Ask Congress: Gwen Moore

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday May 2, 2006

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RAW STORY is pleased to announce that for the fifth installment of its Ask Congress series, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) will be fielding questions submitted by RAW STORY readers.

Career:

After working as a city development specialist and organizer with Volunteers In Service to America, Moore worked her way through both houses of the Wisconsin legislature before being electing to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, capturing a staggering 70% of the vote. Moore was the first African-American woman ever elected to the Wisconsin Senate.

Issues:

Interest groups consistently rate Moore as consistently pro-choice, staunchly environmentalist, and generally liberal. National Journal has rated Moore's voting record as more liberal than 89% of the U.S. Representatives, and more conservative than just 11%.

Status:

Moore currently serves on the House Financial Services and Small Business committees. She is also a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, SAVE Commission and Working Group on Welfare Reform.

Controversies:

On April 26, a County Circuit Judge tossed a plea bargain reached by Moore's son, Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde, for slashing tires of Republican Party vehicles on election day, 2004. He was ordered to serve four months in prison and pay fines and restitution. About the ordeal, Moore has remarked, "I love my son very much. I'm very proud of him. He's accepted responsibility."

To submit a question:

For consideration, please make your question brief and respectful. Feel free, however, to ask the hard questions. Editors will forward the questions we deem the most thoughtful, interesting or best representative of a large number of others to the Congressman's office on Sunday, May 7, 2006. The Congressman will then respond to these questions in a RAW STORY feature the following week.

Submit your questions to [email protected]. To avoid confusion, you must include the name of the Congressperson your question is addressed to in the subject line of your e-mail. In order to be considered for publication, your question must include your first name, as well as the city and state from which you are writing. Last names will not be published.