Contents 1 Early life, education and career 2 U.S. House of Representatives 2.1 Committee assignments 2.2 Caucuses 3 Political campaigns 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Early life, education and career[edit] Earlier photo of Watson Born in Los Angeles, California, Watson was raised Catholic.[1] According to a DNA analysis, some of her ancestors were from the Central African Republic.[2] She was educated at Dorsey High School, Los Angeles City College and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her BA in Education (1956). Watson became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She earned an MS from California State University, Los Angeles in School Psychology (1967) and a PhD in Educational Administration from Claremont Graduate University in 1987. She also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Watson taught elementary school and was a school psychologist in the Los Angeles public schools. She has lectured at California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Los Angeles. She was a health occupation specialist with the California Department of Education's Bureau of Industrial Education. Watson was elected to the California State Senate from 1978 to 1998. The longtime chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, she gained a reputation as an advocate for health care for the poor and children. Term limited, she was replaced by Kevin Murray. When, in 1988, the US government proposed the addition of the category of "bi-racial" or "multiracial" to official documents and statistics, some African American organizations and African American leaders such as Watson and Representative Augustus Hawkins were particularly vocal in their rejection and opposition of the category. They feared massive defection from the African American self-designation. In 1992, Watson ran for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. After a hard-fought campaign that often turned negative, Watson narrowly lost to former Supervisor Yvonne Burke, who was supported by US Representative Maxine Waters. President Bill Clinton appointed her United States Ambassador to Micronesia in 1999.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit] Committee assignments[edit] Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Domestic Policy Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement (Chairwoman) Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Caucuses[edit] Chair of the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus Co-chair of the Congressional Korea Caucus Co-chair of the U.S.-UK Caucus Congressional Black Caucus Congresswoman Watson supported withdrawal of US troops from Iraq,[3] opposed media consolidation,[4] supported expanding welfare coverage,[5] and opposed President Bush's proposal to privatize Social Security.[6] Watson opposed the Bush tax cuts, saying they were unaffordable. She was one of the 31 members of the House who voted not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004.[7] In 2006, the National Journal ranked Watson as the most liberal member of Congress.[8] On the issue of Cherokee Freedmen membership in the Cherokee tribe, Watson noted that 20,000 Cherokee lived in California. She opposed the Cherokee Nation's March 2007 vote to amend its constitution to limit membership to only those descendants with at least one Indian ancestor on the Dawes Roll. She noted that when freedmen were granted citizenship in the tribe in 1866 by a treaty which the Cherokees made with the US government, it was without restriction to those freedmen with Indian ancestry. Appeals to the Cherokee Nation's position were pending, in part because the tribe excluded descendants of Cherokee freedmen and intermarried whites from voting on the amendment. In June 2007 Watson introduced a bill to sever US relations with the tribe and revoke its gaming privileges unless the Cherokee restored membership in the tribe to descendants of Cherokee freedmen.[9]

Political campaigns[edit] In the 2008 Democratic primary, Watson's district went overwhelmingly for Illinois Senator Barack Obama by a margin of 61-29. As a superdelegate, Watson continued to support New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Watson defeated her challengers in the California June 3 primary, and defeated Republican David Crowley in the November 4, 2008, election.

See also[edit] List of African-American United States Representatives Women in the United States House of Representatives

References[edit] ^ Representative Diane E. Watson (CA) from Project Vote Smart ^ Growing Interest in DNA-Based Genetic Testing Among African American with Historic Election of President Elect Barack Obama ^ War in Iraq: 2006 Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Corporate Media and the FCC Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine. ^ High-Priced Republican Welfare Plan Puts the Burden on States Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine. ^ How will President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security impact America and the 33rd District of California? Archived 2010-03-09 at the Wayback Machine. ^ FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 7 ^ National Journal - Composite Liberal Score Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Flaccus, Gillian (September 27, 2007). "Cherokee identity fight reaches Calif". Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-12-28. [dead link]

External links[edit] Wikisource has original works written by or about: Diane Watson Huffington Post: Rep. Diane Watson blog entries by the congresswoman Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission Hundreds attend PLP fundraiser The Royal Gazette, January 15, 2007 Governor reiterates UK's Independence stance to Rotarians, The Royal Gazette, June 25, 2008 Profile at U.S. House of Representatives Preceded by Julian C. Dixon Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 32nd congressional district 2001–2003 Succeeded by Hilda Solis Preceded by Lucille Roybal-Allard Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 33rd congressional district 2003–2011 Succeeded by Karen Bass Diplomatic posts Preceded by Cheryl A. Martin, Charge d'Affaires, a.i. U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia 1999-2002 Succeeded by Larry Miles Dinger Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 45792739 MusicBrainz: 74aa80db-d093-4d26-ae47-a851a178f070 US Congress: W000794 Retrieved from "" Categories: 1933 birthsLiving peopleAmerican people of Central African Republic descentAfrican-American state legislators in CaliforniaAfrican-American women in politicsAfrican-American members of the United States House of RepresentativesCalifornia State SenatorsCalifornia State University, Los Angeles alumniCalifornia DemocratsFemale members of the United States House of RepresentativesJohn F. Kennedy School of Government alumniLos Angeles City College alumniMembers of the United States House of Representatives from CaliforniaPoliticians from Los AngelesAmbassadors of the United States to the Federated States of MicronesiaUniversity of California, Los Angeles alumniWomen state legislators in CaliforniaDemocratic Party members of the United States House of RepresentativesClaremont Graduate University alumniAmerican women diplomatsAfrican-American diplomatsUnited States presidential electors, 201221st-century American politicians21st-century women politiciansHidden categories: Webarchive template wayback linksAll articles with dead external linksArticles with dead external links from February 2017Pages using infobox officeholder with unknown parametersWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers

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