Barbara Jean Lee is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district since 2013. She is active in her career as the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district and a part of the Democratic Party.
Barbara Jean Lee was born as Barbara Jean Tutt on July 16, 1946, in El Paso, Texas, the United States. As of 2019, her age is 73 years old while her birth sign is Cancer. She is the daughter of Garvin Alexander Tutt (father) a lieutenant colonel and her mother Mildred Adaire Parish.
Barbara holds an American nationality and belongs to Afro-American ethnicity comes from a Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone’s descent. Her parents’ moved to California with her parents in order to get a good education.
In California, she joined San Fernando High School. After that, she attended Mills College. Similarly, she mastered in social work from the University of California in the year 1975.
Barbara Jean Lee is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th congressional district since 2013. The district is based in Oakland and covers most of the northern part of Alameda County. Lee represented the 9th congressional district from 1998 to 2013, the first woman to represent the district.
From 2009 to 2011, she is a former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is the whip and former co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus from 2005 to 2009. Similarly, Lee is the Vice-Chair and a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
Also, she played a major role in the antiwar movement. Her notable vocal criticism of the Iraq War and for being the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11 attacks.
Barbara invited Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to speak on campus and went on to work on Chisolm’s 1972 presidential campaign, serving as her delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention as president of the Mills College Black Student Union.
She worked as a volunteer at the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party’s Community Learning Center and worked on Panther co-founder Bobby Seale’s 1973 Oakland mayoral campaign as a student. After that, she became a staff member for U.S. Representative Ron Dellums as well as a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the U.S. House of Representatives.
After that, she elected to Congress in a special election with 66% of the vote and won the seat in her own right later that year with 82.8% of the vote and has been reelected nine more times with no substantive opposition in what has long been one of the most Democratic districts in the nation. Since 1959, the district and its predecessors have been in Democratic hands without interruption.
In the year 2001, Lee gained national attention as the only member of Congress to vote “No” on the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF). After that, she voted no not because she opposed military action but because she believed the AUMF. There are overly-broad powers to wage war to the president at a time when the facts regarding the situation were not yet clear.
She “warned her colleagues to be ‘careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target’”.
“It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the September 11 events—anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. In granting these overly broad powers, the Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration. I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk. The president has the constitutional authority to protect the nation from further attack, and he has mobilized the armed forces to do just that. The Congress should have waited for the facts to be presented and then acted with fuller knowledge of the consequences of our action”
Mother of Two Children
Barbara Jean Lee is the mother of two sins. But no information about her husband when it comes to her personal life. She has not talked about her married life and husband so far. She was children from a young age as per some tabloids.
Her 2 sons name is Craig Lee and Tony Lee. Her son Craig worked as a long term senior executive at State Farm, a large group of financial service companies. They both help their mother in different sectors for sure.
Tony also gifted her flowers and offered her for a visit on Mother’s Day. She is spending a happy life with her children at present though Barbara has not revealed much about her spouse.
Barbara is only active on Facebook and Twitter.