Rosa DeLauro is currently serving her 15th term as a United States Congresswoman for Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as Chair of the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee where she is charged with overseeing what she considers the core responsibilities of our federal government. She is also co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee and serves on the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety. She is Dean of her delegation and founded the Progressive Caucus.
For Rosa, her work has been and will always be about helping people. Since coming to Congress, she has built a reputation as a hard-working, passionate, and forthright advocate for her constituents, an honest broker who works with members of all parties, and a respected leader in Congress.
Rosa’s focus is to provide opportunity for working, middle-class families. She believes we need American jobs, jobs that cannot be outsourced. These kinds of good-paying jobs will allow us to have a thriving middle-class once again.
That is why Rosa has worked to create an economic agenda for working women and men which would help create jobs and alleviate the economic pressures so many are facing today. Rosa believes that we must make college more affordable for families, raise the minimum wage for workers, ensure seniors’ retirement security, and provide the opportunity so everyone has access to affordable healthcare. Hard working families deserve better child care, paid sick days family leave, and Rosa is fighting for these efforts each and every day.
To really know Rosa, you have to know her family. From her first days tagging along with her father in Wooster Square, to standing up for her beliefs in Congress, one thing has never changed about Rosa —she cares about people. Rosa’s parents always stressed the importance of hard work, compassion for others, and a quality education. Her father, Ted, came to America when he was 13, speaking no English, but went on to serve as a New Haven Alderman whose hard work earned him the nickname “Mayor of Wooster Square.” Rosa’s mother, Luisa, was raised by Rosa’s grandmother, who was widowed with six children in 1918, and supported the family by running a pastry shop, Canestri’s, in New Haven’s Wooster Square. Despite these challenges, Luisa DeLauro became the longest-serving member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen, serving from 1965 to 1998.
Soon after earning degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University, Rosa followed her parents’ footsteps into public service, serving as the first Executive Director of EMILY’S List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, Executive Director of Countdown ‘87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. In 1990, Rosa was elected to the House of Representatives, and she has served as the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s 3rd District since.
Rosa is married to Stanley Greenberg and their children—Anna, Kathryn and Jonathan Greenberg—all are grown and pursuing careers. They have four grandchildren, Rigby, Teo, Sadie, and Jasper.