Pete Stark on recovery package health provisions

Here’s Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, at a Capitol news conference after yesterday’s markup of the economic stimulus package, speaking about funding for health information technology as well as extensions and subsidies for health coverage for the unemployed:

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Congressional Term Limits Now!

    Just like the beloved George Miller, Stark has been there WAY too long.

  • ted ford

    According to Wikipedia, Pete Stark used to run a bank in Walnut Creek. His first race was against George Miller’s father. Stark was then a Republican. Stark is a graduate of MIT and Haas Business School which is impressive. He is 78 and Congress’ only openly avowed Atheist. Silicon Valley has so many brilliant (and rich) young people. Someone should run against Stark.

    “Today Stark is the longest-serving member of Congress from California. Ironically, Stark ran against George P. Miller, “For Miller being in Washington – too long, elected in 1944.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Stark

  • Guy Bjerke

    Congressman George Miller’s father was our State Senator and died in 1969.

  • ted ford

    that’s right. Stark ran against George Miller (the elder) in the 1960’s. Stark will be 80 years old this next election cycle. Is there an heir apparent for this seat?