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Full NameBarbara Lee
First NameBarbara
Last NameLee
Birth NameBarbara Jean Lean
ProfessionPolitician
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityMixed
Birth CityEl Paso, Texas
Birth CountryUSA
Father NameGarvin Alexander Turr
Mother NameMildred Adaire
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
HoroscopeCancer
Marital StatusSingle
No Of Children2
EducationUniversity of California
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Date of BirthJuly 16,1946
Age73 years

Barbara Lee is an American politician who has been currently serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district since 2013. Lee was the first woman to represent the 9th congressional district from 1998 to 2013.  

Barbara is also a former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus where she served (2009 to 2011) and co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (2005-09). She played a major role in the antiwar movement and was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization of the use of force during the September 11 attacks.  

Know More About, Barbara Lee

Barbara Jean Lee was born on 16th July 1946 in El Paso, Texas as the daughter of Garvin Alexander Turr and Mildred Adaire. She holds American nationality and comes from Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone descent.

American Politician Barbara LeeImage Source: intercept
American Politician Barbara Lee

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In 1960, Lee and her family moved from Texas to California where she enrolled at San Fernando High School. She went to Mills College and received an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

What Is the Net Worth Of Politician Lee?

In the United States, the average salary of a politician ranges around $174,000 yearly. Barbara has been professionally active in the political field since 1973, hence, we can assume that she earns around the average pay range. 

In a similar way, Lee surely owns a net worth in seven digits as of 2019.

Career Highlight

While attending Mills College, Lee worked on Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign serving as her delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. She also volunteered at the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party’s Community Learning Center and worked on Panther co-founder Bobby Seale’s Oakland mayoral campaign.

She was one of the staff members for U.S. Representative Ron Dellums as well as a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the U.S. House of Representatives.

The following year, Barbara won the seat in her own with 82.8% of the vote and has been reelected nine more times with no substantive opposition, all thanks to her dedication and outstanding work. 

AUMF opposition

Lee grabbed both public and media attention when she opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists. Her vote sparked nationwide news and brought about a large and extremely polarized response.

She and her family even received death threats to the point that the Capitol Police Provided round-the-clock plainclothes bodyguards.

She stated: “It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the September 11 events—anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation's long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. In granting these overly broad powers, Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration.

She further added:

I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk. The president has the constitutional authority to protect the nation from further attack, and he has mobilized the armed forces to do just that. Congress should have waited for the facts to be presented and then acted with fuller knowledge of the consequences of our action.”

Other Notable Works

From 2008-10, Lee was Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was presented with the Mario Cuomo Act of Courage Award after her opposition to the death penalty was recognized by Death Penalty Focus in 2002.

On 29th September 2008, Barbara was one of 95 Democrats to vote against the defeated Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.

As a congresswoman, Lee has made affordable housing in the East Bay area and beyond a top priority. She also supported and backed legislation which was meant to expand homeownership opportunities, improve public housing quality, and assist the homeless.

Lee during a conferenceImage Source: Intercept
Lee during a conference

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Lee also participated in the 2016 sit-in against gun violence in the House of Representatives. All the Democratic members of Congress adopted the slogan “No Bill, No Break” in an attempt to push the information of legislation increasing restrictions on guns.

On 30th November 2018, Lee was announced as one of the three co-chairs of the Steering and Policy Committee by Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader. The change was officially approved on 11th December 2018.

Where Does Barbara Lee Live?

As per various sources, the politician resides in Washington D.C., Oakland, and California consecutively. However, her exact house locations are not disclosed yet.

The median house price in Washington DC starts around $567,900, in Oakland, it ranges around $737,900, whereas, in California, the house can cost around $502,600.

Who Is Barbara Lee’s Husband?

Politician Lee had her children: Tony and Craig during her university days, however, when it comes to her husband, she has completely sealed her lips.

Barbara Lee turned 73 as of 2019Image Source: intercept
Barbara Lee turned 73 as of 2019

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Due to a lack of confirmed information, details on her partner are currently unavailable. She might be secretly married to someone who prefers a low-key life.    

Updated On Wed Nov 06 2019 Published On Wed Nov 06 2019 By Amy

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