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Hon. Anna G. Eshoo - U.S. Congresswoman - Cañada College

United States Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D - Palo Alto) is a graduate of Cañada College and the CORO Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization with fellowship program dedicated to teaching skills to young adults that are useful in leadership in public affairs. She received an honorary doctorate from Menlo College in 1996.

"My experience at Cañada College was an enriching one," said Rep. Eshoo, who was born in New Britain, Conn., of Assyrian and Armenian heritage. "(It's) a diverse campus, outstanding faculty, a wonderful place to learn and grow, and lifelong friendships have shaped me. How proud I am to be a product of a community college, and my support in Congress is rooted in all that was given to me by so many who were a part of it."

Rep. Eshoo's political career started when she was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1982. She served on the county board for 10 years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.

In Rep. Eshoo's two decades in Congress, she has defended consumers, promoted American competitiveness and innovation, fought for access to health care for families and children, protected the environment, and encouraged development of clean energy technology.

Rep. Eshoo's work consistently earns the highest approval from a wide range of organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Humane Society, the American Association of University Women, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Science Coalition. The San Jose Mercury News named her one of the 10 most powerful women in Silicon Valley "because she sits on committees that oversee the Internet and biotech—areas vital to the valley's interests"

Following 9/11, Rep. Eshoo recognized critical gaps in the nation's public safety communications network. As ranking member of the powerful House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Eshoo was uniquely positioned to address this issue. Working from recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission Report, Eshoo led a charge in the House to create America's first nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network and to appropriate significant funding for next generation 9-1-1 technology. In February 2012, Congress passed legislation to do just that. The nation's first responders from local to federal levels will soon have the critical interoperable airwaves needed to effectively communicate in the event of an emergency.

In the wake of the nation's housing crisis which put extraordinary strain on the California housing market, Rep. Eshoo broke new ground for homeowners. Families in her district were struggling to keep up with their mortgages, forcing many to give up their dream of owning a home. Eshoo created consensus around inclusion of a "Homeowner Bill of Rights" in the 50-State Settlement—a $25 billion settlement for mortgage servicing abuses perpetrated by the largest servicers.


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