HOWARD LAWRENCE BERMAN (born April 15, 1941) is an attorney and
former U.S. Representative , last serving California\'s 28th
congressional district , serving in Congress from 1983 to 2013. The
district, numbered as the 26th District from 1983 to 2003, included
about half of the
San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley . Berman is a Democrat .
* 1 Early life, education, and legal career
* 2.1 Elections
* 2.2 Tenure
* 2.3 Committee assignments
* 3 U.S. House of Representatives
* 3.1 Elections
* 3.1.1 1982
* 3.1.2 1984 through 2010
* 3.1.3 2012
* 3.2 Political positions
* 3.2.4 Immigration
* 3.2.5 Investments
* 3.2.6 Ethics
* 3.3 Committee assignments
* 3.3.1 Caucus memberships
* 4 Career after Congress
* 5 Personal life
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND LEGAL CAREER
Berman was born in
Los Angeles ,
California , to
the son of Eleanor (née Schapiro) and Joseph Berman. His maternal
grandparents immigrated from
Russia . He graduated from Alexander
Hamilton High School (Los Angeles) (1959), and earned his
international relations ) and LL.B. (1965) at UCLA . Blanche
Bettington, his high school civics teacher, inspired him to enter
politics and government.
He was a VISTA volunteer (1966–1967) in
Baltimore and San Francisco
, and was an associate at a
Los Angeles law firm , Levy, Van Bourg ">
Berman was a convention delegate to the 1968 (Chicago) , 1976 , and
1984 Democratic National Conventions .
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Berman won election to the Assembly in 1972 from a district in the
Hollywood Hills , unseating the incumbent Republican Speaker
pro-tempore. His brother Michael, campaign manager in
Henry Waxman 's
1968 Assembly race, again ran a targeted mail operation.
In 1974 Berman and Waxman both opposed Willie Brown 's unsuccessful
revolt against Speaker of the
California State Assembly
Leo McCarthy ,
who rewarded Berman's loyalty by appointing him the youngest majority
leader in the Assembly's history. McCarthy fired Berman when he tried
to replace him in 1980. Although McCarthy failed to retain the
Speakership, Berman failed to win it; and Brown became Speaker. Other
members remarked on what a tough politician he was; the Bermans helped
arrange a primary defeat for at least one colleague (
Jack R. Fenton )
who had opposed his bid.
He also served as Chairman of the Assembly Democratic Caucus and on
the Policy Research Management Committee of the Assembly.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
After redistricting made the 26th District significantly more
Democratic, incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman John Harbin
Rousselot decided to run in California\'s 30th congressional district
in 1982. Berman won the Democratic primary for the open seat with 83%.
He won the general election with 60% of the vote.
1984 Through 2010
Berman was re-elected 14 times, never dropping below 61% of the vote,
from 1984 through 2010.
The 2000 census allocated
California one new House seat, 53 in all.
Berman, "dad of the delegation" on redistricting, made a deal with
Republicans Tom Davis and
David Dreier to keep 34 safe seats for
Democrats, add one new Republican district, and protect 19 incumbent
California Democrats in the House and California
State Senate hired Michael Berman, Howard Berman's brother, as a
redistricting consultant, for a fee of $20,000 each. When the August
2001 plan was unveiled, Congressman
Brad Sherman , a fellow Democrat
from California, complained that it undermined the safety of his seat
with too many
Hispanic voters, saying "
Howard Berman stabbed me in the
back." Berman agreed to redraw the boundary between their districts,
giving himself 56% and Sherman 37%
Latino population. The
redistricting plan survived a court challenge from the MALDEF , which
argued that the redistricting diluted
Hispanic representation. The
Republicans suffered some slippage; they had only 19 members in the
delegation to the
110th Congress .
From 2001 to 2006, Berman paid his brother Michael Berman's
consulting firm Berman & D'Agostino $195,000 from campaign funds. In
the 2002 campaign, Berman he was sometimes referred to as the
Hollywood ". The major industry contributing to
his election campaigns has been the entertainment industry. He
proposed legislation under which copyright holders would be able to
employ technological tools such as file blocking, redirection , spoofs
, and decoys—among others—to curb piracy (
Peer to Peer
Peer to Peer Piracy
Prevention Act). He has been named as one of the primary politicians
involved in the creation of the
Stop Online Piracy Act
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). In a September 2008
hearing of the House
Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Berman
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health 's policy requiring
NIH-sponsored research to be submitted to a database open to the
public by saying that "the N in NIH shouldn't stand for
LA Weekly , "Berman played a key and under-appreciated
role in securing passage of a resolution that gave President George W.
Bush broad authority to use force." The National Journal reports that
Berman, "played a critical role in winning passage by a wide margin of
Iraq War resolution in October 2002. He strongly supported
military action against Iraq, and in September he organized a group of
Democrats who shared his views. Berman's discussions led to Leader
Gephardt\'s agreement with the administration on the terms of the
resolution—talks that undercut the demands of other senior
Democrats, including then Whip Pelosi and Chairman Biden . In June
2006, Berman voted for the Republican resolution to reject a timetable
for withdrawal from Iraq."
