Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, Congresswoman ANNA G. ESHOO exemplifies innovation. She’s creative, boundary breaking and productive. She is a problem solver and a consensus builder. In Rep. Eshoo’s two decades in Congress, she has defended consumers, promoted American competitiveness and innovation, fought for access to health care for families and children, protected the environment, and encouraged development of clean energy technology.
Two examples of her exemplary advocacy include public safety communications and homeowner rights. As a Ranking Member of the powerful House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Rep. Eshoo led a charge in the House to create America’s first nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network and to appropriate significant funding for Next Generation 9-1-1 technology that would address critical gaps identified following 9/11. In the wake of the nation’s housing crisis which put extraordinary strain on the California housing market, Rep. Eshoo created consensus around inclusion of a “Homeowner Bill of Rights” in the 50-State Settlement-a $25 billion settlement for mortgage servicing abuses perpetrated by the largest servicers. In addition to guaranteeing a single point of contact for borrowers seeking information about their loans, these new borrower safeguards put an end to “dual tracking,” a practice in which borrowers are foreclosed upon even as they negotiate the terms of a modification.
Rep. Eshoo was born in New Britain, Connecticut, of Assyrian and Armenian heritage. She is the proud mother of two children, Karen and Paul. Eshoo is a graduate of Cañada College and the CORO Foundation. She was awarded an Honorary Degree by Menlo College and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1982. She served on the County Board for ten years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.