Top Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

May 2, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Wasserman Shultz was first elected to Congress in 2004 to represent Florida’s 20th (now 23rd) district, making her the first Jewish congresswoman ever elected from the state. She was instrumental in the development of Jewish American Heritage Month, a national month-long celebration of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture. Most recently, on the Congressional National Day of Prayer marked May 1, she joined House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in remembering a Jewish teenager killed in Israel and led efforts to plant a sapling from Anne Frank’s horse chestnut tree at the U.S. Capitol.

An advocate for women’s interests, Wasserman Schultz is a member of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, which is dedicated to promoting women’s economic, health, legal and educational interests. After announcing her own battle with breast cancer in 2009, she introduced legislation that directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a national education campaign on the threat breast cancer poses to young women and the heightened risk for certain groups. The Education and Awareness Requires Learning Early, or EARLY, Act subsequently became law as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Wasserman Schultz, who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, was also active in the passage of the PROTECT Our Children Act and legislation to combat childhood drowning.

Launched in February, the Daemen Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series brings top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.

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