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U.S. Representative for California, in Congress since 2001 - member of the Democratic Party.


Adam Schiff Biography

ENG: Adam Bennett Schiff (born June 22, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district. He has served in Congress since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, which was numbered as the 27th District during his first term and the 29th from 2003 to 2013, includes Alhambra, Altadena, San Gabriel, Burbank, Glendale, South Pasadena, Temple City, Monterey Park, and Pasadena.

In 2007, he became a member of the House Appropriations Committee.


Early life, education and career

He was born in Framingham, Massachusetts to a traditional Jewish family. He received a political science degree from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He was a lawyer, working as an assistant prosecutor in the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was a member of the California State Senate, serving as the chair of that body's judiciary committee during his one term.


California Senate

During his tenure in the California Senate, Schiff authored Senate Bill 1847, Chapter 1021. Signed into law in 1998, this created the Pasadena Blue Line Authority, which continued work on the stalled then-Blue Line light rail extension to Pasadena, which would later be named the Gold Line instead.


U.S. House of Representatives - Political campaigns

Schiff was elected in 2000, defeating Republican incumbent Jim Rogan. The district had once been a Republican stronghold, but had been trending Democratic since the early 1990s. In what was the most expensive House race ever at the time (several elections in 2006 and 2008 later eclipsed it), Schiff unseated Rogan, taking 53 percent of the vote to Rogan's 44 percent. He became only the second Democrat to represent this district since its creation in 1913 (it was the 9th District from 1913 to 1933, the 11th District from 1933–43, the 20th District from 1943 to 1975, the 22nd District from 1975 to 1993, and the 27th District from 1993 to 2003).

In 2010, Schiff defeated Tea Party backed Republican John Colbert for a 6th term.


Personal life

Schiff has settled in Burbank, California with his wife Eve and two children, Alexa and Elijah.





February 11, 2013

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