DeLauro, a Democrat who has served as the U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s Third District since 1991, grew up in the rough and tumble of New Haven politics. Both of her parents were elected as Democrats to the city’s Board of Aldermen and plied their trade in much the same way that past generations of ward politicians had done: doing favors, finding jobs for constituents, keeping their fingers on the pulse of the local community. Out of that experience DeLauro developed a concern for the underdog and a commitment to retail politics. In The Least Among Us, which combines backward-looking memoir with forward-facing prescriptions, DeLauro argues that, with inequality growing and newly arrived immigrants struggling in U.S. cities, old-school Democratic politics has much to offer. Should the Democrats recapture the House of Representatives in 2018, DeLauro’s mix of sharp intelligence, skilled partisan instincts, and long-term legislative experience will make her a key player. Readers who want to know how the winds might shift in Washington could do worse than to learn how DeLauro understands politics.
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