The U.S. Census is a decennial population count mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. The Constitution vests Congress with responsibility for overseeing the census, a function it has delegated by law to the U.S. Census Bureau (an agency of the Department of Commerce). The 2020 Census will be the 23rd since the first enumeration in 1790. This daunting task, having to account now for over 300 million people, involves many policy, technical, administrative and legal challenges. The data are critical for determining representation in Congress and allocating federal program dollars throughout the country. Terri Ann Lowenthal explains the law and the process that will be used, and will cover some controversial issues that will have an impact on the conduct of the census, including the recent proposal to require information about one’s citizenship.
Terri Ann Lowenthal is a nationally recognized expert, consultant, and frequent speaker on the U.S. census and policy issues affecting federal statistics. During a 14-year career as a congressional aide in both the House and Senate, she was staff director of the House census oversight subcommittee from 1987-94 and later covered the Census Bureau and broader federal statistical activities for the 2008 Obama Presidential Transition Team. Terri started her congressional career with former Connecticut Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Terri now advises a variety of government, business, philanthropic, and other stakeholders on census policy and operational issues. Terri Ann holds a B.A. in African Studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She was a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission and served on the Cornell University Council and President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Terri still finds time to be an ice skating coach of 43+ years and is a proud member of the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Washington, DC) board of directors. She now lives and works in her home town of Stamford, CT.