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What if a gridlocked Congress approached policy from a parent’s perspective and put children first?

That’s what Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is challenging her colleagues to do. While we wring our hands about Congressional gridlock and the failure to tackle big issues, the people who have the most to lose—our children—have no voice. Now, Rep. Schultz—chair of the Democratic National Committee, serving her fifth term in Congress, a breast cancer survivor and the mother of three children—draws on everything she’s learned in her new book For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving our Nation’s Problems. How can she galvanize her fellow politicians to stop grandstanding and instead put the needs of our children ahead of everything? How can you help her do it? She talks with Thane Rosenbaum about her ideas and plans.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be selling and signing copies of her new book, For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving our Nation's Problems, following the event.


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Novelist and Fordham law professor Thane Rosenbaum hosts conversations with leading newsmakers and cultural figures about the big ideas of our time. Rosenbaum is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. For more information and to sign up for their mailing list, visit

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Brief Bio

For more than 20 years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her life to working on behalf of the people of Florida. On November 2, 2004, she was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and on May 4, 2011, was elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

A member of the House Committee on Appropriations, she serves as the ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

In March 2009, after announcing her own battle with breast cancer, she introduced the EARLY Act, legislation that directed the CDC to implement a national education campaign about the threat breast cancer poses to young women. This bill became law March, 2010.

She is proud to have passed into law the PROTECT Act, which created the largest law enforcement effort ever formed to stop child sex predators, and, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to combat childhood drowning.

The first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced and passed a resolution to declare an annual Jewish American Heritage Month with the inaugural month in May, 2006.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was born in 1966 on Long Island, NY. She attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1988 and with a Master’s Degree in 1990. She has been married to Steve Schultz for more than 20 years and they have three children. The Congresswoman is proud to call South Florida home where she resides with her family in Weston.

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