Following an overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s special election, Jackie Speier will be sworn into the US House of Representatives today. Speier won 77 percent of the votes to fill the seat for California’s 12th district. The seat has been vacant, following the death of Rep. Tom Lantos from esophageal cancer.
Speier was endorsed by Lantos himself after he announced that he would not be seeking another term due to his illness. She is also supported by the Feminist Majority PAC, NOW, and Emily’s List. Speier will face the many of the same opponents from the special election in the June 3rd Democratic primary and the general election in November, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
"It was a tremendous victory, but now it's already time to get to work... We've got a lot of work to do -- to end the war in Iraq, rejuvenate our economy, make quality health care available to all Americans, protect our environment, fight global warming -- the list goes on and on," said Speier in a statement to her supporters..
Media Resources: San Francisco Chronicle 4/10/08; Mercury News 4/10/08; Jackie Speier statement 4/9/08
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .