Karen Lorraine Jacqueline "Jackie" Speier (born May 14, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 12th District from 2008 to 2013, includes the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and the southwest quarter of San Francisco. She represents much of the territory that had been represented by her political mentor, Leo Ryan.
She is also a former member of the California State Senate who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. On April 8, 2008, she won the special election for the vacated United States House of Representatives seat of late Congressman Tom Lantos.
She married Dr. Steven Sierra, an emergency room doctor, in 1987. They had a son Jackson Kent, born in 1988 while she was serving as a member of the California State Assembly. Her husband died in a car accident in 1994 at the age of 53. At the time, Jackie was two months pregnant with their second child, a daughter she named Stephanie...
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