At the time, she was two months pregnant with their second child, a daughter she named Stephanie. They also had a son, Jackson Kent, to whom Speier gave birth in 1988 while she was serving as a member of the California State Assembly, the first woman in that legislature to do so. Speier then supported her children as a widowed mother before marrying Barry Dennis, an investment consultant, in 2001.
Speier served as a congressional staffer for Congressman Leo Ryan. Speier was part of the November 1978 fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the Reverend Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple followers, almost all of whom were American citizens who had moved to Jonestown, Guyana, with Jones in 1977 and 1978. Speier was one of only two members of the mission who were concerned enough about potential violence to make out a will before traveling to Jonestown. Several Peoples Temple members ambushed the investigative team and others boarding the plane to leave Jonestown on November 18. Five people died, including Congressman Ryan. While attempting to shield herself from rifle and shotgun fire behind small airplane wheels with the other members of the team, Speier was shot five times and waited 22 hours before help arrived. The murder of Congressman Ryan was the only assassination of a Congressman in the line of duty in the history of the United States. That same day, over 900 of the remaining members of the Peoples Temple died in Jonestown and Georgetown.
San Mateo County
Speier's political career began with an unsuccessful run to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Ryan (the seat she holds now). She lost the Democratic primary to another former Ryan staffer, G.W. "Joe" Holsinger, who went on to lose to the Republican candidate, San Mateo County Supervisor Bill Royer.
Speier won her first election in 1980, when she ran for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and defeated a 20-year incumbent. At the time, she was the youngest person ever elected to the board. She was reelected in 1984, and was later selected as chairwoman.
California State Assembly
In 1986, midway through her second term on the Board of Supervisors, she ran for the California State Assembly from a district in northern San Mateo County. She won by a few hundred votes. She was reelected five more times, the last as the nominee of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
California State Senate
California state term limits forced Speier to give up her Assembly seat in 1996, but in 1998 she was elected to the California State Senate. In 2002, she was elected to a second term with 78.2% of the vote. As a state senator, Speier was instrumental in securing $127 million funding for major service improvements to Caltrain, for which the commuter rail agency named a new locomotive (no. 925) for her. Speier also focused on representing consumer rights. Senator Speier was termed out of the California State Senate in 2006. Speier served as assistant president pro tempore of the California State Senate during her last term.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California
In 2006, Speier ran in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant governor of California against insurance commissioner John Garamendi and state senator Liz Figueroa. At the June 6, 2006, elections, Speier was defeated by Garamendi in a close race. Garamendi received 42.9%, Speier received 39.3%, and Figueroa received the remaining 17.8% of the vote.
2008 presidential campaign
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
On January 13, 2008, Speier announced she was running in the Democratic primary for the 12th District, Ryan's old district. The seat was being vacated by 14-term incumbent and fellow Democrat Tom Lantos, who announced on January 2, 2008, that he was not seeking re-election. Speier had spent much of 2007 building support to challenge Lantos in the Democratic primary.
Lantos died February 11, 2008. Speier won a special primary election on April 8, 2008, to fill the remainder of his term, which ended in January 2009. She won an outright majority, avoiding a runoff that would have been held on June 3, coinciding with the regular primary election. Speier easily won the Democratic primary on June 3. The 12th is so heavily Democratic that this virtually assured her of a full term. She was elected to a full term in November with 75 percent of the vote, and has been reelected two more times with no substantive opposition.
On July 11, 2008, Speier introduced her first bill, the Gasoline Savings and Speed Limit Reduction Act, which would set a national speed limit of 60 mph in urban areas and 65 mph on less-populated stretches of highway.
Speier supports legal abortion. When she took the National Political Awareness Test in 2002, she answered, “Abortions should always be legally available.” The organization NARAL Pro-Choice America rated Jackie Speier as 100% on interest group ratings because she supported the choice of abortion in her voting for legislation. Also, in 2008 the Planned Parenthood Organization gave Speier a 100% on her actions regarding abortion. In a speech on the House floor on February 17, 2011, Speier said that she herself had undergone an emergency D&E procedure when complications developed in a wanted pregnancy.
Speier believes in a stricter view of gun control. According to her answers on the NPAT (National Political Awareness Test) she would like to require safety locks on all guns and background checks on prospective buyers as well as ban certain guns (other than for hunting) and strengthen state restrictions on buying and owning guns. To show that her legislation currently follows what she answered on the NPAT, when the Gun Owners of America graded Jackie Speier, they gave her an ‘F’ and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Jack Berman Advocacy Center gave her a 100%. Another organization that gave Speier a low grade on gun rights is the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California.
Environment and energy
Speier is concerned for the protection of the environment and wants to preserve the health of this planet. She lists as evidence the decline of salmon on the West Coast as proof of global warming. Speier believes global warming poses a growing danger and negatively affects the environment. When she spoke to the House on the subject of global warming and the environment, she expressed a desire “to craft a bipartisan and commonsense energy plan that makes polluters pay, provides for middle class energy tax credits, and creates a new industry and lots of good, clean, green jobs.” Jackie Speier is working to improve energy legislation with the Clean Air Rebate Act of 2009, the Home Star Act and the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
Speier introduced legislation to enhance information sharing between the Transportation Security Administration and participating mass transit agencies in high-risk jurisdictions. The goal of this expanded relationship would be to thwart terrorist attacks against high-profile transit targets. 
