On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives impeached the President of the United States. Twenty-eight days later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named her seven House Impeachment Managers. This sets into motion only the third impeachment trial of a President in the history of the United States. So, it’s not an overstatement to say this these seven individuals have a historic task in front of them. So, who are they? Let’s get to each impeachment manager.
Adam Schiff – House Intelligence Committee Chairman (D-Cali.)
By now, any follower of American politics knows Adam Schiff. Chairman Schiff is the man who led the House Impeachment Inquiry. Adam is the bane of the GOP’s existence. Schiff is in his 10th term in Congress. He served as ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee for four years. Schiff the chair of that committee in 2019.
Adam Schiff majored in pre-med and political science at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1982. Schiff went onto receive his law degree from Harvard in 1985. Before being the face of the impeachment inquiries for Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schiff served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. There, Adam successfully prosecuted Richard Miller. Miller was an FBI agent caught passing documents to the Soviet Union. Schiff is more than an excellent choice for an impeachment manager by Pelosi.
Jerry Nadler – House Judiciary Committee Chairman (D-N.Y.)
Nadler is a co-manager of the impeachment managers (along with Adam Schiff). Chairman Nadler is responsible for the two articles of impeachment. Nadler served as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee for two years. He assumed the role of chairman in 2019. Jerry is in his 15th term as a member of Congress, where he has served three different constituencies. As a prosecutor, Jerry Nadler is one of the best the Democrats have to offer.
Nadler graduated from Columbia University in 1969. From there, he went onto serve in the New York Assembly from 1977 to 1992. Also, Nadler is not a stranger to impeachment. He gained notoriety during the Clinton impeachment. So, Chairman Nadler is familiar with the impeachment process and will be another exceptional impeachment manager.
Zoe Lofgren – D-Cali.
Congresswoman Lofgren is the most experienced impeachment manager. Lofgren was a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1998 during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Also, Lofgren assisted in drafting the Watergate charges in 1974. So, no impeachment manager knows impeachment like Zoe Lofgren.
Initially opposed to the impeachment of President Trump, Lofgren is in her 13th term in Congress. She received her B.A. from Stanford in 1970 and her Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1975. Lofgren also serves as the Chairwoman of the House Administration Committee. In a process that is likely to be emotionally fueled, Lofgren will be a calming presence.
Hakeem Jeffries – D-N.Y.
As an impeachment manager, Congressmen Jeffries is likely the designated wordsmith. Jeffries is always able to get his point across eloquently and forcefully. Furthermore, Hakeem is the 5th highest-ranking Democrat in the House, making him the highest-ranked impeachment manager. Suffice it to say, Speaker Pelosi has a lot of trust in the man many see as the future Democratic Speaker of the House. Jeffries was elected to Congress in 2013 and currently serves as the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.
Congressman Jeffries received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University, his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law, and has a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Before Congress, Hakeem served as a clerk for a judge in the Southern District of New York. Also, Jeffries worked on the litigation team of Viacom and CBS, which dealt with the mess that followed the Jackson-Timberlake halftime show.
Val Demings – D.Fla
Val Demings is the impeachment manager with the least prosecutorial experience, but she was the first woman to serve as the Chief of the Orlando Police Department. Still, serving in her first term in Congress, Congresswoman Demings is a rising star in the Democratic Party. Demings received her degree in Criminology from Florida State University and worked as a social worker for a year before working as a patrol officer on Orlando’s west side.
Jason Crow – D.Colo
Another freshman member of Congress, Jason Crow, has no shortage of experience as a prosecutor and as a patriot. Congressman Crow graduated from the University of Wisconsin for B.A. and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before getting his J.D., Crow served as a U.S. Army Ranger. He completed three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, including earning a Bronze Star as a platoon leader of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Sylvia Garcia – D-Texas
Congresswoman Garcia served as a state senator in Texas for six years before being elected to Congress in the Blue Wave of 2018 and, as a prosecutor, Garcia is one of the best of the impeachment managers. Sylvia graduated with a degree in social work from the Texas Woman’s University and received her J.D. from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Since then, Congresswoman Garcia’s political career is extensive.
In the 1980s, Garcia served as the presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. In 2002, Garcia became a member of the Harris County Commissioner’s Court until 2010. She won her seat in the Texas State Senate in 2013, where she served until moving to the House of Representatives.
There you have it. These are the seven Speaker Pelosi has put her trust in to lead the impeachment trial in the Senate. It is a diverse group in terms of experience, race, and ideologies. They have a tough task ahead of them. Speak McConnell has already signaled his desire to expedite the Senate trial, but these seven will not make it easy for him. Be sure to follow along with Side Spin Media throughout the process for the latest news and analysis.