22 Facts About Zoe Lofgren


Susan Ellen "Zoe" Lofgren is an American lawyer and politician serving as a US representative from California.


Zoe Lofgren has long served on the House Judiciary Committee, and has chaired the House Administration Committee since the beginning of the 116th Congress.


Zoe Lofgren was the 16th district's first female US representative, before part of the district was redistricted into the 19th congressional district.


Zoe Lofgren attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, and while in high school, Zoe Lofgren was a member of the Junior State of America, a student-run political debate, activism, and student governance organization.


In 1994, Zoe Lofgren entered a six-way Democratic primary in what was then the 16th district, when Edwards retired after 32 years in Congress.


Zoe Lofgren serves on the Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.


In 2009, Lofgren was appointed and served as an impeachment manager in the impeachment trial of Judge Samuel B Kent.

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In 2010, Zoe Lofgren was appointed and served as an impeachment manager in the impeachment trial of Judge Thomas Porteous.


In February 2013, Zoe Lofgren became one of the sponsors of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act to expedite open access to taxpayer-funded research.


In May 2016, Zoe Lofgren was publicly reprimanded during a House Judiciary Committee hearing after calling witness Gail Heriot of the United States Commission on Civil Rights an "ignorant bigot" because Heriot's written testimony before the hearing had suggested that calling oneself a female does not cause one to be a female.


In January 2020, Zoe Lofgren was selected as one of seven impeachment managers who presented the impeachment case against President Donald Trump during his first trial before the United States Senate.


Zoe Lofgren criticized the European Commission's decision to fine Google $2.7 billion in 2017 over alleged anti-competitive behavior, arguing that the fine was "unfair to the US companies participating in European markets".


In 2021, Zoe Lofgren opposed a series of bipartisan proposals aiming to "break up" Big Tech companies through antitrust enforcement.


In 2022, Zoe Lofgren was one of 16 Democrats to vote against the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.


Zoe Lofgren has routinely voted for bills that would expand renewable energy investments.


Zoe Lofgren believes that a clean energy infrastructure is required to curb the effects of climate change.


In 2018, Zoe Lofgren co-sponsored the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act.


Zoe Lofgren is a member of the Medicare for All Caucus and co-sponsored the legislation introduced by Representative John Conyers in 2017.


Zoe Lofgren rescinded her sponsorship of a similar bill introduced by Representative Pramila Jayapal in 2019, arguing that the bill's two-year timeline was not feasible.


Zoe Lofgren continues to support a public option for health insurance, and 2021 co-sponsored Jayapal's bill to lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60.


Zoe Lofgren is a supporter of net neutrality policies to prevent internet service providers from engaging in data discrimination.


Zoe Lofgren's daughter, Sheila Collins, is a corporate counsel at Google.