Chaka Fattah

Chaka Fattah
Representative (D-PA-02)
U.S. Congress

Congressman Chaka Fattah is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for setting spending priorities for over $1 trillion in annual discretionary funds. Congressman Fattah serves on three subcommittees: the Subcommitee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS), the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies, and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Fattah is also Chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus, a bipartisan group of Members representing America's metropolitan centers.  These Members work collaboratively with other stakeholders to address the unique challenges facing America's urban communities.

Chaka Fattah is serving in his 11th term in the U. S. House of Representatives.  Before his election to United States Congress in 1994, Fattah served six years as a Representative in the State House followed by six years as a State Senator.

In May of 1986, Congressman Fattah earned a Master’s degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government.

Fattah is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including 10 honorary doctorates and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.  Time Magazine named Fattah one of the 50 most promising leaders in the country.

In 1984 Fattah attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he received a certificate in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

The Congressman is married to Renee’ Chenault-Fattah and has four children. Mrs. Fattah is a lawyer and TV News Anchor.  Congressman Fattah and his family are long-time members of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.  An avid golfer, Congressman Fattah is also a bike enthusiast.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 24, 2016

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