Tony Coelho – Former House Majority Whip & Disability Advocate

The Hon. Tony Coelho
The Hon. Tony Coelho

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Tony Coelho is a former United States congressman from California, and primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In 1986, Tony was elected House Majority Whip, where he oversaw a series of Democratic victories in the House on measures ranging from the budget to cutting off funds for the war in Central America. President Bill Clinton appointed Tony to serve as Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a position he held from 1994 to 2001. He has also served as Vice Chair of the National Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, and is the past chair of both the Epilepsy Foundation (2005-2007) and the American Association for People with Disabilities (2009-2011) Boards of Directors.

In March 2009, Tony was named as Chairperson for the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC). In this capacity, Tony works to amplify the voice of the Partnership’s diverse members, including people with disabilities, racial and ethnic communities and the elderly, among others.

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