Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will visit the campus on Thursday, Oct. 24, under the auspices of the Chubb Fellowship at Timothy Dwight College.
DeLauro will give the fall 2019 Chubb Fellowship lecture at 5:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will also be livestreamed on Yaleâ€™s YouTube channel.
DeLauro, a Democrat, has represented the stateâ€™s Third Congressional District since 1991. The district includes New Haven and neighboring suburbs. She serves in the Democratic leadership as co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees the nationâ€™s investments in education, health, and employment. She also serves on the subcommittee responsible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she oversees food and drug safety.
An advocate for Americaâ€™s working families, DeLauroâ€™s priorities have included strengthening the economy, creating middle class jobs, raising the nationâ€™s minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and equal pay for equal work, among other causes.
DeLauro supports tax cuts for working and middle class families, and introduced the Young Child Tax Credit to provide tax relief to millions of families. In addition, she has fought to stop trade agreements that lower wages and transfer jobs overseas, while also protecting the rights of employees and unions. She introduced legislation to create a National Infrastructure bank.
The congresswoman has also been an advocate for improving and expanding federal support for child nutrition and modernizing the food safety system, and has fought against special interest groups â€” like the tobacco and e-cigarette industries â€” in the interest of public health and safety. She is a supporter and protector of the Affordable Care Act, and also works to increase support for education and make college affordable for more American students and their families. She has been a supporter of biomedical research and of increasing funding to make possible breakthroughs in science and medicine, including in the area of womenâ€™s health. In addition, she has championed legislation in support of military veterans, including mental health screening and assistance for those choosing to pursue on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, DeLauro was chief of staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and was the first executive director of EMILYâ€™s List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office. She was also the executive director of Countdown â€™87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
The Chubb Fellowship was founded with a gift from Yale alumnus Hendon Chubb, and since 1949 has been one of Yaleâ€™s most prestigious honors conferred on visiting speakers. The Timothy Dwight College Head of College, currently Mary Lui, administers the fellowship, which is devoted to encouraging interest in public service. Chubb Fellows spend their time at Yale in close, informal contact with students and make an appearance open to the public. Former Chubb Fellows include Presidents Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush; authors Wendell Berry and Toni Morrison; actor Shah Rukh Khan; world leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; journalist Nicholas Kristoff; and many other nationally and internationally prominent citizens and leaders.