Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a professional American politician who is best known as the first Jewish female congresswoman elected from Florida.
Born Deborah Wasserman, the Congresswoman began her journey into politics as the legislative assistant to Peter Deutsch, a veteran U.S. politician and former Florida representative from 1993 to 2005.
Biography of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The American political icon was born on September 27, 1966, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, the son of Ann and Larry Wasserman, an accountant. Debbie grew up with her brother Steven Wasserman in Lido Beach on Long Island.
However, her family, including Steven, who currently serves as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, moved to Melville in 1978.
After the move, Debbie enrolled at Half Hollow Hills High School East, which she graduated from in 1984. Later she went to the University of Florida at Gainesville for further education.
She studied political science at the university and graduated in 1988. Shortly after her first degree, Debbie enrolled for her second degree at the same university and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1990.
During his time at the prestigious educational institution, Wasserman was very active in student politics. From her emergence as President of the Student Senate to the formation of the Rawlings Area Council government, the respected politician made a name for herself with her political expertise and competence.
Debbie was also appointed as Vice President of UF College.
Democrats, Chairman of the Graduate Student Council, and as a member of the James C. Grimm Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
With these experiences under her belt, Wasserman was able to make it as a member of the Democratic Party and later, after graduating, as a member of the Florida Senate and House of Representatives.
Despite her social heyday and successful political career, Wasserman boasts a moderate net worth, estimated at about $1 million, which she claims she has built up from her annual salary and other efforts.
Debbie is the wife of Steve Schultz, a renowned American banker. The couple, who married in 1991, have been together as man and wife for over twenty-six years.
The two lovers and their three children (Rebecca Schultz, Jake Schultz, and Shelby Schultz) currently live in their $700,000 mansion in Weston, Florida.
Quick Facts about Debbie Wasserman Schultz
1. Debbie recently resigned from her position as Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after it was revealed that she had supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy during the last presidential campaign against Bernie Sanders’ presidential ambitions. The post was previously held by Saint Paul-born lawyer Tim Kaine.
2. Like her husband, the Congresswoman had her fair share of controversy and criticism.
3. Debbie is an active member of the proposed parenthood, Hadassah, and the National Jewish Democratic Council. She owes it to her wealth of experience that she belongs to these standard organizations.
4. She holds the record as the youngest female legislator to serve in the history of the state. Her term of office lasted eight years.
5. Throughout her political career, Wasserman has played an influential role in the amendment and implementation of many laws, including the Stop Online Privacy Act (2011), Stop Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act (2013), H.R. 4018, Emergency Economic Stabilisation Act (2008) and many others.
6. The Congresswoman won well-known politicians like Marc Luzietti, Bob Kunst, Karen Harrington, and Margaret Hosteller for a seat in Congress as a member of the Florida State Senate.
7. During the 2006 elections, Wasserman raised a whopping seven million dollars in campaign contributions for her Democratic colleagues.
8. In 2008, she underwent seven breast cancer-related surgeries. She made this shocking revelation in March 2009.
9. Debbie Wasserman’s mentor is none other than Peter Deutsch, whom she replaced during the Democratic primaries.
Award and Achievements
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been decorated severally with awards in recognition for her significant contribution to public service. Some of the awards she has walked home with include;
- Rosemary Barkett Award
- Quality Floridian Florida League of Cities (1994)
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (1995)
- The Young Turks Jerk of The Year (2016)
- Woman of the Year, AMIT (1994)
- One of Six Most Unstoppable Women, South Florida Magazine (1994)
- Outstanding Legislator of the year, Florida Federation of Business & Professional Women (1994)
- Crime Fighter of the Year Award, Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) (2008), and many more.