Jackie Speier Bio
  • Name: Jackie Speier
  • Birthday (Date of Birth): May 14, 1950
  • Place of Birth: San Francisco, California
  • State: California
  • Position: House
  • Also Worked As: San Mateo County Supervisor, California, State Assembly, California State Senator
  • College: University of California, Davis
  • Took Office in: 2008*
  • Party Affiliation: Democratic
  • Biography: Jackie Speier was born in 1950 in San Francisco and grew up in an apolitical, working-class family. Her mother, Nancy (Kanchelian), was Armenian American, and her father, Fred Speier, was the son of a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Speier took Jacqueline as her confirmation name after Jackie Kennedy. She is a graduate of Mercy High School in Burlingame, which is where her daughter attended as a freshman in the 2008–2009 school year. She earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1976.
    Speier's first husband, Dr. Steve Sierra, died in a car accident in 1994 at the age of 53. At the time, she was two months pregnant with their second child, a daughter named Stephanie. They also had a son, Jackson Kent, to whom Speier gave birth in 1988 while she was serving as a member of the California State Assembly, the first woman in that legislature to do so. Speier then supported her children as a widowed single mother before marrying Barry Dennis, an investment consultant, in 2001.

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