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Congressional Autism Caucus



In 2001, U.S. Representatives Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA) founded the bi-partisan Autism Caucus. The Caucus, formally known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE), currently includes over 170 members from over 40 states. 

To see if your representative is a part of the Caucus, scroll down (representatives are listed by state). To visit the website for the House of Representatives, which will allow you to find the contact information for the representatives listed below and every other representative currently serving in the 108th Congress, click here.

Please note that every effort is made to ensure that the list below reflects current and accurate CARE membership. As interest in federal autism advocacy grows, additional Members of Congress lend support to the Coalition.

For the most up-to-date membership list, please call the offices Co-Chairmen Representatives Mike Doyle (202-225-2135) or Chris Smith (202-225-3765). 

(LAST UPDATED P.M. 7 / 23 / 2002

179 Members, 43 States 

ALABAMA 
Robert Aderholt 
Sonny Callahan 
Bud Cramer 
Earl Hilliard 

ARKANSAS 
Vic Snyder 

ARIZONA 
J.D. Hayworth 

CALIFORNIA 
Xavier Becerra 
Susan Davis 
Senator Diane Feinstein 
Bob Filner 
Elton Gallegly 
Stephen Horn 
Tom Lantos 
Zoe Lofgren 
Buck McKeon 
Grace Napolitano 
Loretta Sanchez 
Adam Schiff 
Henry Waxman 
Lynn Woolsey 

COLORADO 
Scott McInnis 
Bob Schaffer 
Thomas Tancredo 

CONNECTICUT 
John Larson 
Christopher Shays 
Rob Simmons 

DELAWARE 
Michael Castle 

FLORIDA 
Mike Bilirakis 
Corrine Brown 
Jim Davis 
Mark Foley 
Alcee Hastings 
Adam Putnam 
Illena Ros-Lehtinen 
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 
Dave Weldon 
Robert Wexler 

GEORGIA 
Johnny Isakson 

HAWAII 
Patsy Mink 

ILLINOIS 
Judy Biggert 
Rod Blagojevich 
Jerry Costello 
Lane Evans 
Mark Steven Kirk 
Ray LaHood 

INDIANA 
Dan Burton 
Julia Carson 

IOWA 
Leonard Boswell 
James Leach 

KENTUCKY 
Ernie Fletcher 
Anne Northup 

LOUISIANA 
Richard Baker 
John Cooksey 
David Vitter 

MAINE 
Tom Allen 
John Baldacci 

MARYLAND 
Wayne Gilchrest 
Connie Morella 

MASSACHUSETTS 
Michael Capuano 
Barney Frank 
Stephen Lynch 
Jim McGovern 
Ed Markey 
Marty Meehan 
Richard Neal 
John Olver 
John Tierney 

MICHIGAN 
David Bonior 
Dale Kildee 
Joe Knollenberg 
Sander Levin 
Lynn Rivers 
Mike Rogers 
Bart Stupak 

MINNESOTA 
Mark Kennedy 
Bill Luther 
Jim Ramstad 

MISSISSIPPI 
Charles “Chip” Pickering, Jr. 
Ronnie Shows 
Gene Taylor 
Bennie Thompson 
Rodger Wicker 

NEBRASKA 
Lee Terry 

NEVADA 
Shelley Berkley 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 
John Sununu 

NEW JERSEY 
CHRIS SMITH (CHAIRMAN) 
Mike Fergeson 
Rush Holt 
Frank LoBiondo 
Robert Menendez 
Frank Pallone 
Bill Pascrell 
Donald Payne 
Steve Rothman 
Jim Saxton 

NEW MEXICO 
Tom Udall 

NEW YORK 
Gary Ackerman 
Sherwood Boehlert 
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 
Eliot Engel 
Vito Fossella 
Ben Gilman 
Felix Grucci 
Maurice Hinchey 
Steve Israel 
Peter King 
John LaFalce 
Nita Lowey 
John McHugh 
Michael McNulty 
Carolyn Maloney 
Jerrold Nadler 
Jack Quinn 
Senator Charles Schumer 
Louise Slaughter 
Anthony Weiner 

NORTH DAKOTA 
Earl Pomeroy 

NORTH CAROLINA 
David Price 
Charles Taylor 

OHIO 
Sherrod Brown 
Steve LaTourette 
Michael Oxley 
Tom Sawyer 
Ted Strickland 
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones 

OKLAHOMA 
Steve Largent (retired during 107th Congress) 
Ken Lucas 

OREGON 
Earl Blumenauer 
Senator Maria Cantwell 
Peter DeFazio 
Darlene Hooley 
David Wu 

PENNSYLANIA 
MIKE DOYLE (CHAIRMAN) 
Robert Brady 
William Coyne 
Phil English 
James Greenwood 
Melissa Hart 
Joseph Hoeffel 
Tim Holden 
Frank Mascara 
John Peterson 
Todd Platts 
Don Sherwood 
Pat Toomey 

RHODE ISLAND 
Patrick Kennedy 
Jim Langevin 

SOUTH CAROLINA 
Lindsey Graham 
Floyd Spence (deceased) 
Joe Wilson 

SOUTH DAKOTA 
John Thune 

TENNESSEE 
John Duncan 
William Jenkins 
Zach Wamp 

TEXAS 
Ken Bentsen 
Lloyd Doggett 
Martin Frost 
Kay Granger 
Gene Green 
Nick Lampson 
Silvestre Reyes 
Jim Turner 

UTAH 
Jim Matheson 

VERMONT 
Bernie Sanders 

VIRGINIA 
Rich Boucher 
Eric Cantor 
Jo-Ann Davis 
Tom Davis 
Virgil Goode 
Bob Goodlatte 
Jim Moran 
Frank Wolf 

WASHINGTON 
Rick Larsen 
George Nethercutt 

WEST VIRGINIA 
Shelley Moore Capito 
Alan Mollohan 
Nick Rahall II 

WISCONSIN 
Tammy Baldwin 
Tom Barrett 
Mark Green 


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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