Congresswoman Doris Matsui has represented the city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas since 2005. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she serves on the Health, Communications & Technology, Environment, and Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection subcommittees. She is committed to strengthening Sacramento’s flood protection, ensuring quality, affordable health care for all, promoting a clean energy economy, and creating a vibrant region where families can live, work, and play.
Sitting at the confluence of two rivers, the Sacramento area has one of the highest flood risks in the country. Congresswoman Matsui is a stalwart champion for increased flood protection, levee improvements and keeping flood insurance rates affordable. She is at the forefront of the effort to build the Joint Federal Project at Folsom Dam, a $1 billion project that is a model of cooperation and efficiency. She also fights to preserve the region’s water rights and resources within the ongoing Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Congresswoman Matsui passionately works to increase public transportation options in Sacramento. She is engaged in the planning and execution of an intermodal transportation center in downtown Sacramento, was instrumental in securing federal funds to extend Sacramento’s light rail system, and is a leading proponent and has helped secure critical federal resources for a streetcar system linking Sacramento and West Sacramento.
She has worked tirelessly to improve access to high quality health care in Sacramento and across the nation. Through her committee work, Congresswoman Matsui helped author the Affordable Care Act, and she continues to advocate for access to high quality health care services. She is a champion in Congress for improving our nation’s mental health care system, and secured passage of landmark bipartisan legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which provides $1 billion to strengthen the mental health safety net.
Congresswoman Matsui has been a leader in Congress on promoting policies which address the effects of a changing climate, serving as a co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). She has authored a number of legislative proposals aimed at boosting clean energy manufacturing and financing to help smaller clean energy companies grow and create jobs. Thanks in large part to her efforts, the Sacramento region has been transforming into a clean-tech capitol, with over 200 companies in the region.
Congresswoman Matsui is also a leader on technology and telecom policy. She is a leading proponent of net neutrality and ensuring access to the free and open Internet, authoring legislation that would prohibit so-called Internet fast lanes from harming consumers, small businesses and innovators. As the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional High Tech Caucus, she advocates for policies to expand the innovative use of technology across every sector of the economy. She also is an ardent supporter of advancing STEM education, especially for women and girls.
During the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Matsui was elected by her peers to serve as a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. As co-chair, she worked closely with the 88 women Members of the House to advance issues that matter most to women in the United States. In addition, she chaired the Democratic Women’s Working Group, which advocates for an economic agenda for women and families.
After growing up on a farm in California’s Central Valley, Congresswoman Matsui met her husband, the late Congressman Bob Matsui, while attending the University of California at Berkeley. During President Clinton’s first term in office, she served as one of eight members of the President’s transition board. She later served for six years as Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Congresswoman Matsui currently serves as a Member of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian, on the Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is on the Board of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Congresswoman Matsui has a son Brian Matsui and a daughter-in-law Amy Matsui. She has two grandchildren, Anna and Robby.