Rosa DeLauro

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Rosa DeLauro
Rosa DeLauro Portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 1991
Preceded byBruce Morrison
Personal details
Born (1943-03-02) March 2, 1943 (age 75)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Stan Greenberg
EducationFordham University (BA)
London School of Economics
Columbia University (MA)

Rosa Luisa[1] DeLauro[2] /dɪˈlɔːr/ (born March 2, 1943) is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1991. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is based in New Haven, and includes most of that city's suburbs. She is currently the dean of the Connecticut congressional delegation.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

DeLauro was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Luisa "Louise" (née Canestri) and Theodore J. "Ted" DeLauro. Her father, and all of her grandparents, were Italian immigrants.[3] She earned her high school diploma from The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor's degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, as well as separate master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University.

DeLauro worked as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for Senator Chris Dodd and executive director of EMILY's List before entering the House.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


In 1990, four-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Bruce Morrison of Connecticut's 3rd congressional district decided to retire to run for governor of Connecticut. She ran for the open seat and defeated Republican state senator Thomas Scott 52%-48%.[4] She has never faced another contest nearly that close, and has been reelected thirteen times, never dropping below 63% of the vote.[5]


In the 2006 election she was re-elected to a ninth term, defeating Republican challenger Joseph Vollano with 76% of the vote.[6]


She won re-election to her tenth term with 77% of the vote.[7] The top campaign contribution to DeLauro in 2007-2008 was $14,600 from employees of United Technologies.


DeLauro won re-election to her eleventh term with 65% of the vote against Connecticut Republican Party treasurer Jerry Labriola Jr.[8][9]


DeLauro speaking in 2016

DeLauro is one of the most liberal members of the House. She is a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[10]

DeLauro is interested in health policy issues, particularly women's health. She has introduced bills aimed at improving cancer treatment and research and women's health policies. As chair of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Food and Drug Administration, she has been a critic of that agency's failures to protect the public from unsafe foods and medical products.

In May 2006, she was linked in press reports to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd's potential bid for President in 2008.[clarification needed][citation needed] On February 2, 2008, DeLauro endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President.[11]

On October 3, 2008, DeLauro voted a second time in the House in favor the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.[12] She worked to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. She has urged politicians to be "big thinkers" on the issue of universal health care.[13]

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2008, that DeLauro was "a top contender" for the position of Labor Secretary in the Obama administration.[14] However, Obama nominated fellow congresswoman Hilda Solis for the position.[15]

DeLauro was critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.[citation needed]


DeLauro is pro-choice. She supports the availability of abortions in all cases, along with the use of federal subsidies for abortion procedures. In 2006 she voted against HR 6099, a bill that would require abortion providers to follow specific procedures and formalities before performing abortions. In 2006 she also voted against a bill that makes it illegal to transport pregnant women under the age of 18 across state lines in order to obtain an abortion.[16] DeLauro has faced criticism from the Roman Catholic Church, of which she is a member, over her pro-choice position.[17]

Gun issues[edit]

She has voted in support of stronger regulation of firearms in the United States. In 2006 she voted against the Trigger Lock Amendment that ends the use of funds from the Commerce Department FY2007 Appropriation bill to enforce laws requiring guns to be sold with locks.[18] DeLauro voted in 1999 to increase the amount of time given to perform background checks from 24 hours to 72 hours.[19] Earlier, in 1998 she voted to increase the minimum gun crime sentence.[20] On 14 January 2013, she introduced a bill allowing for the voluntary surrender of assault-type weapons with compensation to come in the form of tax credits.[21]

Campaign finance and government reform[edit]

In June 2010 DeLauro voted in favor of a bill for new disclosure requirements for political advertising. She voted against the 527 Reform Act of 2005, an act that put an end to party spending limits for candidates during general elections and again against the 527 Reform Act of 2006. DeLauro also helped to pass the Lobbying and Donation Regulations bill that put in place new regulations about lobbyists and donations for Congress members.

In 2002 DeLauro voted for the Help America Vote Act of 2002. This act provided, from federal funds, $3.9 billion to modernize technology and create new programs to reach a higher standard and to make voting an easier process for disabled citizens, military personnel, citizens living abroad, and first-time voters without valid identification. In 2006 DeLauro voted against the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 that required voters to show a government-issued photo identification before voting.[22]


DeLauro sponsored the Birth Defects Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Awareness Act of 2010 (H.R. 5462). This bill allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a birth defects prevention, risk reduction, and awareness program. The program aims to increase awareness about pregnancy and breastfeeding by starting a nationwide media campaign and provides grants for research on certain exposures that affect pregnancy and breastfed infants. In November, 2010, this bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.[23] The bill was not voted on by the Senate.[24]

HR 875[edit]

DeLauro introduced HR 875,[25] the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009.[needs update] This legislation is aimed at reforming the food safety responsibilities handled by the FDA. The introduction of this bill represents a potential conflict of interest, because of her husband's, Stanley Greenberg, relation to agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto.[26]

Hurricane Irene[edit]

