Ellen Tauscher

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Ellen Tauscher works in the State Department

Ellen O'Kane Tauscher is the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security since June 2009. A Democrat, Tauscher previously was a U.S. Representative for the 10th Congressional district of California 1997 to 2009.[1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Tauscher voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Support for gun control

Tauscher cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 15, 2007.[3]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation


Tauscher was born November 15, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey. She was educated at Seton Hall University and was an investment banker and member of the New York Stock Exchange. After moving to California in 1989, she founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers.

Tauscher was active in Democratic circles as a fundraiser before challenging 10th District Congressman Bill Baker in 1996. Tauscher was able to paint Baker as too conservative for the district and won a razor-thin victory. She managed to win solid victories in 1998 and 2000 against vigorous Republican opposition, even though the 10th was widely considered the most Republican of the Bay Area districts. Redistricting after the 2000 census cut out some of the more Republican parts of the district, enabling Tauscher to win reelection in 2002 and 2004 without serious opposition.

Positions and views

Tauscher is a leading moderate Democrat. She is vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Leadership Council and is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Darcy Linn to face Tauscher in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Tauscher retained her seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Ellen Tauscher, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Ellen Tauscher
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • Chair, House New Democrat Coalition, 2005-present
  • Co-Chair, House Iraqi Women's Caucus, 2004-present
  • Member, Blue Dog Coalition
  • Vice Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Business Forum
  • Co Chair, Democratic Caucus Task Force on Campaign Finance Reform
  • National Vice Chair, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Co Chair, Department of Energy Facilities Caucus
  • Vice Chair, Future Security and Defense Capabilities Subcommittee, Defense and Security Committee, North American Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
  • Co Chair, Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus
  • Co Chair, New Democrat Coalition Entitlement Reform Task Force
  • Former Finance Chair, New Democrat Network
  • Co-Chair, Troop Capitol Hill: Honorary Girl Scout Caucus
  • Board of Visitors, United States Military Academy, West Point
  • Member, American Delegation, Wehrkunde Conference

Boards and other affiliations

  • Board Member, Alumnae Resources
  • Board Member, Battered Women's Alternative
  • Board Member, Breast Cancer Fund
  • Board Member, Business Executives for National Security
  • Board Member, California Symphony
  • Honorary Board Member, Diablo Arts Council
  • Majority Council Member, Emily's List
  • Board Member, Seton Hall Board of Regents
  • Honorary Board Member, Summit Bank Foundation

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ellen Tauscher. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Ellen Tauscher profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1022


Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Ranking Member On:

House New Democrat Coalition, House Iraqi Women's Caucus, Blue Dog Coalition, Department of Energy Facilities Caucus,Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus, Troop Capitol Hill: Honorary Girl Scout Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Co-Chair, Dianne Feinstein's 1992 & 1994 US Senate Campaigns, N. California Co-Chair, Delaine Eastin's Campaign for CA Superintendent
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 420 West Third StreetAntioch, CA 94509
Phone: 925-757-7187 / Fax: 925-757-7056
2. 2000 Cadenasso Drive, Suite A Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 707-428-7792 / Fax: 707-438-0523
3. 2121 North California Boulevard, Suite 555 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-932-8899 / Fax: 925-932-8159

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Date of Birth: November 15, 1951