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Congressman Fortney 'Pete' Stark, a Democrat, has served in the U.S. Congress since 1973 as a representative of the 13th Congressional District of California. A senior member of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, Stark was Chairman of theHouse Subcommittee on Health between 1985 and 1994 and since the 2006 elections, once again Chairman of the Subcommittee.

Stark was a successful businessman and banker before being elected to Congress in 1972. Upon entering Congress, he served on the House Committee on Banking and Currency. After completing his second term, Stark was named to the Ways and Means Committee, whose scope includes taxes, Medicare, Social Security, trade and public assistance.

In January of 1985, Stark became the Chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. While Chairman, he presided over major reforms in the Medicare system.

Stark is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in engineering and the University of California, Berkeley with a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA).

In 1963, he founded Security National Bank in Walnut Creek which grew from a small storefront operation to a $100 million financial institution with branches in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Stark sold his interest in the bank after his election to Congress.

Before his business career, Stark served in the U.S. Air Force. His other civic activities have included: Director, Common Cause; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Starr King School of Ministry; Board Member, Housing Development Corporation; Board Member, Council for Civic Unity, and many others.

Stark has four daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren. He is married to Deborah Roderick Stark of San Lorenzo.


Iraq War Von-vote

On March 23, 2007 Stark voted "present" on the bill to fund the War in Iraq while imposing a timetable for exiting the unnecessary and unwinnable Republican war. Stark explained that he could not vote for a bill that continued to fund the war and could not oppose a bill that finally set a deadline for withdrawing Americans. Source: Edward Epstein. "House Rewards Pelosi's Tenacity on Iraq Timetable." San Francisco Chronicle. March 24, 2007. News Report



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This page was last modified 14:47, 26 August 2007 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) BartFraden, Allamakee Democrat, DakotaGypsy and Pandora. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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