Ellen Tauscher

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Joan Buchanan to seek Ellen Tauscher's seat - San Jose Mercury News
Ellen Tauscher in the 10th Congressional District, should Tauscher be confirmed to the State Department post to which she has been nominated. "We cannot be timid or formulaic. If we do what we've been doing in government, we will get more of the same....
Pelosi Statement on Nomination of Ellen Tauscher as Under ... - PR Newswire (press release)
"President Obama and Secretary Clinton will benefit greatly from the talent, experience, and immense knowledge that Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will bring to the role of Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security....
Lt. Choi Attends Defense Testimony - Advocate.com
Ellen Tauscher, chief sponsor of the "don't ask, don't tell," repeal bill, and Rep. Patrick Murphy, who will reportedly take over the bill once Tauscher is confirmed for a post at the State Department. Following the hearing, Lieutenant Choi approached...
Iraq veteran adds his story to race for Tauscher seat - Sacramento Bee
Ellen Tauscher. Anthony Woods is an Iraq war veteran and recipient of a Bronze Star. Woods, an African-American who grew up in Fairfield as the son of a single-mother, is also a West Point graduate who holds a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy...
Sewer plant may get federal stimulus funding - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009 was introduced by Representatives George Miller, D-Martinez; Pete Stark, D-Fremont; Ellen Tauscher, D-Concord; Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto; Mike Honda, D-San Jose; Lynn Woolsey,...
Political notes - Contra Costa Times
Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, has been nominated to a White House post and awaits US Senate confirmation. Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is expected to attend, and the club has also invited others who have declared interest in the seat including state Sen....
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts - TPM
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Ellen O. Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State;...
Air board pays $75K for columnist's speech - San Francisco Chronicle
Ellen Tauscher. What makes the poll noteworthy, however, is that if it is an accurate predictor of the special election to replace Tauscher, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could find himself with the chance to replace Garamendi as the state's No....
Joan Buchanan: Resign your Assembly seat - Danville Weekly
Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher's 11th congressional district does not even include your District 15 cities of Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Elk Grove and Stockton, to name a few - so you would be abandoning thousands who voted for you and put their...

Ellen Tauscher

Ellen Tauscher

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher (born November 15, 1951) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 10th congressional district since 1997. The district includes a number of areas in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as some areas near Sacramento.

On March 18, 2009, Tauscher announced that she had accepted the position of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Ellen Tauscher was born in Newark, New Jersey. Her parents were a secretary and a shop steward for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The first member of her family to attend college, she graduated in 1974 from Seton Hall University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education.

She then worked as an investment banker with Bache & Co. and, at age 25, became a member of the New York Stock Exchange. She also served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange from 1979 to 1983, after which she worked for Bear Stearns and a subsidiary of Drexel Burnham Lambert.

In 1989, Tauscher moved to California and later founded ChildCare Registry, the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers. She also published The ChildCare Sourcebook and headed the Tauscher Foundation, which provided funds for elementary schools to buy computers and Internet access.

Before running for the United States House of Representatives, Tauscher was active in Democratic circles as a fundraiser and also chaired Dianne Feinstein's successful 1992 and 1994 Senate campaigns.

In 1996, Tauscher ran against two-term Republican incumbent Bill Baker in California's 10th congressional district election. During the campaign, Tauscher emphasized family issues and her support for business, the environment, and the military, while charging that Baker was too conservative for the district, particularly given his opposition to abortion and gun control. She narrowly defeated Baker, claiming victory by a margin of 1.45% of the vote. The race was ranked as the fourth most expensive of that year's 435 House races.

Tauscher was re-elected in 1998 and 2000 against vigorous Republican opposition. While the 10th district was once considered "solid Republican territory," most Bay Area Republicans tend to be more moderate than their counterparts in the rest of California and have been increasingly willing to support Democrats at the national level.

In 2000, Tauscher was made much safer when some of the more Republican-leaning parts of her district were cut out as part of state-wide redistricting. They were replaced with more Democratic territory near Sacramento and Berkeley. She has since been re-elected for four more terms with no substantive opposition, never dropping below 65 percent of the vote since 2002.

In 2009 it was announced that she will be appointed by the Obama administration as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. A special election will be held to fill her vacancy.

Tauscher serves as Co-Chair of the Iraqi Women's Caucus, Department of Energy Facilities Caucus, Army Corps Reform Caucus, Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus, and Research and Development Caucus.

She supports universal health care and, in particular, covering uninsured children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She also supports scaling back the estate tax, tightening bankruptcy rules, and expanding free trade.