Berman is also a supporter of
Israel , telling the
The Forward , after being appointed Chairman of the United States
House Committee on Foreign Affairs , "Even before I was a Democrat, I
Zionist ." He has sponsored the Anti-Boycott Act in the House,
which prohibits American individuals and organizations from actively
boycotting Israeli goods.
In 2003, Berman expressed his concerns over the Patriot Act with then
US Attorney General John Ashcroft, specifically on the method to hold
illegal immigrants until they prove they are not terrorists.
In 2000, Berman along with then-US Senator from Oregon, Gordon Smith,
proposed an amnesty, which would have granted legal status to hundreds
of thousands of undocumented farm laborers. In exchange, requirements
that growers provide housing to guest workers, and pay them a minimum
wage adjusted annually for inflation, would have been relaxed. In
2005, Berman was part of the bi-partisan group in Congress that fought
for immigration reform efforts. That path to citizenship was also
supported by President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain.
Center for Responsive Politics
Center for Responsive Politics named 151 members of Congress who
had investments (as of year end 2006) in companies that do business
United States Department of Defense , suggesting that such
holdings conflict with their responsibility for U.S. security policy.
The most important such companies, ranked by estimated total value of
members' holdings, were
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble ,
General Electric ,
Berkshire Hathaway ,
Microsoft , Johnson & Johnson
H. J. Heinz Company
H. J. Heinz Company , and
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company . CRP identified
the top ten members of Congress, and the report named no other members
among the 151, save committee chairmen Sen.
Joseph Lieberman and Rep.
Berman. None of the firms listed above ranked among the top ten DOD
contractors in 2008, nor in the top twenty for 2009.
Alan Mollohan , ranking member of the
House Ethics Committee ,
resigned from the committee after he himself became the subject of an
ethics complaint. Berman had been its senior Democrat 1997–2003, and
Nancy Pelosi reappointed him to replace
Mollohan. Berman served on the subcommittee investigating the House\'s
page program in the wake of the
Mark Foley scandal
Mark Foley scandal . "This is an
honor I could have done without."
Center for Public Integrity
Center for Public Integrity reported in 2006 that members of the
House Ethics Committee and their staffs had taken many privately
sponsored trips, about 400 trips from 2000 to mid-2005, at a total
expense nearly $1 million. Of these, Democrats took about 80% of the
trips at about 70% of the cost. Berman and his staff were at the top
of the chart, with trips costing more than $245,000. Berman himself
had taken 14 trips at the
Aspen Institute 's expense, including two to
China with Mrs. Berman. Aspen replied that its events for members were
like graduate seminars, and did not push any policy agenda. "Gene
Smith, Berman's chief of staff, said that the bulk of the
congressman's foreign travel can be attributed to his being a senior
member on the House Committee on International Relations." Five
private groups (
Campaign Legal Center ,
Democracy 21 , the League of
Women Voters ,
Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG ) jointly sent a letter to
the ethics committee urging it to ban or restrict such travel.
* Committee on Foreign Affairs (Ranking Member)
* Committee on the Judiciary
* Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the
* Congressional Children's Working Group
* Congressional Diabetes Caucus
* International Conservation Caucus
* LGBT Equality Caucus
CAREER AFTER CONGRESS
In April 2013, Berman announced he would be joining the Washington,
D.C. law firm Covington they have two daughters, Brinley and Lindsey.
Memberships and awards
* First Annual Farmworker Justice Award, 2000
California Federation of Young Democrats , 1967–1969
* President's award,
National Music Publishers Association , 2007
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
* Mexico Parliamentary Group
* List of
Jewish members of the
United States Congress
* ^ National
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California. One Voter Project. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
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Tom Bane" (PDF). State Government Oral History Program. California
State Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 11, 2007.
Retrieved 2008-09-18. On top of that, Michael Berman was after votes.
He figured if he'd knock off Jack Fenton, another vote for Howard....
He did it to Jack Fenton, he'd do it to them. Check date values in:
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* ^ "CA District 26 – D Primary Race – Jun 08, 1982". Our
Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
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Orange County Register
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Democrats Trade Barbs Over Redistricting".
Los Angeles Times .
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USA Today . 2007-06-18.
* ^ "Family Affair" (PDF). Citizens for Ethics. 2007-06-19.
Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-25.
* ^ Alice Walton (June 4, 2012). "Berman vs. Sherman: 2 longtime
Democratic leaders face off in the the Valley". Scpr.org. Retrieved
* ^ "Lines Redrawn, Longtime Allies Fight for a Seat". The New York
* ^ "Clone Wars". The Atlantic.
* ^ "
California Open Primary Leads to Democratic Slugfest". IVN.
Retrieved 23 July 2012.
