Trailblazer Nita Lowey is amidst her more than 25 years in Congress serving New York’s 17th District, which includes parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Lowey was the first Woman and the first New Yorker to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lowey was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988. She served the Democratic Leadership in 2001, and was appointed by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. . She was the first woman to hold this position. Lowey is an advocate for educational opportunity, improved Homeland Security preparedness, and stricter public safety laws. Lowey has also been a proponent for literacy and after-school programs. Her fight for increased federal funding has led to a rise from $1 million in 1996 to $1 billion today.
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