Congressional Social Work Caucus
The Congressional Social Work Caucus was founded in November 2010 during the 110th Congress by former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns who represented the New York’s 10th Congressional District. The Social Work Caucus was formed to provide a platform on the Hill for the social work profession that will result in opportunities to influence policies and legislation relevant to the mission and goals of the profession.
The Caucus is now chaired by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13) who holds several leadership positions in the Democratic Party, including being the only African American woman in Democratic Leadership, serving as Co-Chair of the Policy and Steering Committee. She was a recent chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and received her fourth appoint as the Congressional Representative for the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. Rep. Lee earned her M.S.W. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and has served her California district since 1998.
Rep. Lee has been a champion for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Out Of Poverty Caucus and has joined forces with Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to form and chair the Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. Rep. Lee has received national and international recognition for her efforts to promote peace and as a champion in the fight against HIV/AIDS.