* ^ February 26, 2017 (2011-11-21). "Berman Beats Sherman in
Endorsement Race - News –". Forward.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
* ^ Granfield, Patrick (2011-11-18). "22 Dems back Berman over
Sherman". Politico. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
* ^ February 26, 2017 (2011-11-21). "Berman Beats Sherman in
Endorsement Race - News –". Forward.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
* ^ "Rep. Sherman Tops Rep. Berman in Calif. Dem Primary". ABC
* ^ Slosson, Mary (6 June 2012). "Democrats face Democrats in new
California election system". Reuters. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
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* ^ Michelle Quinn (November 7, 2012). "
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Berman after bitter fight". Politico. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
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Retrieved 21 June 2012.
* ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 145: Agree to the Senate
Amendment with an Amendment". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved
2008-09-18. To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978
to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of
foreign intelligence, and for other purpoes (sic)
* ^ Sutton, Linda (2007-05-17). "Peace Activists Target Cong.
Howard Berman". Truth Now Sunday.
Los Angeles Independent Media
Center. Retrieved 2008-09-20. About 40 peace activists from multiple
groups in the
San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley gathered in front of Congressman
Howard Berman's home in Valley Village on Sat, May 26, 2007. Berman
did NOT VOTE on the supplemental
Iraq appropriations bill HR2206 that
funds the war without timelines for withdrawal. Groups represented
included Neighborhood Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of
America , Progressive Caucus CDP, So. Cal. Grassroots, Valley
* ^ A B "Politics, Breaking News, US and World News – Howard
Berman". The Washington Times. 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
* ^ "No House Members Broke Rules in Ex-Rep. Foley\'s Congressional
Page Scandal". Fox News. 2011-10-21.
* ^ Daunt, Tina (18 May 2012). "Rep.
Howard Berman Seeks Tax Credit
Extensions for U.S. Film Production". The
Retrieved 12 June 2012.
* ^ A B Guttman, Nathan (2008-04-24). "New Foreign Affairs
Committee Chairman Draws Praise From All Sides".
The Forward .
* ^ "Howard L. Berman: Campaign Finance/Money summary". Open
* ^ "Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade
agreement (2007)". WikiLeaks. 2008-05-22.
* ^ "Hearing on: H.R. 6845, the "Fair
Copyright in Research Works
United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives Committee on the
Judiciary. 2008-09-11. Archived from the original on 2013-04-27.
* ^ "Backlash against open access". Ars Technica. 2008-09-16.
* ^ "The
Iraq Vote: Howard Berman\'s Most Momentous Achievement Is
One He\'s Come to Regret". LA Weekly.
* ^ Rep.
Howard Berman (2011-07-19). "Antiboycott Act (H.R.
2589)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
* ^ Tapper, Jake (June 11, 2003). "How Ashcroft beats a full
House". Salon. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
* ^ Bacon, David (November–December 2001). "Braceros or Amnesty".
Dollars & Sense. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
* ^ Le Templar (December 9, 2005). "Guest worker plan dropped from
House immigration bill". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
* ^ Abid, Aslam (2008-04-07). "FINANCE: U.S. Lawmakers Invested in
Iraq, Afghanistan Wars".
Inter Press Service International Association
Rome, Italy ). Archived from the original on 2008-09-11. Retrieved
2008-09-18. Other panel chiefs who invested in defence firms include
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Independent who presides over
the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and
Rep. Howard Berman, the
California Democrat who heads the House
Foreign Affairs Committee. In all, 151 current members of Congress –
more than one-fourth of the total – have invested between 78.7
million dollars and 195.5 million dollars in companies that received
defense contracts of at least $5.0 million, according to CRP.
* ^ Mayer, Lindsay Renick (2008-04-03). "Strategic Assets". Capital
Eye. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2008-09-18. ...
lawmakers are personally invested in companies reaping billions of
dollars from defense contracts.
* ^ Potter, Matthew (November 13, 2008). "Top Defense Contractors
CBS News . Retrieved 2010-12-04.
* ^ "Top 20 defense contractors". Defense Systems News. May 28,
2010. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
* ^ Cillizza, Chris (2006-04-21). "House: Mollohan Steps Down From
Ethics Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-19. Congressman
Howard Berman, who previously served as the senior member of the
Ethics Committee, has agreed to accept my appointment to return
temporarily as ranking member.
* ^ http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2531925
Archived June 26, 2009, at the
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Among the Well-Traveled. House legislators mulling rules and their
aides took about $1 million in trips".
Center for Public Integrity
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* ^ "2000 Farmworker Justice Award Presented to Rep. Howard Berman"
(PDF). Farmworker Justice News, Summer 2000. Farmworker Justice Fund,
Inc. 2000-07-18. p. 4. Retrieved 2008-01-16. The Board of Directors of
the Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. presented the 2000 Farmworker
Justice Award to Rep.
Howard Berman of California. The presentation
was made by Dolores Huerta, Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farm
Workers, a long time friend of Howard Berman. The award reception was
held at the Mott House in
Washington, D.C. during the evening of May
* ^ "Farmworker Justice Award 2000". Farmworker Justice Fund.
Archived from the original on June 8, 2003.
* Congressman Howard L. Berman