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Zoe Lofgren

13617.jpgHouse, California , District #16

Contact Information
635 North First Street, Suite B
San Jose, California 95112

Home Town: San Mateo, CA
Committees: Homeland Security, Judiciary, House Administration


Personal Information

  • Born on December 21, 1947 in San Mateo, California.
  • Married to John Marshall Collins in 1978; mother of two children.


  • K-12 public schools, Palo Alto, California.
  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1970.
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1975.

Professional Career

  • Served as Staff Assistant to her predecessor, Congressman Don Edwards, 1970-1978. Worked on impeachment proceedings, the Equal Rights Amendment, and creation of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the South San Francisco Bay.
  • Practiced immigration law as a partner in the firm of Webber & Lofgren, 1978-1980.
  • Taught immigration law at University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1981-1994.
  • Served on Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 1981-1994.

Community Involvement

  • First Executive Director of Community Housing Developers, a non-profit community-based housing developer, San Jose, 1978.
  • Elected to Board of Trustees of San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board, 1979.

U.S. Congress

  • Elected in 1994 as only freshman Democrat from west of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Serves on Committee on Homeland Security:
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, Ranking Minority Member
    • Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity
    • Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight
  • Serves on Committee on the Judiciary:
    • Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims
  • Serves on Committee on House Administration:

Key Legislative Initiatives

  • Introduced legislation to accelerate the development of fusion as a long-term energy source, which was included in the comprehensive House energy bill (H.R. 4).
  • Successfully fought to initiate the "e-rate" that provides affordable Internet access for schools, libraries, and rural health centers.
  • Served as Democratic floor manager for the 21st Century Patent Improvement Act.
  • Initiated the SAFE Act to ease export control on encryption.

Honors and Awards

  • BAYMEC Award, September 2002.
  • TechNet Founder's Circle Award, May 2000.
  • Janet Gray Hayes Award for Outstanding Community Service, April 1999, San Jose City College.
  • Named "Cyber Champion" by Business Software Alliance.
  • Named "Congressional Leader" by Semiconductor Industry Association and presented with the Congressional Leadership Award in 1998.
  • Dubbed "Leader of the Pack" on high-tech issues by C/Net
  • 1998 Legislator of the Year, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Valley.
  • Named one of Top 10 high-tech supporters in Congress by Tech Law Journal.
  • Legislative Achievement Award, National Association of Counties, 1997.
  • PHP Valley of Hearts Award for Community Service.
  • Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award, Santa Clara University, 1995.
  • Cal Cleaver Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of Families of the Santa Clara Valley, November 1995.
  • 1994 Woman of Achievement by the San Jose Mercury News and The Women' Fund.
  • President's Award for Achievement, Santa Clara Traffic Authority, 1993.
  • Community Service Award, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara County, 1992.
  • 1980 Feminist of the Year, San Jose South Bay NOW.

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