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Henry Waxman

Henry Arnold Waxman (born September 12 1939), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1975, representing the 30th District of California. He was born in Los Angeles, California, was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a lawyer and member of the California Assembly before entering the House.

Before the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in 1995, Waxman was a powerful figure in the House as chair of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment from 1979. In this role he conducted investigations into a range of health and environmental issues, including universal health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, AIDS and air and water pollution.

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