Tauscher is strongly pro-choice, with a 100% positive rating from NARAL. She voted against bans on late-term and partial-birth abortions.

She also supports federal funding of stem cell research, voting in favor of both Stem Cell Research Enhancement Acts.

She supports arming commercial pilots, requiring background checks of legal gun owners, and banning "Saturday night specials." She has received an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association.

In October 2002, Tauscher voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution, approving the use of military force in Iraq. However, she has since become a critic of the Iraq War. In December 2005, Tauscher led a group of twenty-two other House Democrats in sending a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to withdraw U.S. troops, expressing the hope that the "Iraqi government takes increased responsibility" for its political and security needs. She later voted to redeploy troops out of Iraq within 90 days and even to impeach President Bush over the war.

Tauscher is a proponent of same-sex marriage, once saying, "Marriage is a civil right. When we withhold it from one segment of the population we are doing a disservice to the principles of fairness and equality upon which our country was founded." In 2006, she voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have constitutionally defined marriage as being between a man and woman.

She supports repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy and is opposed to banning gays from the Boy Scouts. She has a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights advocacy group in the United States.

On March 3, 2009 Tauscher introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 1283) to the House of Representatives.

Tauscher lives in Alamo. Prior to their divorce in 1999, she was married to Republican businessman William Y. Tauscher, former Chairman and CEO of Vanstar Corporation, former director of Safeway, Inc., and founder of the Tauscher Group, which invests and assists in the management of enterprises in home products, transportation, security and real estate. She has a daughter, Katherine (b. 1991).

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New Democrat Coalition

The New Democrat Coalition is a Congressional Member Organization within the United States Congress made up of Democrats who support an agenda that the organization describes as moderate and pro-growth. A 2006 Press release described the organization as "the largest centrist coalition in the 110th Congress" and counted 63 Members in the House of Representatives. In January 2009, at the end of the 110th Congress, there were 59 members listed on Chair Representative Ellen Tauscher's roster. The Senate New Democrat Coalition counted 21 members in the Senate in August 2002, 15 of whom remain in the Senate as of the beginning of the 111th Congress.

The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), Jim Moran (Virginia) and Timothy J. Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly centrist Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." As of February 2005, the House New Democrats are chaired by Representative Ellen Tauscher (California), with Representatives Artur Davis (Alabama) and Ron Kind (Wisconsin) serving as co-chairs. Representative Adam Smith (Washington) serves as chair of the group's political action committee.

The Senate New Democrat Coalition was founded in the spring of 2000 by Senators Evan Bayh (Indiana), Bob Graham (Florida), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Joe Lieberman (Connecticut), and Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas).

The NDC has worked to craft and pass legislation, including Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for the People's Republic of China, fast track Trade Promotion Authority, digital signatures, and H-1B visa reform and continues to work on matters such as privacy, broadband, expanding e-learning opportunities and making government more accessible and efficient through the use of technology. Many in the Democratic Party's left-wing criticize the group, however, accusing it of ignoring social justice and the poor.

The NDC is a member of the Alliance of Democrats international; the Democratic Party as a whole does not participate in any internationals on account of its political divisions, but does permit its affiliated organizations to do so.

The following members of the House of Representatives currently belong to the New Democrat Coalition.

The following Senators belong or belonged to the Senate New Democrat Coalition.

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Anthony Woods

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Anthony “Tony” Christopher Woods (Born July 20, 1980) is an Iraq War Veteran and potential candidate for the special election to replace Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in California's 10th congressional district.

Born on Travis Air Force Base in the 10th Congressional District, Woods was raised by a single mother who supported her family as a small business owner and housekeeper. As a child Tony lived in both Fairfield and Vacaville in the East Bay region of California. He graduated with honors from Vandan High School in 1999. After receiving an appointment from Congressman Vic Fazio (D CA-3), Tony matriculated into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he began his military career.

While at West Point, Woods was an accomplished cadet, athlete and scholar. As an athlete, he played sprint football in the fall and ran indoor and outdoor track in winter and spring. He was a Dean’s List student, double majoring in economics and political science. In addition to his double major, he, like all cadets who graduate from the U.S. Military Academy, completed an engineering concentration (minor) in computer science.

In his last two years at the Academy, he served in numerous leadership positions. He was a representative on the cadet honor committee . This group is committed to preserving the spirit of West Point’s famous Cadet Honor Code in the day to day lives of cadets. His cadet leadership experience culminated as the commander of summer training for the rising yearling (sophomore) class.

