Featured Member: Nita Lowey
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 and is currently serving her thirteenth term in Congress. Moreover, at the beginning of the 113th Congress, Lowey was selected by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Lowey serves as Ranking Democrat of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and a senior Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Lowey is a leading Congressional proponent of educational opportunity, health care quality and biomedical research, improved homeland security preparedness, stricter public safety laws, environmental protection, women's issues, a leading international role for the United States, and national security.
On the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, Lowey has also worked to ensure that diplomacy and development remain key pillars of our national security strategy, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Called “one of the engines of pro-Israel activity on Capitol Hill” by the Forward, Lowey has been a leading Congressional proponent of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and the Appropriations Committee's chief advocate of the annual U.S. aid package to Israel. Lowey is a member of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus as well.
A longtime champion of human rights and enhancing the role of women in development, Lowey has taken a key role in fighting for democracy, justice, and economic opportunity around the world. She has been praised by theBoston Globe as someone who “speaks of the world's victimized women and children as if they were voters in her district.”
Lowey was born in the Bronx; graduated from the Bronx High School of Science; and received a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Holyoke College. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York before being elected to Congress. Nita and Stephen Lowey have been married for more than 45 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
"Frankly, when the Human Right’s Council and General Assembly of UN come out with anti-Israel resolutions, they aren’t talking about Zimbabwe, Sudan, or North Korea, it’s always Israel," Lowey said. "This is why I feel a strong responsibility to publicly support the Israel-U.S. relationship, and work behind the scenes to try and bring the parties together.” - Rep. Nita Lowey on supporting Israel
“Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East and one of our most stalwart allies. A stable and secure Israel is in our national security interest and has been a staple of our foreign policy for more than sixty years."