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Rep. Pete Stark
Congressman Pete Stark has served in Congress since 1973. A senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he is currently the Chairman of its Health Subcommittee. Stark previously served as the subcommittee's Ranking Minority Member from 1995 to 2006 and as its Chairman from 1985 to 1994.

Before being elected to Congress in 1972, Stark was a successful businessman and banker. Upon entering Congress, he served on the House Banking and Currency Committee. After completing his first term, Stark was named to the Ways and Means Committee, whose scope includes taxes, Medicare, Social Security, trade and public assistance.

From 1981 to 1984, Stark served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. As Chairman, Stark became known as one of the nation's foremost advocates of tax reform. He later served a critical role in shaping the historic tax reform act of 1986. In the years since, he has been a vocal voice for tax fairness and opposed the addition of corporate loopholes to our nation's income tax laws.

In January of 1985, Stark became the Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. As Chairman, he presided over major reforms to the Medicare system. While cutting billions of dollars in waste, fraud, and abuse, Stark expanded benefits for tens of millions of Medicare beneficiaries, provided COBRA health continuation benefits to workers, and made numerous improvements in the quality of our nation's health care.

Stark champions universal health care, and speaks out for peace, freedom of choice, and protecting our environment. He is a tireless advocate for children, families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities, as well as the residents of the 13th Congressional District.

A diverse area stretching along the east side of the San Francisco Bay, the 13th Congressional District runs from Alameda to Fremont.

Stark is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in engineering and the University of California, Berkeley with a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA).

In 1963, he founded Security National Bank in Walnut Creek. The bank grew from a small storefront operation to a $1 billion financial institution with branches in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Stark sold his interest in the bank after his election to Congress.

Before his business career, Stark served in the U.S. Air Force. His other civic activities have included: Director, Common Cause; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Starr King School of Ministry; Board Member, Housing Development Corporation; Board Member, Council for Civic Unity, and many others.

Stark has four daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren. He is married to Deborah Roderick Stark of San Lorenzo.

Blog Entries by Rep. Pete Stark

Momentum for Children's Welfare, Equality

0 Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:13 PM

This week marked an important milestone in the effort to open more good homes to children in the foster care system. The bipartisan Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 1681 / S. 1770) now has 100 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. This legislation, which I introduced...

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Honoring Darwin Day

34 Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Co-authored by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.

On Feb. 12 we'll commemorate the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a celebration around the world known as Darwin Day, to appreciate the advancement of human knowledge and the achievements of science and...

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A Decade in Afghanistan: Thousands Dead, Billions of Dollars Wasted

0 Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 1:31 PM

Today, America marks its 10th year of war in Afghanistan. This is a war we never should have started; yet we did so with money we never had. It is imperative that we end this war responsibly and swiftly. Our economy and our service men and women will continue to...

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Celebrating Reason on the National Day of Prayer

0 Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:21 PM

While many recognize today, Thursday, May 5, 2011, as the National Day of Prayer, I am writing to recognize it as the 2011 National Day of Reason.

The National Day of Reason, observed by millions of people in this country and around the world since 2003, celebrates the application of...

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Republican Advice to Republicans: Focus on Jobs

0 Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 8:13 AM

Here's a video my office put together, showing Republicans in the minority in 2009 and 2010 giving important advice to Republicans in the majority in 2011: Focus on jobs.

The Republicans' record on job creation...

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Cut Defense Spending, Too

0 Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 8:57 AM

Cross posted from DailyKos:,-Too

Last week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. In that speech, the President proposed a freeze on non-defense discretionary spending. Earlier that day, House Republicans voted in favor of cutting non-defense spending to 2008 levels.

Is Washington really serious about...

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Dangerous to America's Health: The Effects of Republicans' Push to Repeal Health Reform

0 Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Today I am releasing a report: "Dangerous to America's Health, the Republican Plan to Dismantle America's Health Care."

The Affordable Care Act is already providing health coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing conditions and young adults, and lowering drug costs for seniors. In time, it will help millions...

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Why This Tax Compromise Is Wrong for the Middle Class

0 Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 4:38 PM

This week, the president and the GOP announced a $900 billion deficit-financed package that includes, among other measures, an extension of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

After the past decade, we knew that Republicans were never serious about deficit spending. They added trillions to the deficit with two wars...

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Currency Tax -- A Way to Invest in Our Future

0 Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 1:54 PM

Each day, $4 trillion dollars of currency are traded. For international businesses and travelers, trading dollars for other currencies serve a legitimate purpose. However, nearly 80% of these transactions are undertaken by a handful of major banks. Experts agree that most of these transactions are made for purely speculative purposes.

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Protecting Patients' Health

0 Comments | Posted September 17, 2007 | 6:20 PM

This post responds to Merrill Goozner's comments, which were highly critical of the Epogen payment policy revisions explained below.

In August, the House took an important step to improve our broken health care system. We passed legislation, dubbed the Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act, to extend the...

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