Adam Bennett Schiff is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 28th congressional district since 2013. He is regarded in the San Gabriel Valley as the “Father of the Gold Line” and is known for his work to re-energize the project. He has been a leading voice in the fight against ISIS and has been involved in the creation of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
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Adam Bennett Schiff is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 28th congressional district since 2013. Schiff is currently in his 10th term as a congressman, having served since 2001. He currently serves as chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Schiff was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Sherrill Ann Schiff. He was raised in a Jewish family which moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1970 and Alamo, California in 1972. He graduated from Monte Vista’s Monte Vista High School in 1978, and was both his class valedictorian and the student voted by his peers as \”most likely to succeed\”. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University in 1982 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1985. In 2000, Schiff was the Democratic nominee for the U of S. House of Representatives in California’s 27th congressional districts. He has been a voice in Armenian-American issues; he introduced a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. He also has been an advocate for the Blue Line light rail extension to Pasadena. He is regarded in the San Gabriel Valley as the “Father of the Gold Line” and is known for his work to re-energize the project. He voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 2002 and regretted voting for it, saying, “Our intelligence was dead wrong”. He has also been a leading voice in the fight against ISIS and has been involved in the creation of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
He is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and has served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee (House Foreign Affairs) and House Appropriations Committee (Committee on Appropriations). He was elected to the California State Senate in 1996 at age 36, when he was the Senate’s youngest member. He served in the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee and the Joint Committee on the Arts. As a state senator, Schiff authored dozens of measures that were enacted into law, including Senate Bill 1847, Chapter 1021. In 1998, this legislation continued work on the stalled Blue Line Light Rail Extension to Pasadena by renaming the Blue line as the Gold line and creating the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, which separated the project from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 2007, Schiff introduced S. 106, recognizing Armenian genocide claims to have over 70,000 Armenian-Americans in his district, which was approved by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In 2010, his district’s boundaries were re-drawn to include, among others, La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta-Montrose as well as large portions of Los Angeles itself including Sunland-Tujunga, Hollywood, the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz. He began serving his first term on January 3, 2001, and will begin serving his 11th term in January 2021.