Woods was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant in the Armor branch. In July, 2003, Tony began the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. While at Officer Basic Course, Tony volunteered for his first deployment to Iraq to lead a platoon of National Guard soldiers as an active duty officer. Tony met his platoon at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and deployed to Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. He served as a platoon leader in that volatile region for eleven months.

He then returned from his deployment to the U.S. in January, 2005 and was transferred from Fort Bragg to Fort Carson, Colorado. Later that year, in June, 2005, he made his second deployment with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. Upon his arrival, he immediately took command of a 64 soldier platoon. During this deployment Tony was engaged in the Battle of Tal Afar. After the completion of his second, nine month tour, Tony was awarded a bronze star for his service.

Upon return from his second deployment, Tony began graduate studies in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Woods was among a group of students awarded the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award for his work mentoring low-income minorities applying to college and numerous other community leadership activities, including co-founding the first student chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing, and making three trips to New Orleans to assist families struggling to rebuild following Hurricane Katrina.

During the summer of 2007, Woods co-led a group of thirty cyclists across the U.S. to raise money for Habitat for Humanity through a non-profit group known as Bike and Build. The trip took them from Outer Banks of North Carolina to San Diego, California. The group raised over $130,000 and built homes in five different states during the course of the trip across the US.

Prior to graduation, Tony entered an annual competition to choose Harvard’s student commencement speakers. His speech Q&A won recognition by Harvard’s faculty, and he was chosen to deliver the speech at the 357th Harvard University Commencement in 2008 .

During his second year at the Kennedy School, Woods decided that he was no longer willing to serve in silence as a member of the U.S. Army, and despite his strong desire to continue serving in the military, openly admitted his sexual orientation to his commander.

In June, 2008 the Army began the process of discharging Woods under the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”| policy. Woods was honorably discharged from the Army in December of 2008. During the discharge process, he was instructed by the Army to seek employment near his duty station, and began working on the staff of Governor of New York David Paterson. Following his honorable discharge from the Army and completion of his work in New York, Woods was hired as a senior economic and business analysis consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

On March 18, 2009, Woods’ hometown Congresswoman Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D CA-10) was nominated by President Barack Obama’s to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Pending Rep. Tauscher’s approval by the U.S. Senate, a Special Election to fill her seat will likely take place later this year. While a number of longtime California politicians have openly expressed interest filling Tauscher’s seat, it has been reported that Woods—who is a Progressive Democrat---is strongly considering making a run for Congress in his home district.

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California's 10th congressional district special election, 2009

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California's 10th congressional district special election, 2009 will occur to fill the vacancy in California's 10th congressional district if Ellen Tauscher resigns her seat.

On March 18, 2009, Democratic United States House of Representatives Representative Tauscher announced that she had accepted the position of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. If she is confirmed by the United States Senate, she will have to resign her seat in the House, necessitating a special election to fill her vacancy.

Following the same procedures as the 32nd district special election caused by the resignation of Hilda Solis to become United States Secretary of Labor, the Governor of California will have 14 days to call a special election following Tauscher's resignation, which will then be required to occur within 112 to 126 days. The special election will consist of an open primary among candidates of all political parties; if one candidate wins a majority of the votes, he or she wins with no further action. If not, there is a general election between the candidates with the most votes for each party. Such a general election would take place eight weeks after the open primary.

Before Tauscher's resignation, the candidate field began to form. State Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, a former State Senator, will not run, instead continuing to run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan have expressed interest. Adriel Hampton, a Government 2.0 blogger, announced his candidacy via Twitter.

For the Republicans, San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson is considered a possible candidate. According to a Republican strategist, three well-funded Republicans have contacted him about their interest in the race, though he declined to give names.

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California's 10th congressional district

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California's 10th congressional district is located in the East Bay region of Northern California. This once compact and politically balanced district received national attention when Democrat Ellen Tauscher defeated incumbent Republican Representative Bill Baker in 1996. In the 2002 redistricting, all seats were made safe for the parties of incumbent officeholders. The district boundaries were extended to include parts of Solano County, eastern Contra Costa county, and El Cerrito in western Contra Costa county. Although much of the suburban Tri-Valley region was lost to the 11th congressional district, the city of Livermore remained in the 10th at Tauscher's request (as a member of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, she has some oversight responsibilities over the Department of Energy, and hence indirectly of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

Republican John D. Fredericks won the special election to replace fellow Republican Henry Z. Osborne, who died in office. Data for this special election is not available.

Democrat Alfred J. Elliott won the special election to replace fellow Democrat Henry E. Stubbs, who died in office. Data for this special election is not available.

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