Mary Rose Oakar

Mary Rose Oakar ( born March 5, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1977 to 1993 she was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 20th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


1962 closed Oakar her studies at Ursuline College with a Bachelor of Arts from. The Master followed in 1966 at John Carroll University. Finally, she taught at the Lourdes Academy, a Catholic high school for women. At Cuyahoga County Community College, she taught from 1968 to 1975. Between 1973 and 1976 she was a member of the City Council of Cleveland.

In the congressional elections in 1976 Oakar was chosen as representative of the 20th district in Congress U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first Democratic politician from Ohio in Congress. By the time Oakar was Arabic origin, dispatched to various committees and was able to strengthen its position in Congress. Through its membership in the committees flowed many agents in their hometown, have been used for urban renewal. From 1985 to 1989 she was Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman, thus a member of the leadership of the Democratic Party in Congress. 1991/92 she was involved in the House banking scandal. The 20th congressional district in 1992, incorporated in the 10th district, Oakar could indeed prevail in the primaries of their party, but had ultimately the Republicans Martin Hoke defeated. She pulled then back out of the political business. In 2000, she returned to the political scene back to be for a term of a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 2002 she retired from this again.

Currently, Oakar President of the American -Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee ( ACD) which is committed to the fight against discrimination against Arab- Americans.