Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Fighting From the Start
The daughter of an Army colonel, Representative Barbara Lee is perhaps best known for casting the lone dissenting vote against authorizing the use of military force in the wake of 9/11. “We have to stand for what is right,” Lee says. “Fighting is part of life.” In this inaugural episode of Let’s Talk Leadership, she talks to Donna Edwards about her personal path to leadership.
Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis
“Don’t be patronized,” Jayapal advises. “Be clear who you are. Be humble, always. But do not be afraid to show your strength and power.”
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen began her political career 35 years ago when she was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. “Never in the world did I consider running for office,” Ros-Lehtinen recalls. Today, she is troubled by the state of the GOP.
GWEN MOORE (D-Wisconsin): Kicking and Screaming
The eighth of nine children, Gwen Moore worked her way up from high school student body president to representing Milwaukee in the House. But she has not forgotten the struggle of being a single mother with ambition to make a difference. “I want more parity for women and children. I want to put them back in the equation.”
Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’
An ardent proponent of gun control, “I’m that steady voice you cannot quiet,” she is also famous for handing out bags of Chicago’s Garrett popcorn to her colleagues, Democrat and Republican, on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.