Jackie Speier

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Date of Birth May 14, 1950
Place of Birth California
Age 70 years old
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Jackie Speier

Karen Lorraine Jacqueline Speier is an American politician who currently serves as a U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 12th District from 2008 to 2013, includes the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and the southwest quarter of San Francisco. She represents much of the territory that had been represented by her political mentor, Leo Ryan. In 1978, while working as his aide, Speier survived five gunshot wounds she received when Ryan was assassinated during the Jonestown massacre. Speier was a member of the California State Senate, representing parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. On April 8, 2008, she won the special election for the vacated United States House of Representatives seat of the late Congressman Tom Lantos. A Caltrain Express locomotive is named in her honor.

Born: Karen Lorraine Speier, May 14, 1950, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Children: 2
Education: University of California, Davis (BA), University of California, Hastings (JD)
Preceded by: Tom Lantos
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About Jackie Speier

Democrat who became the U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district in 2008

Before Fame

She earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, before getting her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1976.


She was shot five times during the November 1978 fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the Reverend Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple followers, which led to the mass suicide of over 900 of the Temple's members.

Family Life

She has two children with her first husband Steve, who died in 1994.


She endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

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