Joe represents New York’s 14th Congressional District in the United States Congress. The district, which includes his hometown community, spans across Queens and the Bronx and is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country.
Joe knows firsthand what it means to be a first-generation American from a working-class community. He grew up in a hard-working, middle-class family and graduated from Queens College, the pride of New York City’s public university system. Joe’s father was a New York City detective who put himself through law school at night and his mother, an immigrant from Ireland, worked to ensure Joe and his three siblings had even greater opportunities then she did.
Because Joe’s parents instilled in him a strong sense of family and community and a firm belief that America is a place of opportunity, he believes the federal government should lay a foundation for Americans to succeed. Throughout his time in public service, Joe has been on the side of working, middle-class families.
Joe’s legislative agenda puts children and families first. He has supported initiatives to make child care and higher education more affordable, and to invest in school infrastructure. For example, Joe has spearheaded a range of measures to strengthen STEM education programs for underrepresented minority communities; to help schools bear the cost of soundproofing and cleaning up toxic chemicals; and to keep physical education as part of a kid’s daily schooling, because he wants all children to have bright futures and be prepared for life in the 21st century. To support our communities, Joe has also secured millions of dollars to clean up graffiti, maintain after-school programs and keep cops on the beat throughout Queens and the Bronx.
Joe is also committed to keeping America’s economy strong. He has worked to reduce barriers to investment for small businesses and promote public-private partnerships that will foster American innovation and entrepreneurship. Aside from supporting ways to expand opportunities for American small businesses, Joe believes we must invest in U.S. workers from the start. He supports federal government investments in our public education system as well as maintaining support for job training programs, to ensure American workers are prepared to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.
Joe’s hard work and effective advocacy have made him a standout member in Congress. In 2016, he was elected by his colleagues Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, the fourth-highest ranking member in the House Democratic Leadership. Joe’s rise has just begun. His efforts to elect Democrats at every level of government, to secure the resources the party needs to compete and win, and to mentor and elevate his colleagues have positioned him as one of the few members ready, willing and able to move up the leadership ladder.
National Journal magazine said Joe is “in line” to move further up the ranks within the leadership of the party, and The Hill wrote “If Pelosi, Hoyer or Clyburn move on in the coming years, Crowley would be well-positioned to offer himself as a next-generation leader.”
On top of his key leadership post, Joe is also a member of the prestigious Committee on Ways and Means, where he is working to protect Social Security and Medicare, make health care more affordable, and reduce taxes for middle-class Americans and small businesses. And, he has been a leading voice against the Trump agenda. Joe spearheaded the call for Republicans who support repealing the Affordable Care Act to give up their own taxpayer-subsidized health care by declining enrollment in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, and continues to beat the drum on Republican hypocrisy and lack of positive vision.
Joe is married to Kasey Crowley, a registered nurse, and they have three children.