Anne Meagher Northup served the Third Congressional District of Kentucky, representing the Louisville district in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1997-2006. Before her tenure in Congress, Northup served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for nine years, from 1987-1996.
Soon after taking office in 1997, Northup was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, the committee that considers all federal spending bills. She sat on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Independent Agencies; and Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittees.
Throughout her tenure in Congress, Northup was recognized for her straightforward, honest style in taking on tough issues. She is a pro-trade, pro-economic expansion Republican focused on issues that create a better environment for competition, growth, and worldwide commerce. She is a proponent of permanent tax relief for all American taxpayers, expanding affordable health insurance, cutting red-tape and making sure government programs are measured based on results.
Congresswoman Northup is the recipient of numerous legislative awards. In 2003, she received the prestigious “Adam Smith Award,” which is presented annually to one federal elected official who exhibits an exemplary commitment to economic freedom.
Congresswoman Northup has been an aggressive advocate for education reform. In March 1998, she founded the House Reading Caucus, a bipartisan caucus that raises awareness about the growing number of children who are failing to learn to read. She introduced legislation commissioning the National Reading Panel, the findings of which were incorporated into the “Reading First Initiative” of the 2001 No Child Left Behind education law.
Additionally, Congresswoman Northup was a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and was an instrumental proponent of legislation promoting adoption. As co-chair of the coalition in 2002, Northup traveled to China to work on eliminating the growing bureaucratic obstacles between the United States and China that were threatening to reduce the number of Chinese orphans available to American families for adoption. In 2003, Northup introduced legislation that resulted in extended paperwork deadlines for families adopting children from China who were impacted by delays due to the SARS epidemic. Northup and her husband are the parents of two adopted children.
In February 2005, Northup was elected by a committee of her Republican House colleagues to chair the GOP’s Retirement Security Public Affairs Team. As chairman of the group, Northup was front and center in the effort to strengthen Social Security for younger generations of American workers.
Congresswoman Northup has been highlighted by the national press for her pragmatic approach to public policy and her ability to effectively communicate the priorities of Congress. She has appeared on such shows as Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Larry King Live, CNN & Co., The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Hardball with Chris Matthews and Lou Dobbs.
Congresswoman Northup graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business. She has served for years on community boards, is a recipient of numerous civic awards, and is an active community volunteer. She is a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and has been married to “Woody” Northup, a small business owner, for over 37 years. Together, the Northups have six children.
Member, U.S. Helsinki Commission
Member, Speaker’s Prescription Drug Action Team
Member, Free Trade Working Group
Member, World Trade Organization Congressional Advisory Group
Chairwoman, Speaker’s Task Force on Education
Member, Speaker’s Drug Free Task Force
CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS/TASK FORCE/ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
House Reading Caucus, Founder and Co-Chair
Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Republican Israel Caucus
Missing & Exploited Children Caucus
African Trade and Investment Caucus
Medical Malpractice Crisis Task Force
Community Service Recognition Award - Louisville Defender Newspaper
Adam Smith Award - BIPAC
Legislator of the Year - NOISE (National Organization to Insure a Sound-controlled Environment)
Silver Anchor Award - Friends of the Waterfront
Hero of the Taxpayer - Americans for Tax Reform
Super Friend of Seniors - 60 Plus Association
Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award
Congressional Partnership Award - National Association of Development Organizations
John Thompson Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award
Citizen of the Year Award - Optimist Club of Louisville
Literacy Leadership Award - Kentucky Reading Association
Legislative Achievement in Economic Development - Southern Economic Development Council
Small Business Advocate - Small Business Survival Committee
Defender of Religious Freedom - Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
Rolapp Award - American Horse Council
Housing Hero Award - National Association of Home Builders
Retail Champion - National Retail Federation
Bulldog Award - Watchdogs of the Treasury
Friend of the Farm Bureau - American Farm Bureau Federation
Jefferson Award - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Senior Legislative Achievement Award - The Seniors Coalition
Guardian of Small Business Award - National Federation of Independent Business
Spirit of Enterprise Award - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Community Healthcare Champion Award - National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.
First Gethsemane Baptist Church Leading Ladies Award
Legislator of the Year - Association of Equipment Distributors
Congressional Award - Susan B. Anthony
Public Policy Advocate of the Year - National Association of Women Business Owners
Legislator of the Year - National Beer Wholesalers Association
Advocate for the Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Students - American Printing House for the Blind
Legislator of the Year - The Environmental Industry Association
Outstanding Freshman Member of Congress - National Industries for the Blind