At a Glance
- Career History: Departmental Director, Division of Economic Opportunity (1975 to 1985), New York Assistant Secretary of State (1985 to 1987); Assistant for Economic Development and Neighborhood Preservation, N.Y. Secretary of State, (dates N/A)
- Birthday: July 5, 1937
- Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
- Alma Mater:
- Spouse: Stephen Lowey
- Religion: Jewish
- Committees: House Appropriations subcomittee onn State, Foreign Operations (Chairwoman); Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies; Homeland Security; Select Intelligence Oversight
- DC Office: 2329 Rayburn House Office Building, District of Columbia, 20515202-225-6506
- State/District Office: State/Disctrict Office...
Path to Power
Born in the Bronx in 1937, Lowey graduated from Mt. Holyoke in 1959 and went to work for New York Secretary of State Mario Cuomo (D) in 1975. She served as assistant secretary of state for New York from 1985 to 1987 before deciding to run for Congress in 1988.
Lowey defeated Republican incumbent Joseph DioGuardi in a major upset. The candidates later exchanged accusations regarding campaign fund irregularities, with Lowey failing to report a $250,000 loan she made to her own campaign and a DioGauardi campaign finance committee member allegedly awarding "bonuses" to employees equal to the amounts they contributed to DioGuardi's campaign.
Lowey's voting record is notably left-leaning, with strong support for women's issues, the National Endowment for the Arts, and medical research. She has also emerged as a powerful foreign policy voice.
From her position as chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, Lowey has advocated dedicating more resources to the war in Afghanistan and opposed the Iraq troop increase in early 2007, though she did vote for the original Iraq war resolution in 2002.
Lowey was first appointed to the anti-poverty division of the office of the New York Secretary of State by Mario Cuomo (D), her first government position. Though Lowey stepped aside to let Hillary Rodham Clinton run for the open New York Senate seat in 2000, Lowey and Clinton have a good working relationship. "Sitting around the table talking to Hillary Clinton about an issue is like talking to a friend," Lowey said in March 1999.
Lowey endorsed Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries and was by her side during numerous campaign appearances. Lowey also acted as a Clinton cable news surrogate during the drawn-out primary period, with mixed results.