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The Lamorinda Democratic Club’s Friday, October 17, meeting will feature Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and Democrats who are running in local elections this November.

The club’s business meeting this month will begin at a special time, 7 p.m. After a short business meeting, the club will invite the local candidates who are Democrats to give short presentations. Congresswoman Tauscher will then present the keynote speech at our normal 8 p.m. program time.

Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher was first elected to represent the people of the 10th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1996. The 10th district includes portions of Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano, and Sacramento Counties. During her six terms in Congress, Ellen has become a recognized leader on defense, high tech, childcare, transportation, veterans’ issues and is recognized as a leader in Congress on nuclear non-proliferation issues.

As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Ellen is working to revitalize California’s transportation system and reduce congestion. Over ten years, Ellen has brought $119 million in needed project funding to the district, $36 million of which went to improvements to Highway 4. She was also able to secure funding for improvements to the 80/680 interchange, an additional bore of the Caldecott tunnel, park-and-ride lots for the Tri-Delta Transit system, expanding transit in Contra Costa County, Livermore, and Solano County, and improvement projects along the 580 corridor.

In the 110th Congress, Rep. Tauscher was appointed Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, becoming only the third woman in history to Chair an Armed Services Subcommittee. Rep. Tauscher is also the first California Democrat to be elevated to an Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmanship since 1992.

Much of Rep. Tauscher’s work in Congress focuses on working to stop the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. She is the leader in the House of Representatives on the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation’s Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign, which is working to reduce the threats associated with nuclear and biological weapons, and she has been a prominent opponent of development of new nuclear weapons and nuclear “bunker busters.”

Ellen Tauscher continues to be a strong advocate for working families. She wrote the Democrats’ comprehensive bill to guarantee America’s working families safe, affordable and accessible childcare, introduced the State Infrastructure Banks for Schools Act to rebuild our old and overcrowded schools, and co-authored a major prescription drug plan.

For the 110th Congress, Rep. Tauscher’s peers nominated and elected her to serve as Regional Whip. In this capacity she is a link between Northern California’s Congressional Democrats and the House Democratic leadership. She has served on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and chaired the group’s Democratic Business Forum.

Ellen Tauscher was born in East Newark, NJ on November 15, 1951. She was the first member of her family to attend college, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Seton Hall University in 1974. Ellen Tauscher lives in Alamo and has one daughter, Katherine.