(1947 - )
Eliot L. Engel is a Jewish American politician who currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for New York.
Engel is a Democrat and represents the 17th
Congressional District covering areas of the Bronx and lower Westchester
County. He was first elected to Congress in November 1988.
Engel serves on the House Committee on Commerce. He has served
on the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Economic
and Educational Opportunities. He currently serves on the Commerce
Subcommittees on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and on
Finance and Hazardous Materials.
Congressman Engel is also a member of the Congressional Human Rights
Caucus, the Democratic Study Group on Health, and the Long Island Sound
Caucus. He co-chairs the Albanian Issues Caucus and is an Executive Board
Member of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs.
During his political career, Mr. Engel has authored landmark housing and
education legislation, led battles for increased funding in the war against
drugs, and is recognized as a leading advocate for improved mental health
services. As a member of Congress, he has written innovative bills dealing
with U.S. trade policy, education reform, and long-term health care. He was
the prime sponsor of the Congressional resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of
Israel, and he wrote the bill designating October as Italian American
Cultural and Heritage Month.
Congressman Engel was born in Bronx County on February 18, 1947. He grew
up in a city housing project and attended New York City public schools. In
1969, he graduated from Hunter-Lehman College with a B.A. in History and
received a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1973 from Herbert
H. Lehman College of the City University of New York. In 1987, he received
a law degree from New York Law School.
For the twelve years prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Engel served
in the New York State Legislature (Assemblyman, 1977-1988), where he
chaired the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, as well
as the Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama Housing. Prior to that, he was a
teacher and guidance counselor in the New York City public school system.
A life-long resident of the Bronx, Congressman Engel is married to
Patricia Ennis Engel. They have three children, Julia, Jonathan and Philip.
The 17th Congressional District covers areas of the Bronx, Yonkers, New
Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Pelham.
Sources: Congressman Elliot Engel