Representative Marcy C. Kaptur

Kaptur was born in Toledo, Ohio, receiving a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1968 and a master of arts degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1974. Following post-graduate studies at MIT, Kaptur served on the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions and as director of planning for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs. She also served in the Carter administration as a domestic policy adviser.

She was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives and has served for thirteen successive Rep. Marcy C. Kapur Congresses, from 1983 to the present.

It was one of her constituents, Roger Durbin, who first suggested the creation of a World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Kaptur spearheaded the project and the memorial opened in 2004. Kaptur represented Ohio as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention and 2004 Democratic National Convention. She is widely considered to be one of the most distinguished and progressive members of Congress, serving on the House Appropriations Committee, the House Budget Committee, the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.