Nita Lowey, U.S. Representative for New York

Nita Lowey

U.S. Representative for New York

Nita Sue Melinkoff Lowey was born in July 1937 in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Mount Holyoke College. She entered the political arena working on a campaign for Mario Cuomo. She served as the assistant secretary of state of New York for 13 years.

She has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since January 1999.

She is married to Stephen Lowey, an attorney, and they have three children and eight grandchildren. She is Jewish.

In the News…

Members of the House Appropriations Committee advanced an amendment to a multi-billion-dollar spending bill under consideration that would restore millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians that was cut by the Trump Administration two years ago.  Representative Nita Lowey of New York, Chairwoman of that committee, proposed the amendment for $255 million in aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It passed in the committee by voice vote.

The amendment calls for aid to be delivered directly to nongovernmental organizations for humanitarian and developmental assistance.

“What we can do is ensure that life-saving, critically-needed assistance is not politicized by our administration or the PA [Palestinian Authority] and that it is delivered through trusted NGOs [non-governmental organizations] directly to the Palestinian people,” she said during the bill’s mark-up.

“In so doing we can ensure that the United States regains our position as defender of stability and peace in an area of the world about which we all care so passionately. That’s all my amendment seeks to do.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Lowey today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Nita Lowey
Representative for New York
2365 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


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