Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

US Representative, Florida's 23rd Congressional District

 

“How are we supposed to make discoveries about hereditary cancers without access to our data? If people want to share their data, they should be able to. This will not only help them and their families, but also help the scientific and research community make crucial advancements in understanding how to best combat genetically influenced diseases.”

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has served the people of South Florida for 22 years, first in the Florida House and Senate, and since 2005 in the U.S. Congress. In the U.S. House, she serves on the Appropriations Committee and is a Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Caucus. In 2011, President Obama nominated her as Democratic National Committee Chair, and she was elected to a second term in 2013.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is a lifelong champion in the fight against breast cancer. In the Florida House she authored the “Drive Thru Mastectomy Act,” mandating insurance coverage for essential health care as women recover from mastectomy surgeries. Rep. Wasserman Schultz herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. Following treatment and announcing she was cancer-free in 2009, she introduced the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, which became law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Through the EARLY Act, the CDC is implementing a national campaign to educate and empower young women. She has also fought to allow second-opinion genetic diagnostic testing and is currently developing legislation to assist young adult cancer survivors.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is married to Steve Schultz and is the mother of three children. She was born in New York and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Florida.

 

See what the Congresswoman has to say about Free the Data! Watch her interview with us, and her interview with Bonnie Erbé on PBS' To The Contrary.