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Ellen O. Tauscher currently serves as the Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense and was sworn-in on February 7, 2012.
On June 27, 2009, Special Envoy Tauscher was sworn-in as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
Special Envoy Tauscher previously had represented California’s 10th Congressional District for 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes San Francisco’s suburbs in Contra Costa, Alameda Solano, and Sacramento counties. She was the only member of Congress to have two national defense laboratories, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia California, in her district. The district also includes Camp Parks Army Reserve facility and Travis Air Force Base, home of the 60th Air Mobility Wing.
She chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces since 2007 and she was a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She also chaired the New Democrat Coalition, a group of more than 60 centrist House Democrats.
Before winning a seat in Congress, Special Envoy Tauscher spent 14 years working on Wall Street. She was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and later served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.
Special Envoy Tauscher graduated from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.