Robert Wexler

Robert Wexler is a Democratic member of Congress serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives. His book, Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress, was published by Thomas Dunne Books.

Wexler has been named one of the "50 Most Effective Legislators in Congress" by Congressional Quartlery. Following the 2000 Presidential election controversy in Florida, Congressman Wexler has led the effort to ensure that all election machines produce a voter verified "paper trail". Wexler's legislative initiatives have covered a broad range of issues such as several health care initiatives including a prescription drug plan, enhanced benefits for veterans, equity for "Notch Babies" and increased funding for public schools.

Congressman Robert Wexler has become a familiar face through his many TV appearances, including Meet the Press, The Today Show, Larry King Live, and Nightline. He has discussed a range of domestic and international issues, including the Middle East, North Korea, health care, missile defense, energy policy, the environment, counter-terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Fire Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress

by Robert Wexler with David Fisher

The House of Representatives was never intended to be non-partisan, but arguably never before in our history has it been run in such a partisan manner. For the last decade under Republican domination and the rule of Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay, Democrats have been excluded almost completely from the legislative process. The ensuing reality is that our government doesn't work at all the way we have been taught - when it even does.

Fire Breathing Liberal is the inside story of Congress as seen through the events of the last decade. Using his own experiences as well as relating stories of Democratic colleagues who have fought the Republicans, Robert Wexler tells the whole truth about congress, an institution damaged by partisan politics, and proposes a radical transformation.

Interwoven in Wexler’s personal and political stories are some close up looks at high profile figures he has known, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Al Gore, Colin Powell, John McCain, Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris and more.

Published in Current Events