Speier, in her first term as a United States Congressmember, has previously served in the California State Legislature, representing San Francisco and San Mateo County for 18 years, where she saw more than 300 of her bills signed into law by both Democratic and Republican governors. Prior to that, she served six years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and worked as Legislative Counsel to Congressman Leo J Ryan. As part of her duties in Congress, Representative Speier serves on three influential committees: Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
In the current session of Congress, Speier has introduced a wide range of legislation, covering issues as diverse as regulating credit rating agencies, prevention and better treatment of MRSA (staph) infections in hospitals, establishing a national usury rate to limit how much interest banks and other institutions can charge, and changing the way Congress allocates money by reining in the use of congressional earmarks.
According to Speier, the estimated benefits of health care reform to residents of the 12th Congressional District alone are many, including: the payment of $83 million in uncompensated care to local health care providers; the ability for 11,300 seniors to escape the prescription drug “donut hole” in Medicare Part D; the avoidance of bankruptcy, due to excessive health care bills, for 580 families; quality health insurance being made available to 46,000 uninsured; and 17,300 businesses potentially receiving tax credits to provide coverage to employees.
Speier is married to Barry Dennis and has two children, Jackson, a student at Stanford University and Stephanie, a high school student. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from UC Davis and received her JD from UC Hastings College of the Law.
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