Congressman John Edward Porter was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Omega on May 10, 2000 by the national office. He was inducted to recognize his work in Congress as a strong champion on public health.
Congressman John Edward Porter (R-10th) of Illinois is currently serving his eleventh term in the United States House of Representatives. Porter is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and Chairman of the Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Subcommittee. He also serves on the Military Construction Subcommittee. He is founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary bipartisan association of members of Congress working to identify, monitor and end human rights violations worldwide.
Porter has been recognized repeatedly by the National Taxpayers Union, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Inc., and many other groups as one of the Congress' most fiscally conservative members. In 1992, he was one of only six out of 435 House members named a "Taxpayer Superhero" by the Grace Commission's Citizens Against Government Waste, and in 1994, he was one of only 35 members of the House to be cited by the Grace Commission for his votes against higher spending and taxes. In 1997, Rep. Porter had the best score of any House member in the bipartisan Concord Coalition's analysis of spending votes, earning him a place on the Coalition's "Honor Roll" of members with the strongest commitment to eliminating deficits and balancing the budget. The Concord Coalition placed Rep. Porter on its "Honor Roll" again for his 1998 voting record.
Congressman Porter is also in the vanguard on environmental issues and is regarded as one of the leaders of the "Green Republicans" in the House. A supporter of the Clean Air and Clean Water Act, he has enacted landmark legislation to stop destruction of tropical rainforests, fought to prevent unregulated export of waste, and has advocated new standards for recycling and energy efficiency. His leadership was recognized by his 1992 appointment as a member of the official U.S. Congressional Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), better known as the "Earth Summit." Since 1993, Porter has served as Vice-Chairman of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBEUSA).
Additionally, Congressman Porter is co-founder of the Congressional Coalition on Population and Development, an organization which advocates and defends international and domestic voluntary family planning programs. A strong supporter of the arts and humanities, Rep. Porter in 1999 was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, one of only five House members to receive this honor.
Prior to his election to Congress, Porter served three terms, from 1973 through 1979, in the Illinois House of Representatives. As a state legislator, Porter earned plaudits for his leadership and legislative skills, steering a record 60 separate bills to final House passage without a single defeat in six years.
Porter was born June 1, 1935 in Evanston, Illinois. His father, the late Harry H. Porter of Evanston, was a Cook County Circuit Court Judge for many years. Porter attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Following service in the U.S. Army, he graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. After admission to the bar, Porter served as an Honor Law Graduate Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1963 until his election to Congress, Porter practiced law in Evanston, Illinois.