Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is seeking re-election in New York's 17th Congressional District, including Rockland County and most of central and northern Westchester County. Elected twelve times by the people of the Hudson Valley, Lowey first joined the United States House of Representatives in 1989.
Lowey is a leading national proponent for strengthening our economy, balancing the federal budget, improving math and science education for children, providing quality, affordable health care, promoting biomedical research, safeguarding a women's right to choose, achieving independence from foreign oil, and protecting the environment.
Among Lowey’s many personal accomplishments are:
• Helping small businesses grow and create more new permanent jobs through an increase in federal loan limits.
• Passing the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act to bolster federal research and combat potential environmental causes of breast cancer.
• Creating a Homeland Security office dedicated to improving communications for First Responders.
• Protecting the Public Broadcasting System and the National Endowment for the Arts, including such beloved programming as Sesame Street.
• Authoring and adopting a new food allergen labeling law called by The New York Times “an all too rare example . . . of bipartisan cooperation to serve the public good.”
• Leading the fight for a national DWI standard of .08 to crack down on drinking and driving and improve the safety of our roads.
• Co-Founding the Hudson River Caucus to ensure protection for this vital regional and national resource.
• Obtaining record federal support for battered women’s shelters.
• Expanding after-school education programs, so that they now provide a safe learning environment for nearly 1.8 million children.
• Providing federal protection for veterans memorials.
As the Ranking Member and former Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Lowey plays a vital leadership role in strengthening America's alliances around the world and ensuring that the United States meets the challenge of global leadership. In the aftermath of September 11th, Lowey was chosen to be a Member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. She has fought successfully to provide First Responders with resources to confront emergencies, to obtain a fair share of federal homeland security funding for New York State, and to bolster security at critical facilities, including our airports, nuclear plants, and ports.
Lowey has been called "courageous" by the New York Times and recognized by the New York Daily News as one of "New York's key Members of Congress." Newsday called her "terrific" and said "she delivers for New York." And Congressional Quarterly cited her as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress.
Lowey was born in the Bronx; graduated from the Bronx High School of Science; and received a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Holyoke College. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York before being elected to Congress. Nita and Stephen Lowey, who reside in Harrison, are proud of their three children and eight grandchildren.