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BPC’s J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy Welcomes Reps. Blunt Rochester and Garbarino to its Honorary Congressional Council

Washington, DC— BPC’s J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy is excited to announce two new members of its Honorary Congressional Council: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY).

“I want to extend a big welcome to Reps. Blunt Rochester and Garbarino as they join our Congressional Council,” said Dennis Shea, the center’s executive director. “The affordable housing crisis is felt in nearly every community in the country and effectively responding to this challenge demands bipartisanship. We are grateful to Reps. Blunt Rochester and Garbarino for sharing their considerable expertise and experience as we identify and advance bipartisan solutions.”

Other members of the Council include Reps. Mike Levin (D-CA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Todd Young (R-IN). Each member of the council is committed to championing housing policies through bipartisanship.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – Rep. Blunt Rochester began her career as a caseworker for then-Congressman Tom Carper and helped people during challenging times with various benefits claims and their housing needs. In 2016, she made history when she was elected to Congress as she became the first woman and the first person of color to represent Delaware. She currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and as an Assistant Whip for House Democrat Leadership. Rep. Blunt Rochester has established a reputation for her commitment to bipartisanship and housing affordability and is an original cosponsor of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act and introduced the Housing Supply and Affordability Act in the 117th Congress.

Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) – Rep. Garbarino has represented New York’s 2nd Congressional District since 2021. Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Garbarino served four terms in the New York State Assembly. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Rep. Garbarino has demonstrated a commitment to both veterans’ housing and increasing the supply of housing across the country. He is an original sponsor of several housing bills like the Return Home to Housing Act and the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act.

The J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy is committed to an America where every family has access to a safe, decent, and affordable home. The center looks forward to working with the Honorary Congressional Council and other members of Congress to advance this critical objective.

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