Photo Courtesty of Rep. Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jewish Heroes and

Heroines in America:

from World War II to the Present

Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was sworn in on January 4, 2005, as a member of the House of Representatives. She represents Florida’s 20th Congressional District. She is the first Jewish woman to be elected as a congresswoman in Florida.

Wasserman came to Washington with 12 years of public service on behalf of the people of Southeast Florida.

She is a strong advocate on behalf of children, education, health care, Social Security, Medicare, against anti-Semitism, women’s right, etc.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was born on September 27, 1966, in, Forest Hills, NY. She grew up in Long Island with her parents, Ann and Lawrence Wasserman. She received her BA Degree in Political Science, at the University of Florida, in 1988 and her Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, 1990.

Her husband is Steve Schultz and they have three children: a son named Jake and twin girls named Rebecca and Shelby.

She sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives urging President Bush to proclaim January as American Jewish History month. It passed the House unanimously on December 15, 2005. A similar resolution sponsored by Senator Arlen Spector passed the Senate and both were sent to President Bush. A proclamation by President Bush, in 2006, that the May will be Jewish Heritage Month.

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz was named by the Forward, a national Jewish Newspaper, as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the American Jewish community for 2005.

Regarding the genocide in Sudan during 2005, she urged Americans to participate in a national weekend of prayer and reflection.

“As a member of the Jewish Community, I live by the concept of “Never Again.” Genocide has no place in our society. My constituents of all faiths have voiced concerns for the people of Dafur and I intend to do all I can to support the victims and promote a civil society,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, July 15, 2005.

Throughout her years in public service, Congresswoman Schultz has always been pro Israel. In 2006, she spoke aggressively against the Hezbollah attacks against Israel in 2006.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz serves as a member of many House committees, including the Judiciary Committee.

She is an inspiration and a role model for any Jewish girl or woman wanting to be of service to their community and the nation.

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