Congresswoman Doris Matsui has represented the city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas since 2005.
Matsui is engaged in the planning and execution of an intermodal transportation center in downtown Sacramento, and recently helped secure federal funds to extend Sacramento’s light rail system to Cosumnes River College in south Sacramento.
Matsui was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2008. As a member, she crafts legislation to address critical issues facing our nation today, including health care, energy policy, technology, consumer protection, food safety, environmental quality, and American manufacturing.
She has worked to improve access to the high quality health care in Sacramento. She has also authored bipartisan legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, to strengthen the mental health care system, and has hosted a number of roundtables in Sacramento on this issue.
Matsui has offered legislation aimed at supporting local clean-tech businesses and reducing dependence on foreign oil.
Matsui says she’s dedicated to ensuring that students today have the opportunities to be successful now and in the future. As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional High Tech Caucus, she advocates for improved STEM education, and connects students at Sacramento-area high schools with professionals in the STEM fields, encouraging students to pursue careers in these fields.
After growing up on a farm in California’s Central Valley, Matsui met her husband, the late Congressman Bob Matsui, while attending the University of California at Berkeley. During President Clinton’s first term in office, she served as one of eight members of the President’s transition board. She later served for six years as deputy assistant to the president in the White House Office of Public Liaison. Matsui has a son Brian Matsui and a daughter-in-law Amy Matsui. She has two young grandchildren, Anna and Robby.
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