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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

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February 4, 2020 In The News

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers – all women – strutted into the House chamber this evening wearing white to send a message to President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. The Democratic Women's Caucus in the House organized the effort. The color choice honors the women's suffrage movement that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Rep.

February 2, 2020 In The News

Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave. But they disagree on how to do it. U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on the best approach. Congress is diving into the issue as polls show that most Americans support paid family and medical leave for all workers.

January 22, 2020 Press Release

Detroit, MI – Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement in recognition of the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision providing women with reproductive freedom:


On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that allowed women to determine their own reproductive fate. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the country, allowing all women to make an informed decision on the reproductive health care they deserve.


January 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DCToday, the Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Representatives Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Vice Chairs Representatives Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement after the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on January 15th.


December 30, 2019 In The News

Who run the world?  From Serena Williams and Johanna Konta, to Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 2019 has seen countless women stand up and speak their truth in the name of feminism. We’ve smashed taboos, united to end violence against women, made history (again!), refused to conform, and called out misogyny wherever and whenever possible. 3) Democrats wear white in solidarity with suffragettes.

December 11, 2019 In The News

Two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), on Wednesday were among the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) members who marched to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. They hand-delivered a letter signed by 84 congresswomen demanding that the Kentucky Republican take up bipartisan legislation, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Raise the Wage Act, which have already passed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) will lead a march to the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hand deliver a letter with the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) and the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). The letter urges Senator McConnell to act on House-passed legislation that benefits women and their families.


November 27, 2019 In The News

The president this week signed into law a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) directing the U.S. Treasury Department to mint and issue up to 400,000 $1 silver coins commemorating the women who played a vital role in rallying support for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I am honored that President Trump signed the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act into law this afternoon,” Rep. Stefanik said on Monday following the signing ceremony at the White House. Rep. Stefanik in April sponsored H.R. 2423 with lead original cosponsor U.S. Rep.

November 26, 2019 Event

Please join Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence as she hosts a Facebook live event to discuss the high maternal mortality rates affecting women across America.


  • Dr. Felix Valbuena, M.D.- CEO, Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center
  • Dr. Patricia Ferguson, M.D.- OB/GYN, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Consultant 


November 12, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act today celebrated the unanimous passage of the legislation out of the Committee on House Administration. The bill next heads to the House floor. Rep. Maloney introduced the bill on March 28, 2019 with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).  “With the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum – the first comprehensive women’s history museum in the country – we can finally tell the other half of our nation’s story,” said Rep. Maloney.