Barbara Lee (US House)

Barbara Lee (US House)

About Barbara Lee (US House)

Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 9th congressional district, serving since 1998. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the first woman to represent that district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among many in the anti-war movement. Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace. Lee was born Barbara Jean Tutt in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Mildred Adaire (ne Parish) and Garvin Alexander Tutt, a Lieutenant Colonel. She moved from Texas to California in 1960 with her military family parents, and attended San Fernando High School in San Fernando, California.