A tireless advocate for innovation and technology, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is recognized as an established champion of comprehensive immigration reform and a national leader in immigration policy. During the 113th Congress, she played a key role in negotiating a comprehensive reform bill in the House Representatives as part of an eight-person bipartisan working group.
In 2014, Congresswoman Lofgren led a bipartisan effort to close backdoor loopholes on unwarranted government surveillance. The Massie-Lofgren amendment to the 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act to stop the NSA from searching Americans’ private communications collected without a warrant, and to prohibit the NSA from weakening security protections in devices and software for unwarranted surveillance purposes, passed the House by a resoundingly bipartisan vote of 293 to 123.
A staunch advocate for digital rights, Congresswoman Lofgren was an early opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and she led a successful fight to stop bill in the House Judiciary Committee. She recently led a bipartisan effort in the House to decontrol encryption technology.
Congresswoman Lofgren has also been active in discussions on R&D funding, patent reform and intellectual property protection, cyber security, network neutrality, and the innovation agenda.
As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. She serves as the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on both domestic and international intellectual property matters, and provides leadership and oversight of the day-to-day management of an agency of over 12,000 employees with an annual budget of $3.2 billion.
Ms. Lee is the first ever woman to serve as USPTO Director. Prior to her current role, she served as Deputy Director, and before that as the first Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office.
Congresswoman Clarke, a Brooklyn native proud of her Jamaican heritage, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2006 and today represents the Ninth Congressional District of New York.
The congresswoman serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of its Subcommittees on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; Communications and Technology; and Oversight and Investigations. She is also a member of the House Small Business Committee. Congresswoman Clarke formerly served as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.
The congresswoman also serves as co-chair of the Congressional Investment in America's Skilled Workforce Caucus and the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus and is First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
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