Our Honorary ChairsMember, U.S. House of Representatives, NY
Congressman Joseph Crowley was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 1998 to represent the Bronx- and Queens-based Seventh Congressional District.
Following in the footsteps of his late uncle Walter Crowley, a former New York City Councilman, Congressman Crowley has dedicated his life to serving the people of the Bronx and Queens. After graduating from Queens College, Joseph Crowley won a seat to the New York State Assembly in 1986 at the age of 24 and served in Albany until 1998.
In November of 1998, Assemblyman Joseph Crowley was elected to the 106th Congress to represent the Seventh Congressional District of New York. The district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, including the communities of Co-op City, Soundview, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park, Van Nest, Allerton, Parkchester, Throggs Neck, City Island, and Silver Beach in the Bronx, as well as Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and College Point in Queens.
In January 2003, Congressman Crowley was selected to serve in the Democratic House Leadership in the prestigious position of Chief Deputy Whip, making him the highest-ranking New York Member in the caucus party leadership. Congressman Crowley uses his seat at the leadership table to promote sound policies to improve public education, make healthcare more affordable, and protect Social Security for working families in the Bronx and Queens. Congressman Crowley has consistently worked and will continue to work with his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus to promote the Democratic agenda.
In Washington, Congressman Crowley serves on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Committee on Ways and Means was established in 1789 and is the sole Committee responsible in both the House and the Senate for the origination of tax and revenue measures. Today, this pivotal panel oversees revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements and the national debt of the United States, in addition to revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare and other federal assistance programs. Congressman Crowley serves on the subcommittees on Trade and Oversight. On the Trade subcommittee, Rep. Crowley can shape sound policies that stimulate the U.S. economy and job market through trade with other countries. The Subcommittee on Oversight provides Congressman Crowley with a forum to scrutinize the Administration’s tax and health care policies, as well as promote a fair tax code, expanded health care coverage and legislation to help working families.
As a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Congressman has advocated for the most diverse community in the United States, promoting stronger ties between the United States and India, taking an active role in the Middle East Peace Process, establishing greater EU-US ties and developing a more robust U.S. foreign policy. Having a front row seat in the war on terror, the Congressman has worked on the International Relations Committee to promote strong U.S. policy to crack down on terrorist financing, support regional partners and work to give the United States Department of State the tools needed in this global challenge.
As one of his first accomplishments in Congress, Congressman Crowley won a rare victory for a freshman member in passing his amendment to appropriate $25 million for the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve the health of over one million women and children in developing nations. The influential Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call said, “(Congressman) Crowley has gained respect from his caucus for coalition-building and legislative know-how,” and that he “showed off his ability to work across partisan lines to round up votes for an amendment … reinstating United Nations family planning funds.” Congressman Crowley was recognized for his leadership on women’s health, domestic and international family planning by Population Action International, Population Connection, and the Global Health Council. Since 1999, Congressman Crowley has continued to be the leader in funding the UN Population Fund, and has successfully passed legislation at the International Relations Committee to improve the lives of women and children in the developing world.
As the US Congress has debated immigration reform, Congressman Crowley has emerged as a leading proponent of a comprehensive plan that secures our borders along with providing a guest worker program and a pathway to citizenship for the 10 to 12 million undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Having served six years on the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Crowley has been recognized for his expertise on competitiveness issues and support of New York’s largest employment sector, financial services. He has been part of the policy formulation of legislation affecting foreign investment in the United States, terrorism risk insurance, affordable housing, consumer credit reporting and data privacy.
In his eight years in Congress, Congressman Crowley has earned a reputation as a fighter for working families in the Bronx and Queens. He has passed legislation for critical funding to lower public school class sizes, expand healthcare programs and bring more money home to New York City post 9/11 to protect our neighborhoods, people and infrastructure.
On October 2001, Congressman Crowley authored the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act. Both the House and the Senate passed it unanimously. The legislation called for a special Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to be awarded to rescue workers who perished while responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. On September 9, 2005, four years after 9/11, Congressman Crowley was present at a ceremony on the south lawn of the White House as President George W. Bush presented this award to the families of 442 firefighters, police officers and emergency workers who gave their lives.
As the only Member of Congress to lose a relative because of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Congressman Crowley has emerged as a leading voice in fighting terrorism. He turned his anger into legislative energy in drafting a 110-page report identifying New York City’s homeland security needs. In May 2002, Congressman Crowley issued a report to the White House on New York City’s Homeland Security requirements. He recommended a wide range of initiatives and funding for the City, which he comprehensively outlined in the report. The report stated that the federal government must make New York City a top priority when it allocates funds for homeland security initiatives. Among the recommendations was a system to target more homeland security dollars to cities at the greatest risk such as New York. In recently passed legislation, Congressman Crowley’s idea has become law through the creation of the High Threat Urban Area Account Program now re-named the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). This program has brought over $410 million to help make New York City safer.
Congressman Crowley’s goals for New Yorkers include increasing education funding to allow New York to rebuild and rehabilitate its aging schools, protecting Social Security from plans to privatize it, creating strong job opportunities for all New Yorkers, and developing a workable prescription drug plan for seniors on Medicare.
Congressman Crowley is married to the former Kasey Nilson of Montana. Congressman and Mrs. Crowley and their children Cullen, Kenzie Louise and Liam reside in Woodside, New York.