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Congresswoman Moore is a member of the prestigious House Committee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over the banking, insurance and housing industries. She serves on two subcommittees of the House Committee on Financial Services, including the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Moore also sits on the House Budget Committee, which oversees the federal budget process, reviews all bills and resolutions on the budget, and monitors agencies and programs funded from the budget process. She is also a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

In addition to her committee work, Congresswoman Moore was elected Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus by her fellow female colleagues. She has held this position since January 2011. In this capacity, she has become a leader on issues like health insurance reform, women's health, domestic violence and maternal and infant mortality – problems that affect women both at home and abroad. She served as Democratic Vice Chair from 2009 to 2011.

Congresswoman Moore has been tapped as a leader on world affairs for four consecutive years as a U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. In that role, Congresswoman Moore has pushed the OSCE nations to address the high global maternal mortality rates. She has worked to improve the health of women and to deal with the vulture funds that prey on poor nations that have been selected to benefit from global debt relief efforts. The OSCE is responsible for helping assure cooperation between European countries on a number of economic, political, and security issues, including the protection of human rights.

Congresswoman Moore is a strong advocate for measures that focus on improving the economic and employment conditions in low-income communities. She has fought to curb predatory lending in minority neighborhoods, supported sound efforts to help small businesses grow and advance the creation of new jobs, pushed for more affordable housing, and advocated for compliance with respect to the non-discriminatory hiring of minority-owned businesses for government contracts.

She has been an ardent supporter of initiatives that put low-income students on the path to educational success. She has consistently supported legislation to ensure low-income students have school access to three nutritious meals a day, year-round, as good nutrition has been proven to improve children’s attendance and attentiveness. Congresswoman Moore has also advocated for Federal TRIO programs, which are designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them get to college. TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first generation college students -- and students with disabilities -- to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

When it comes to our troops, Representative Moore has been a strong advocate for boosting the efforts of the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Department to ensure our nation’s service members and veterans get the care they need to successfully address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In order to combat the stigmas associated with PTSD, Congresswoman Moore has introduced legislation to promote confidential mental health care services for members of the military.

She has also supported increased funding for PTSD research and treatment programs. With her colleagues, Congresswoman Moore has led efforts urging the Army to help reduce the perception that seeking mental health counseling will negatively impact a person’s military career and promotion prospects.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1951, Congresswoman Moore was raised in Milwaukee. The eighth of nine children, Rep. Moore’s father was a factory worker and her mother was a public school teacher. Congresswoman Moore attended North Division High School in Milwaukee where she served as Student Council President. After graduation, Rep. Moore started college at Milwaukee’s Marquette University as a single, expectant mother on welfare who could only complete her education with the help of TRIO. Congresswoman Moore earned a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette, and went on to serve as a community leader, spearheading the start-up of a community credit union as a VISTA volunteer for which she earned the national “VISTA Volunteer of the Decade” award from 1976-1986.

She served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1993-2004. Prior to her election to the Senate, Congresswoman Moore served two consecutive terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989-92. In 2000, Congresswoman Moore earned a Harvard University Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. As a state legislator, Congresswoman Moore was a champion of progressive and social issues and has continued to stand up as a voice for each and every constituent and neighborhood across the city. She applied her career expertise to help create jobs and build communities. She made a positive impact in critical issues related to welfare, education and criminal justice. A tireless advocate of women's rights and civil rights, Congresswoman Moore led the fight against racial profiling, domestic abuse and voting rights violations.

Entries by Rep. Gwen Moore

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years of Service

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Last month, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, which works to serve our most vulnerable communities by sponsoring volunteers committed to lending a helping hand. AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together...

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An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:35 PM

As the school year winds down, millions of children across our nation are thinking about their summers and eagerly anticipating the last bell. Yet, for many low-income families, the end of the school year also means the end of access to school lunch and breakfast programs. In a nation where...

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Extending the Unemployment Insurance Lifeline for Struggling Americans

(32) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:33 PM

"Now that I need help it's nowhere to be found..."

My constituent, Cassie Jones,* sits in her apartment, which she has rented since 1986, wondering how she will pay the rent next month. Since she lost her job of 18 years, she has been surviving on unemployment benefits and...

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Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence

(18) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:20 PM

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization being signed into law. As the House sponsor of the strong, bipartisan Senate VAWA update, I can tell you that this was a victory hard-fought and one that women should be proud of. I witnessed the...

