Yvette Diane Clarke(Dem)
Telephone:202-225-6231 (Main phone number)
Telephone:718-940-2008 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate education: Oberlin College
Yvette Clarke was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to parents who emigrated from the Caribbean. She gravitated to politics at a young age, winning a congressional internship while studying at Oberlin College.
She served as an aide to several politicians and worked for a Bronx economic development agency before winning election to the New York City Council in 2001. She won re-election twice.
Clarke was elected to the U.S. House in 2006.
She is single.
Yvette Clark is outraged by the numbers: In 2011, close to 700,000 people were stopped on the streets of New York by the police, the vast majority blacks and Hispanics found to have done nothing wrong.
Clark has been vocal in her criticism of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy and has been part of efforts to denounce it, including a silent march down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue in June 2012.
She was elected to Congress in 2006 after a bruising, racially charged primary battle for New York's historically black 11th District.
City Councilman David Yassky fueled racial tensions that election year when he moved into the district to run for the seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Major Owens. Yassky's bid raised the possibility of white representation in the district where Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman in Congress in 1968.
Clarke prevailed in the 2006 primary by garnering support from the Caribbean community and a powerful health care workers union. Many of the union's members are nurses and home aides from the Caribbean.
Clarke is active in her role as ranking member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on emerging threats, cybersecurity and science and technology. On the Small Business Committee, she has advocated for businesses run by women, minorities and veterans.
She came under investigation by a House ethics panel in early 2010 for corporate-sponsored trips she and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. The panel admonished Rep. Charles Rangel for the trips but exonerated Clarke and four others, who were all told to reimburse the cost of the trips.
Clarke is carrying on a storied family tradition with her success in politics. Her mother, Una, was the first Caribbean-born person elected to the New York City Council. Her mother ran for the 11th District seat in 2000, but lost to Owens.
Committee Assignments: Small Business; Homeland Security
American Conservative Union Rating: 8
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 100
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 91% (2010), 93% (2008), 90% (2006).
(Last updated by Deepti Hajela on July 18, 2012.)