Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who lives in Weston, Florida, has been a United States Representative since 2002. A strong advocate for equal rights, Wasserman Schultz has served as the vice chair of the LGBT Caucus in Congress. She has consistently voted on the side of expanding civil rights for the LGBT community including ensuring federal protection from hate-motivated violence and providing legislative remedies for unfair discrimination in the workplace. The Congresswoman continues to be an ardent supporter of same-sex marriage equality in Florida and nationwide, and was outspoken in favor of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as well as ending Florida’s ban that prohibited gay and lesbian parents from adopting children.
She has three children with her husband Steve, who left an executive position in banking to become a stay-at-home dad, thereby allowing his wife to continue her fight for the gay community as well as sponsoring other acts including those which provide protection against identity theft, and protection to victims of sexual and domestic violence. She is in favor of providing health care for all Americans, including those with HIV/AIDS.
She is currently the head of the Democratic National Committee, and as such will be leading the Democratic convention which opens on July 25 in Philadelphia. As part of her commitment to diversity, 35 percent of the contracts awarded for the four-day convention will go to women, veterans and minorities including gays, lesbians and transgenders.