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Walker's Economic Plan: As Usual, Good for Walker and Bad for Wisconsin

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Governor Scott Walker has done it again. He's found a way to seek the glow of the national spotlight for himself at the expense of working and middle class Wisconsin families. His latest plan: prioritize a whopping tax cut package totaling more than $500 million over education and job training,...

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Let's Get to Work on the Export-Import Bank

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 7:20 PM

The bottom line is that Congress needs to focus on economic recovery, growth and jobs, but the frustrating truth is the Republican-led House continues to undermine the economy by failing to extend unemployment benefits, stifling growth with an austerity agenda and shutting down the federal government. House Republicans may have...

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50 Years Since LBJ's War on Poverty: A New Battle Cry

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope--some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity. This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I...
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Standing Up for Victims of Domestic Violence -- the Domestic Violence Criminal Disarmament Act

(43) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Just over a year ago, our country mourned for the tragic loss of Zina Daniel. Zina was shot and killed by her estranged husband while at work in the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She was a mother of two daughters and was well loved by her family...

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GOP Government Shutdown -- Risking our Housing Recovery

(9) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:26 PM

For 15 days, Republican leadership has threatened the sustainability of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, Head Start, government-backed small business loans and many other essential programs. While we wait for Speaker Boehner to take the reins from the Tea Party, Americans and their economic security are suffering. We...

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Governor Walker -- Cutting More From Medicaid Than Any Other State in the Nation

(67) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Governor Scott Walker has done it again. He has made national news, made a splash -- and certainly established his bona fide conservative credentials once more. But his actions come at a great cost for Wisconsin's low-income families and individuals.

Most Wisconsinites are aware that Wisconsin, under the leadership of...

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Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

(8) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Today there is much ado about the Senate Armed Services Committee's "Sandra Fluke moment." It's unfortunate that the visual image of the witness panel made up almost entirely of high-ranking military officials prompted many to wonder if the voices of victims would be silenced. What's even more unfortunate,...

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GOP 'Cost-Benefit' Bill Benefits Wall Street and Costs Americans

(12) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Republicans again have it all wrong on the substance and politics as they bring to the House floor the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, or the so-called SEC "cost-benefit" bill. Despite the innocuous name of the bill, Americans should not be fooled. The bill seeks to not only undo Dodd-Frank, but...

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'Working Families Flexibility Act' Doesn't Give Flexibility or Support to Working Families

(14) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:32 PM

In a perfect gift for mothers just short of Mother's Day, House Republicans have once again introduced legislation with a charming title and a potentially devastating impact for working women and families. According to the bill's sponsors, the "Working Families Flexibility Act," or H.R. 1406, would give employees the "freedom"...

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GOP Silence on VAWA Is Deafening

(32) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Do you hear what I hear? Listen close... closer... It is the sound of silence. Silent is what the House Republican leadership has been regarding the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Their silence is deafening.

During the 112th Congress, we missed a critical opportunity to reauthorize VAWA....

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The Campus SaVE Act: A Critical Step to Ending Violence Against Women

(73) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:08 PM

While Members of Congress face gridlock, operating in one of the most partisan climates seen in recent times, women's lives are once again on the line. Women are living in fear of being stalked or sexually assaulted and are enduring this abuse during one of the most transformative times in...

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State Waivers for TANF Can Provide True Pathway Out of Poverty

(30) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Recently the Obama Administration took a common sense step in reforming a program that has long been in need of repair -- the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Through a recent rule change, the Administration will now allow states to apply for waivers that could grant...

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Women Are Waiting...

(248) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 5:21 PM

I was molested as a child. There was no ominous stranger or dark alley. This abuse was perpetrated by someone I knew and by someone who knew me -- a family friend. Sadly, these events of my youth would only be the beginning of a lifetime of experiences with abuse...

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The Struggle Continues: The Wisconsin Labor Movement One Year Later

(300) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 2:48 PM

Last week we recognized the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the massive protests across Wisconsin against Scott Walker's wayward collective bargaining agreement. 2011 was the year of labor. During this past year we saw Wisconsinites bring -- what we called during the Civil Rights Movement -- the "street heat"...

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Scott Walker's Chickens Come Home to Roost

(685) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Last week Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took to the airways to try to quell the rising tide against him. During recent interviews he called the recall process currently underway to unseat him "unusual."

The only thing "unusual" about the recall movement is Scott Walker's inability to listen to the...

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President, Congress Must Stand Strong Against Efforts to Eliminate Birth Control Coverage

(137) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 1:07 PM

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a monumental victory for all Americans. In particular, the passage of this bill led to one of the most important advances for women's health in decades: a new regulation requiring insurance coverage for birth control with no co-pays. This was a...

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