Congressional Social Work Caucus
The Congressional Social Work Caucus was founded in November 2010 during the 110th Congress by former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns who represented the New York’s 10th Congressional District. The Social Work Caucus was formed to provide a platform on the Hill for the social work profession that will result in opportunities to influence policies and legislation relevant to the mission and goals of the profession.
The Caucus is now chaired by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA13). Rep. Lee, who holds several leadership positions in the Democratic Party and was a recent chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has served her California district since 1998. She earned her M.S.W. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She gained national prominence by casting the sole dissenting vote against the legislation that gave President George Bush the authority to launch the war in Iraq.
Rep. Lee has been a champion for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Out Of Poverty Caucus and this year joined forces with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer to form and chair the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. Rep. Lee has received national and international recognition for her efforts to promote peace and as a champion in the fight against HIV/AIDS.