Anthony Weiner has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as the youngest member ever to be elected to the New York City Council from 1992-1998.
Congressman Weiner's experience in government began when he worked for his predecessor, now Senator Charles E. Schumer, from 1985-1991.
The Congressman sits on the Judiciary committee, where his efforts have won him praise as a “tough on crime” Democrat from law enforcement groups nationwide. Through his work on this committee Congressman Weiner has successfully passed legislation increasing the availability of funds for DNA testing to solve crimes. He has passed tougher laws to protect women from sexual predators, and is the sponsor of the popular “COPS” Program.
After the attacks on September 11th, Rep. Weiner was the only New Yorker appointed by leadership to the House Homeland Security Task Force.
Congressman Weiner is also a member of the Science Committee, where he has achieved a 100% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. While on the committee, Weiner passed a measure to expand research into quieter aircraft engines and worked to develop alternative fuel technology.
As a Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives, Weiner is a leading spokesman for Democrats across the nation. New York Magazine called him “an ascendant force in New York politics,” and The New York Post named him one of the “Up and Comers of 2001.” The Daily News named Weiner to their list of “leaders of the 21st Century” and PoliticsNY.com said “Weiner is a tireless worker, smart, committed to policy and a fighter for his district.” In addition, The Forward newspaper lauded Weiner as one of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans.
Weiner was reelected to Congress with 68% of the vote in 2000. He is single and lives in Brooklyn.