In August 2011, the 3rd District suffered extreme damage when Hurricane Irene made landfall along the Connecticut coastline. Numerous homes were destroyed in East Haven[27] and other shore communities and many Connecticut residents lost power for days.[28] At the time Hurricane Irene hit the state and during the immediate aftermath, DeLauro was vacationing along Italy's Amalfi Coast and was not anticipated to return to the state until five days after the storm had passed.[29] A Hartford Courant column rated DeLauro's storm response an "F".[30] DeLauro told the New Haven Register she had "no apology for taking a vacation" and being out of state during the storm.[31]

Health care[edit]

In July 2014, DeLauro introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, also known as the "SWEET Act", which would impose a 1 cent excise tax per teaspoon of caloric sweetener in soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweet teas (roughly 9 cents on a 12 oz. soda).[32] "This act is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by increasing the price of these products," according to the text of the legislation. DeLauro and other supporters of the tax argued that it could help address the national epidemics of obesity and diabetes by discouraging consumers from consuming the products and also raise money to fund prevention and treatment programs and with research and dietary education to help reduce the costs of related health problems.[33] The bill was subsequently co-sponsored by several House members and progressed on to the House Energy and Commerce committee for Health and the House Ways and Means committee, but went no further.[34]

The bill was opposed by the American Beverage Association and the National Automatic Merchandising Association[35] (NAMA) stating that "People don't support taxes and bans on common grocery items, like soft drinks" and that sweetened beverages "are not the main source of added sugars for children and teens and that a tax on sugary drinks unfairly singles out the industry."[33]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

DeLauro is married to political strategist Stan Greenberg.

DeLauro celebrated 25 years as an ovarian cancer survivor in 2010. She continues to support biomedical research, including efforts to develop a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer. [39]

DeLauro is one of the fifty richest members of Congress.[40]

She is an honorary board member of the National Organization of Italian American Women. She is a leader in the group Catholic Democrats.[41]

In May 2010, DeLauro became a brief internet sensation after the popularization of a website highlighting her allegedly Hipster wardrobe choices. Several news services picked up the story, eventually leading DeLauro to admit that while she had visited the site, she disagreed with its premise.[42][43]

In 2015, comedian and reporter John Oliver ran a story about chicken safety and how many representatives do not care about the chickens which they eat. She was listed as one of the affected members of the House Appropriations Committee, which eventually voted unanimously in favor of protecting chicken farmers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rosa Luisa DeLauro". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "New Haven to name Wooster Square corner after longtime alderwoman Luisa DeLauro". Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ "Rosa DeLauro ancestry". Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ "CT District 3 Race - Nov 06, 1990". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ "Candidate - Rosa L. DeLauro". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  6. ^ Election 2006 Results, U.S. House of Representatives, CT 3rd District
  7. ^ "CT - District 03 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  8. ^ "CT - District 03 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  9. ^ AP Election Results -
  10. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  11. ^ Rosa Will Back Obama -[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ [1] Archived March 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^[dead link]
  14. ^ Shaiken Emerges as Top Candidate for Labor Secretary
  15. ^ Kornblut, Anne E. (2008-12-19). "Obama to Announce Final Cabinet Picks". The Washington Post. p. A02. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  16. ^ [2], Issue Position: Abortion.
  17. ^ "Congresswoman DeLauro: Ryan Budget Contrary to Catholic Teaching". 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  18. ^ [3], Key Vote: Trigger Lock Amendment.
  19. ^ [4], Key Vote: 72 Hour Background Check Amendment.
  20. ^ [5], Key Vote: 72 Hour Background Check Amendment.
  21. ^ "E:\BILLS\H226.IH" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  22. ^ [6], Issue Position: Campaign Finance and Government Reform.
  23. ^ [7], Sponsored Bill.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Read The Bill: H.R. 875". 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  26. ^ "Greenberg Quinlan Rosner | Clients". Archived from the original on 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  27. ^ "Topic Galleries". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  28. ^ EndPlay. "It may be days before you have electricity | Irene | Connecticut". WTNH. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  29. ^ Obrian, Harry. "U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, monitored storm recovery efforts from vacation on the Amalfi coast - Capitol Watch". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  30. ^ Green, Rick. "Grading Public Officials On Irene - Rick Green | CT Confidential". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  31. ^ "DeLauro tours storm-ravaged Connecticut district; defends her trip to Italy (video)". New Haven Register. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  32. ^ Harrington, Elizabeth (August 1, 2014). "Democrat Seeking National Soda Tax Revenue to go to Obamacare fund cut by Congress". The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  33. ^ a b Zuraw, Lydia. "DeLauro Introduces Bill to Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  34. ^ "H.R. 5279 (113th): Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act of 2014". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  35. ^ Staff. "NAMA Opposes Proposed National Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages". Retrieved 1 August 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  36. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  37. ^ "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  38. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  39. ^ "Representative Rosa DeLauro". United for Medical Research. 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  40. ^ Beaulieu, Scott (2011-08-23). "Sen. Blumenthal Is One of 10 Richest in Congress". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  41. ^ Defining Ourselves as Catholic Democrats
  42. ^ Keller, Jared (2010-03-30). "Rosa DeLauro and Hipsters". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  43. ^ EDT (2010-06-24). "Rosa DeLauro stays informed of hipster status". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2010-08-23.[permanent dead link]

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bruce Morrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

Party political offices
New office House Democratic Assistant to the Leader
Succeeded by
John Spratt
Preceded by
Steny Hoyer
Chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Price
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Collin Peterson