Carole Migden

Rep. Jackie Speier doesn't mince words

Rep. Jackie Speier doesn't mince words

WASHINGTON — Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails.

Speier, more than most in Congress, does not get intimidated when talking bluntly to Pentagon brass. She has faced tough times before: She was left for dead on the tarmac of an airfield in Guyana during a fact-finding mission 36 years ago, when followers of cult leader Jim Jones killed the congressman she was working for and hit her with five bullets.

Since being elected to Congress in 2008, after two decades in the Legislature, the 63-year-old Democrat...

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