Howard L. Berman, U.S. Rep. (D-CA)
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Howard L. Berman attended U.C.L.A., where he received his B.A. in 1962 and his LL.B. in 1965. After graduating from law school, Berman began his career in public service with a year\'s work as a VISTA volunteer. From 1967 until 1973, he practiced law in Los Angeles, specializing in labor relations, and was elected to the California State Assembly in 1973. In his first term, Berman was named Assembly Majority leader, the youngest person ever to serve in that leadership capacity. He also served as Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus and the Policy Research Management Committee of the Assembly. In 1982, Berman was elected to Congress where he was named to the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees. Congressman Berman is the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, meaning he is the most senior Democrat serving on the committee. As the second highest ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Berman plays a key role in shaping the copyright, trademark, and patent laws that are of vital importance to the entertainment, biotechnology, broadcasting, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, consumer electronics, and information technology industries. Berman is a member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. Berman is particularly well-known for his ability to form bipartisan coalitions. Together with Republican Henry Hyde, Berman wrote a law authorizing embargoes on nations that support terrorism. With Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, he wrote amendments to the False Claims Act that have saved over $20 billion in taxpayer money since 1986. Congressman Berman and his wife, Janis Gail Berman, have two daughters, Brinley and Lindsey.