Howard Berman

2014
Former Member
California State Assembly and United States Congress

The Honorable Howard Berman

Howard Berman was as a member of the California State Assembly from 1973 to 1983. In 1974, he became the youngest Majority Leader in the Assmebly’s history. Berman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1983, where he served until 2013. While in Congress, he served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as a member on both the Committee on the Judiciary and the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.

During his political career, Berman often focused on copyright and intellectual property laws, and on strengthening protections for the media and film industry against piracy violations. He was an integral actor in a number of related bills, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Pro IP Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Berman championed other causes during his political tenure as well, including immigration reform and tax credits aimed at reducing outsourcing in the American film industry.