Bio

 

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is an experienced and accomplished member of the United States House of Representatives – with nearly a decade of stellar service.

First elected to Congress in 2006, Rep. Clarke has worked tirelessly on progressive causes to improve the lives and opportunities of her constituents in Brooklyn’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, parts of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sheepshead Bay Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Ocean Hill, and Flatlands, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Windsor Terrace.

Rep. Clarke worked with her colleagues to ensure the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the signature achievement of President Barak Obama’s historic presidency not only passed but provided coverage for 96% of American.

The Affordable Care Act has enabled millions of low-income Americans, including 850,000 New Yorkers, obtain health care coverage previously beyond their reach.

Rep. Clarke supported the series of successful economic stimulus bills that provided billions of federal dollars for job creation and lifted the economy out of the Great Recession.

During her five terms in Washington, D.C., Congressional leaders selected Clarke to serve on multiple important committees, including the Education, Labor and Homeland Security committees. She currently sits on the Energy and Commerce, Ethics and Small Business committees.

Rep. Clarke has steadfastly worked to narrow income inequality, support small businesses and help Brooklyn homeowners. She introduced the Adjusting for Income Disparity Act to create a new tax break for low-income families, and introduced the Save Our Neighborhoods Act, granting homeowners facing foreclosure new legal rights so they could keep their homes.

As member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Clarke has played an important role in combating the plague of gun violence. She voted to strengthen background checks, close gun-show loopholes and repeal “stand your ground laws.”

A native of Brooklyn, Clarke has been an unwavering champion for her home borough and has secured millions of dollars in federal funding for community institutions and nonprofits, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Prospect Park Alliance.

In recognition of Rep. Clarke’s accomplishments and leadership, Clarke has been re- elected four times. She received an “A” rating from the Drum Major Institute and TheMiddleClass.org and 100 percent ratings from Peace Action, The Brady Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Rep. Clarke was the only member of Congress in the New York delegation to receive an “A-plus rating from the Institute of Policy Studies.

Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Clarke served on the New York City Council representing the 40th District in Brooklyn. She succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Una S. T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the Council.

She is proud of her Jamaican heritage, and has continued her Congressional district’s legacy of excellence as set forth by the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman and Caribbean American elected to Congress.

Rep. Clarke lives in the same neighborhood where she grew up, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. She attended the New York City public schools, graduated from Oberlin College, and was a recipient of the prestigious APPAM/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis. In May 2009, Rep. Clarke was also presented with an honorary Doctorate Law Degree from St. Francis College.