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Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.)

U.S. Representative (since January 1993)

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Why She Matters

A veteran representative from California's 15th district and a close friend of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Eshoo has served as a House Democratic whip at-large since 2003.

Representing a large swath of Silicon Valley, Eshoo has led or otherwise advocated numerous technology initiatives during her tenure, including legislation to reduce e-mail spam and to increase Internet access for the disadvantaged. She is also a leading advocate for net-neutrality policies. Eshoo has also played a significant role in clean-energy efforts, co-sponsoring a variety of bills to increase reliance on renewable resources and introducing legislation to improve U.S. infrastructure for electric cars. Eshoo was also responsible for adding a provision to the 2010 health-care bill that gives biotechnology companies exclusive rights to their data for 12 years before it's opened to competitors.

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GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama’s trustworthiness.

The Switchboard: Obama to propose ending NSA bulk data collection

Plus, AT&T says customers’ bills will drop if net neutrality stays dead, and Silicon Valley lines up behind Rep. Anna Eshoo.

What House lawmakers still don’t get about control of the Internet

The largely conservative backlash against a plan to devolve “control” of the Internet to a multistakeholder body is grounded in a big misunderstanding.

With Dingell out, the race to be the top Democrat on technology is wide open

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) have already said they would like to be the next top liberal on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Democrats line up for Waxman’s prime committee post

Reps. Pallone and Eshoo both want to be the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Furious Democrats denounce GOP’s last-minute move to weaken phone unlocking bill

Rep. Bob Goodlatte is trying to push through a controversial change using hardball tactics.

 
 

At a Glance

  • Career History: San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1982 to 1992); Chairwoman, San Mateo County Democratic Party (1980), Chief of Staff, California Assembly speaker (1981)
  • Birthday: Dec. 13, 1942
  • Hometown: New Britain, Conn.
  • Alma Mater: Canada Col., A.A., 1975
  • Spouse: Divorced
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Committees: Energy and Commerce (ranking Democrat, subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet)
  • DC Office: 205 Cannon House Office Building
 

Path to Power

Eshoo was born in 1942 in New Britain, Conn., where her father ran a jeweler and watch- repair shop.

The family would later move to California, where Eshoo earned an associate's degree in the Bay Area.

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The Issues

Eshoo is among the most loyal Democrats, having voted with fellow House Democrats 99 percent of the time during the 111th Congress.

A former member of the House Intelligence panel, Eshoo has demanded more transparency and oversight over intelligence agencies.

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The Network

Eshoo is known as one of the oldest and closest friends of fellow California Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She is close with other members of Pelosi's inner circle, which includes other California Democrats like George Miller and Zoe Lofgren.

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Additional Resources

  1. Carreyrou, John, "Lehman's Ghost Haunts California" The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24, 2010
  2. Albanesius, Chloe, "Update: House Panel Votes to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules" PCMag.com, March 9, 2011
  3. Lazarus, David, "Congress considers shushing loud TV ads" Los Angeles Times, Oct. 8, 2010
  4. "Washington Post Votes Database"
  5. National Journal, Almanac of American Politics
  6. "Eshoo says why she voted for bailout bill" Palo Alto Online, Sept. 29, 2008
  7. Gustin, Sam, "Silicon Valley's Anna Eshoo Wins Key House Tech Post" Wired.com, Jan. 20, 2011
  8. Nagesh, Gautham, "Silicon Valley Dem: Net neutrality repeal would spark 'revolution'" The Hill, Feb. 17, 2011
  9. Crabtree, Susan, "Democrats, White House spar over intelligence bill" The Hill, March 18, 2010
  10. Zapler, Mike, "House Democrats from the Bay Area line up against Obama's expected troop surge in Afghanistan" San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 26, 2009"Rep. Eshoo Statement Against Afghanistan War Funding" Press Release, July 28, 2010
  11. "The Insider: Eshoo looks like a 'yes' on health care" San Jose Mercury News, March 12, 2010
  12. Ifill, Gwen, "THE FREE TRADE ACCORD: How Clinton Won; 56 Long Days of Coordinated Persuasion" The New York Times, Nov. 19, 1993
  13. Zapler, Mike, "Eshoo snags key tech committee post" San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 19, 2011
  14. Sheyner, Gennady, "Eshoo shares details of health care proposal" Palo Alto Online, Aug. 21, 2009
  15. Workman, Bill, "Democrat Favored in 14th District" San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 29, 1992
  16. National Journal, Almanac of American Politics
  17. "The Insider: Speier, Eshoo voted 'nay' on tax-cut deal" San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 17, 2010
  18. Kinney, Aaron, "Speier, Eshoo say 'no' to Senate health care bill" McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers, Jan. 22, 2010
  19. Colliver, Victoria, "New rules on generics seen as mixed blessing" San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2010
  20. Rogers, Diane Kim, "Pelosi proves it ain't over until the Speaker lady sings" Christian Science Monitor, March 25, 2010