Quotes by: Jackie Speier

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Jackie Speier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Anna Eshoo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 12th district
In office
April 8, 2008 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Tom Lantos
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
Member of the California Senate
from the 8th district
In office
1998–2006
Preceded by Quentin L. Kopp
Succeeded by Leland Yee
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
In office
1986–1996
Preceded by Lou Papan
Succeeded by Lou Papan
Personal details
Born Karen Lorraine Speier
(1950-05-14) May 14, 1950 (age 66)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Steve Sierra (1987–1994)
Barry Dennis (2001–present)
Children Jackson
Stephanie (with Sierra)
Alma mater University of California, Davis
UC Hastings College of the Law
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website House website

Working 40 hours a week used to mean a minimum standard of living and a foothold on the first rung of the economic ladder to the middle class.
Jackie Speier
When I recently spent a night at a homeless shelter, I was dismayed that members of the middle class had moved in and that earning above the minimum wage did not protect adults from having to share a room with dozens of others.
Jackie Speier
When we foster an economy without hope, we guarantee that a segment of our population will be destined to know homelessness on a permanent basis, and not for the one night I voluntarily spent at a shelter.
Jackie Speier
My life experiences have helped me to be less fearful. In politics, that has allowed me to take on issues sooner rather than later.
Jackie Speier
Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide family planning services. Planned parenthood has a right to perform abortions.
Jackie Speier
In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more. Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes, when they vote to cut food stamps.
Jackie Speier
When a government for the people becomes a government in spite of the people, then who are we really serving?
Jackie Speier
It is past time that consumers recognize the emerging power of 'Made In America' products and services. The nation's shopping list needs this header: Check out what is made here before you 'go' overseas.
Jackie Speier
There is no longer any anonymity on the Web - unless we mandate it. The most personal information about your online habits is collected, bought and sold, often instantaneously and invisibly. Data collection is a business driven by profits at consumers' expense.
Jackie Speier
We think nothing of protecting consumers from faulty toasters or unsafe cars. Is it unreasonable to suggest that investors are entitled to information they can trust before investing their hard-earned money? I don't think it's unreasonable at all.
Jackie Speier
We must start to treat climate change as what it is - a threat to United States security. And we must not delay.
Jackie Speier
Since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the gap between men and women's earnings has narrowed by less than a half-cent per year. At this rate, American women will have to wait until 2062 to bring home the same salary as their male counterparts.
Jackie Speier
I don't know what these Republican congressmen drink that make them experts on women's reproductive health.
Jackie Speier
People have a right to surf the Web without Big Brother watching their every move and announcing it to the world. The Internet marketplace has matured - and it's time for consumers' protections to keep pace.
Jackie Speier
It's more important than ever for America to rededicate itself to manufacturing at home. When we make more products in America, more American families will make it.
Jackie Speier
It is important for us to be able to meet and greet the people that we serve. And if we start having police presence everywhere we go, it's going to create a chilling effect on discourse, and it creates an incredible assault on the democratic process.
Jackie Speier
As members of Congress, we take an oath to uphold the Constitution and bear true faith and allegiance to the United States, not the Republican or Democratic party. I have been willing to stand up to my own leadership when it's in the national interest.
Jackie Speier
Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.
Jackie Speier
We need affordable childcare and paid sick leave so workers don't have to choose between their health and their livelihood.
Jackie Speier
My family wasn't particularly political. Mom and Dad voted, but that was the extent of their involvement. In fact, I ended up going to U.C. Davis because, to them, Berkeley was too radical.
Jackie Speier
We must start to prepare for a warming world in the same way that we prepare for the possibility of terrorism - by making sure our infrastructure is secure and by working to minimize threats as much as possible.
Jackie Speier
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