Last updated on: 8/25/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Henry A. Waxman, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (D-CA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“I am very pleased that our Committee is moving ahead rapidly with this markup of the Clean Sports Act of 2005…

This legislation is an effort to break the cycle of steroid use that endangers our children. Aspiring young athletes need to know that steroid use in the pros leads to suspension and expulsion, not home run records and adulation.

The tough standards in this legislation will reduce the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports. And in doing so, the legislation will reduce the use of these dangerous drugs by college and high-school athletes.

There is an absolute correlation between the culture of steroids in the major league clubhouse and the culture of steroids in high school gyms. If we can remove steroids from the clubhouse, we will fix the problems in school locker rooms…

Today’s legislation will help restore integrity to the sports we love. But most important, it will send a clear and direct message to teenagers: the use of performance-enhancing drugs is no ticket to athletic success.”

“Statement of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Government Reform Markup of the Clean Sports Act of 2005,” oversight.house.gov, May 26, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative (D-CA), 1975-2015
  • Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives, 2011-present
  • Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives, 2009-2010
  • Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, US House of Representatives, 2007-2008
  • Member, American Jewish Congress
  • Member, Guardians of the Jewish Home for the Aged
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, Congressional Children’s Working Group
  • Member, House Democratic Steering Committee
  • Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, US House of Representatives, 1997-2006
  • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives, 1995-1996
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives, 1979-1994
  • Former Chair, California State Assembly Health Committee, California State Assembly
  • Member, California State Assembly, 1968-1974
Education:
  • JD, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, 1964
  • BA, Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 1961
Other:
  • Co-Sponsor, Clean Sports Act of 2005 (H.R. 2565), May 24, 2005
  • Born on Sep. 12, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA
Quoted in:
  1. Do Teens Use Performance Enhancing Drugs to Emulate Their Professional Athlete Role Models?
  2. Should the US Congress Be Involved in Setting Drug Policies for Professional Sports?