Norman Sisisky, born on June 9, 1927, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, during the Great Depression. He graduated from Richmond's John Marshall High School and enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving through the end of 1946.
At the completion of his service in the Navy, Sisisky returned to Richmond, where he enrolled in what today is known as Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1949, he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Congressman Sisisky married the former Rhoda Brown on June 12, 1949. They have four sons, Mark, Terry, Richard, and Stuart, and seven grandchildren. Congressman and Mrs. Sisisky live in Petersburg, Virginia.
Before being elected to Congress in November 1982, Norman Sisisky was a businessman. He transformed a small Pepsi bottling company in Petersburg into a highly successful distributor of soft drinks throughout South side Virginia.
Virginia General Assembly
Norman Sisisky was elected to public office for the first time in 1973 as Delegate to Virginia's General Assembly representing Petersburg. He won a seat on the Finance, Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee before being appointed to the prestigious Appropriations Committee. He served five consecutive terms in the General Assembly before his election to Congress.
United States Congress
Norman Sisisky is currently in his tenth term as U.S. Representative for Virginia's Fourth Congressional District. He represents a diverse district that includes portions of eleven counties and nine cities.
Congressman Sisisky is a senior member of the influential House Armed Services Committee. He is now the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Military Procurement, which is responsible for purchasing military weapon systems for all four services and special operations. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on Military Readiness, and serves on the Panel on Morale, Welfare and Recreation. In the 103rd Congress he chaired the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
In 1995 and 1996, Congressman Sisisky served on the Readiness Panel of the Defense Authorization Conference Committee, which negotiates the final version of legislation authorizing all defense programs. He was chief House negotiator for the Oversight and Investigations Conference Panel in 1993 and 1994, and for the Conventional Forces Panel in 1991 and 1992.
Congressman Sisisky has recently been appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Intelligence Committee oversees the collection of foreign intelligence information for U.S. policy makers. Intelligence Committee oversight responsibilities include the collection, processing, and delivery of technical and tactical intelligence, as well as oversight of human intelligence, analysis, and counterintelligence activities. This includes activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Directorate of Operations, Defense Department intelligence activities, and the National Foreign Intelligence Program. Congressman Sisisky serves on both Intelligence Committee subcommittees, the Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence, and the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.
Lastly, as a member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition in the 104th, 105th, 106th, and 107th Congresses, the Congressman has worked to break partisan logjams on issues such as deficit reduction and campaign finance reform.