Speier supports marriage equality for lesbians and gays. She is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
Congressional committee assignments
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Associate Member)
|California Congressional District 11, special election (round 1), March 6, 1979|
|Democratic||G. W. Holsinger||20,908||24.3%|
|Republican||Roger B. Canfield||934||1.1%|
|Democratic||Charles T. Plough||731||0.8%|
|American Independent||Nicholas Waeil Kudrovzeff||372||0.4%|
|Peace and Freedom||Wilson Branch||310||0.4%|
|California State Assembly District 19 election, 1986|
|California State Assembly District 19 election, 1988|
|Democratic||Jackie Speier (incumbent)||67,584||77.2%|
|Peace and Freedom||Gene Pepi||1,732||2.0%|
|California State Assembly District 19 election, 1990|
|Democratic||Jackie Speier (incumbent)||53,359||100%|
|California State Assembly District 19 election, 1992|
|Democratic||Jackie Speier (incumbent)||108,428||75.1%|
|California State Assembly District 19 election, 1994|
|Democratic||Jackie Speier (incumbent)||100,602||93.1%|
|Peace and Freedom||David Reichard||7,459||6.9%|
|California State Senate District 8 election, 1998|
|Democratic gain from Independent|
|California State Senate District 8 election, 2002|
|Democratic||Jackie Speier (incumbent)||158,999||78.2%|
|California Democratic Party Lieutenant Gubernatorial primary election, June 6, 2006|
|California's 12th Congressional District special election, April 8, 2008|
|Independent||Kevin Dempsey Peterson (write-in)||2||0.0%|
|Invalid or blank votes||%|
|United States House of Representatives elections, 2008|
|Peace and Freedom||Nathalie Hrizi||5,793||2.2%|
|Libertarian||Kevin Dempsey Peterson||5,584||2.0%|
|United States House of Representatives elections, 2010|
|Libertarian||Mark Paul Williams||4,611||2.2%|
|Independent||Joseph Michael Harding (write-in)||32||0.0%|
- This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down, by Deborah Collins Stephens, Michealene Cristini Risley, Jackie Speier, and Jan Yanehiro, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57324-305-6
- Armenian American Political Action Committee
- Armenian National Committee of America
- List of Armenian-Americans
- German American
- Biographical Directory of Congress, Jackie Speier.
- SFGATE: Voters send Jackie Speier to Washington
- SPEIER, Nancy Kanchelian
- Smith, Richard Harris (November 21, 2007). "The Miscasting Of Congressman Lantos". California Chronicle (Ultio LLC.). Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Haddock, Vicki (November 16, 2003). "Jackie Speier– moving on, moving up: Survivor of Jonestown ambush plans run for lieutenant governor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Staff (April 2007). "Alumni News". University of California Hastings College of the Law. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Jackie Speier at National Names DataBase.
- Jackie Speier, Moving On, Moving Up, November 16, 2003, San Francisco Chronicle.
- Jackie For Congress: Bio, biography page at 2008 campaign website.
- Excerpt from: REPORT OF A STAFF INVESTIGATIVE GROUP TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAY 15, 1979
- Staff (October 2006). "Senator Jackie Speier one of honored guests at banquet". Press Release (Armenian National Committee of America Western Region). Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Jeff Brazil, Jonestown's Horror Fades but Mystery Remain, Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1999
- HR 56 (1996) - California State Assembly
- California Secreatry of State, Vote2002, State Senate District 8, accessed February 15, 2008, at web.archive.org
- Yates, Dana. "Yee looking to make mark". The Daily Journal (San Mateo County's homepage). Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Hillary Clinton For President at National Names DataBase.
- Kapochunas, Rachel (January 2, 2008). "California Dems Expected to Vie for Lantos Seat". CQ Politics (Congressional Quarterly Inc.). Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2008, "April 8 primary set to pick Lantos' successor", accessed February 15, 2008
- Bishop, Shaun (January 17, 2008). "Lantos endorses Speier as 'our best candidate': 14-term congressman's support comes just days after former state senator announced candidacy". Inside Bay Area (ANG Newspapers). Retrieved January 27, 2008.
- Link thehill.com
- CBS News (2011-02-18). "Rep. Speier tells House she had abortion". Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- Speier, Jackie (February 20, 2011), ""Abortion" Fuels Intolerant Thinking", The Huffington Post, retrieved July 28, 2011
- Link VoteSmart.org
- Link VoteSmart.org
- Link VoteSmart.org
- "LGBT Equality". Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Congressional website). U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Our Campaigns "California District 11 - Special Election Race - March 6, 1979," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 19 Race - November 4, 1986," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 19 Race - November 8, 1988," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 19 Race - November 6, 1990," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 19 Race - November 3, 1992," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Assembly 19 Race - November 8, 1994," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Our Campaigns "California State Senate 8 Race - November 3, 1998," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Office of the California Secretary of State "State Senator," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Office of the California Secretary of State "Lieutenant Governor, by county," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Office of the California Secretary of State "Special Election Results United States House of Representatives, District 12 Special Primary Election, April 8, 2008," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative," (retrieved on August 4, 2009).
- Office of the California Secretary of State "United States Representative," (retrieved on February 21, 2011).
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- Congresswoman Jackie Speier official U.S. House site
- Jackie Speier for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact.com
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Works by or about Jackie Speier in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Jackie Speier and Deborah Stephens Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar mp3.
- Media, press
- Speier seeks national speed limit to save gas, July 11, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
- Jackie Speier– moving on, moving up: Survivor of Jonestown ambush plans run for lieutenant governor, November 16, 2003, San Francisco Chronicle
- Reforming California's Prisons: An Interview With Jackie Speier, Mother Jones (magazine), July 7, 2005
- Commencement Speaker, San Francisco State University, 2006
- Senator Jackie Speier one of honored guests at banquet, Armenian National Committee of America Western Region, October 2006.
- This Is Not The Life I Ordered, preview of book, promotional video with Jackie Speier
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th congressional district
April 10, 2008–January 3, 2013
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority