U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Public Service Leadership Award
The PCOS Challenge Public Service Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by an elected public official on issues of importance to PCOS patients and the scientific and medical communities.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 23rd District. She is Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional PCOS Caucus. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is an original cosponsor of the 2018 and 2019 resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives which recognize the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and express support for the designation of the month of September as “PCOS Awareness Month.”
Wasserman Schultz was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 and became Florida’s first Jewish Congresswoman. Prior to joining the U.S. Congress, she previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. Currently Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz serves as a Cardinal on the Appropriations Committee, making history as the first woman to Chair the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. In addition, she serves on the Homeland Security Subcommittee, as well as the Energy and Water Subcommittee.
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is a leading advocate for women and girls. She has a demonstrated ability to pass meaningful legislation in a bipartisan fashion. After announcing her own battle with breast cancer in 2009, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz introduced the EARLY Act, a piece of legislation designed to increase breast cancer education and awareness, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz also worked with Republican Congresswoman Renee Elmers to write and pass the PALS Act, which helps increase young women’s access to mammograms.
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz attended the University of Florida where she served as President of the Student Senate and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in 1990. She has been married to Steve Schultz for more than 20 years and together they have three children.
Wasserman Schultz has said that representing the people of Florida’s 23rd district is the greatest privilege of her professional life. A proud South Floridian who represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz resides with her family in Weston.