Who am I?

I represent the 28th Congressional District of New York State, work tirelessly on behalf of the district and my constituents know me as a fighter for increased economic development across Western New York. Over the years, I have earned a reputation for my dedication to constituent service while simultaneously being a strong progressive voice on a host of national issues, from the war in Afghanistan and global trade to government reform and genetics. I'm a member of the House Democratic Leadership and in 2007, became the first woman to serve as Chairwoman of the influential House Committee on Rules, a position that allows me to influence nearly every single piece of legislation that comes to the House floor for a vote. I also serve on the prestigious Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, and am Chair of two congressional caucuses: the Congressional Arts Caucus and the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, of which I am a founding member. As the only microbiologist in Congress - with a master's degree in public health - I have long played a role in the major health and science issues of our time.

Why am I running?

I am running to continue my record of working to grow the middle class and fighting efforts by the Republicans in the House to reward millionaires with tax breaks while reducing important programs like Social Security and Medicare.

My Goals

I am deeply committed to a number of legislative priorities including but not limited to passing legislation to hold the political intelligence industry accountable, ensure our trade laws benefit American workers, and reduce antibiotic resistance, which is a major public health concern caused by corporate farming practices.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

According to the latest filing, my campaign's average donation is $81 while my opponent's is more than $1,700. In the last weeks, we have added more than 1,000 volunteers to our team and we will continue to depend on them rather than shadowy outside interests my opponent uses to spread our message.

Voice support


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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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