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Rep. Gwen Moore to give 50th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture
November 9, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore will deliver the 50th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture. The Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture showcases work on social justice and human rights in the United States. It is the longest running lecture series on campus.
The talk is free and open to the public. For more information or special needs, call (414) 229-6202.
About Congresswoman Gwen Moore:
Throughout her almost 30 years of public service, Moore has been at the forefront of some of our nation’s most significant legislative achievements and has gained the reputation of a fearless advocate for women and children.
Born in Racine in 1951, Moore was raised as the eighth of nine children in Milwaukee. Her father was a union factory worker and her mother was a public school teacher. After graduating from high school, Moore attended Marquette University and earned a B.A. in Political Science as a single, expectant mother on welfare. After finishing Marquette, she received the national VISTA Volunteer of the Decade award for serving as an exceptional community leader and spearheading the startup of a local credit union.
Inspired by her love of community activism, Moore successfully ran to represent Milwaukee in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989 to 1992 and in the State Senate from 1993 to 2004. She was elected to represent Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District in 2004, making her the first African American elected to Congress from Wisconsin.
She is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Social Security system, Medicare, the Foster Care system, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, unemployment insurance and all taxation, tariffs and revenue-raising measures. She serves on the Oversight, Select Revenue Measures, and Worker and Family Support Subcommittees.
The congresswoman is also an active member on the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, LGBT Equality Caucus, the Great Lakes Caucus, the Helsinki Commission, and the Democratic Women’s Working Group.
Moore has been a consistent leader on issues such as health care reform, women’s health, maternal and infant mortality, and domestic violence. She was a leading voice in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and has authored critical legislation like the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2017.
Moore lives in Milwaukee.