At a Glance
- Career History:
House Democratic Steering Committee Co-chair (since 2003); Director of EMILY's List (1989); Chief of staff to Sen.
(D-Conn.) (1981 to 1987)
- Birthday: March 2, 1943
- Hometown: New Haven, Conn.
- Alma Mater: London School of Economics, attended, 1962-63; Marymount College (N.Y.), B.A., 1964; Columbia University, M.A. (international politics), 1966
- Spouse: Stan Greenberg
- Religion: Catholic
- DC Office: 2262 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-3661
- State/District Office: New Haven, 203-562-3718; Stratford, 203-378-9005
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Path to Power
Growing up in the Italian Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Conn., DeLauro's family was always politically involved. Her father, an Italian immigrant, was a New Haven alderman with the nickname "Mayor of Wooster Square," and her mother was the longest-serving member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen.
When DeLauro was growing up, her mother worked in a dress factory making dresses for 50 cents apiece. Her daughter stopped by the factory every day after school so they could walk home together; that way, the younger DeLauro would realize that an education would save her from life in a factory.
DeLauro is from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, and she voted with her party 98.9 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
In her first term, she introduced a that would cut taxes for the middle class and pay for it by increasing taxes on the rich, a philosophy she has continued to push during her time in office. Despite her Catholic upbringing, she also favors typical Democratic social positions such as abortion rights and gun control.
DeLauro is married to prominent Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who was President Bill Clinton's chief pollster from 1991 to 1994 and worked for both Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) during their presidential campaigns. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) once lived in DeLauro and Greenberg's basement.
DeLauro was chief of staff for Sen. Chris Dodd (D- during his first seven years in the Senate, and he named her national chairwoman for his 2008 presidential campaign. DeLauro also worked with the late Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) on Rep. John B. Larson's (D-Conn.) run for House Democratic Caucus vice chair.