Meet the Lawmaker Rep. Barbara Lee


In your eight years in Congress, have you ever said, “Do you know who I am?”

Lee: Never. I do not ever remember saying that to anyone. I wouldn’t say that. I would give them my name. I’d say, ‘Hi, I’m Barbara.’

If you were stranded on a desert island with one other member of Congress, whom would you want it to be?
Lee: None. Zero. Stranded on a desert island? No. I would figure out how to get off of that island.

Rep. Barbara Lee
(D-Calif.)
Time in Congress:
8 years 
Residence: Oakland 
Marital Status: Single 
Age: 59


But what if you needed someone to help you make the raft?

Lee: All 435 could help with that. I don’t think there would be one in particular.

Speaking of places, finish this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world is ...
Lee: With my family. Anywhere.

Finish this sentence: The one thing I can’t tolerate is ...
Lee: Misleading the American people and not telling the truth about it.

I’m sensing a talking point here.
Lee: No, it just happened to come up!

What are your most and least favorite household chores?
Lee: Least favorite? I don’t know. I like household chores. It’s kind of relaxing, washing the dishes. You can listen to music. It gives you a chance to think. No, I like housework.

Can you come over to my house?
Lee: [Laughs.]

What’s your favorite dessert?
Lee: Cr

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