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.