Like so many Americans, my family had a tough time in the early years, but I’ve spent my career standing up to make government work – for everyone. My Dad was a carpenter. He had a 4th-grade education, worked hard, but died of heart disease at 50 – because he couldn’t afford health insurance.
I turned 51 in April and just survived cancer. It’s not because of luck that I’m healthy today. It’s health insurance. It’s simple math and economics. This fight for equality of opportunity is among America’s greatest challenges today. It begins with a good job, benefits, and a level playing field. And if you get sick, lose your job, or just need some help along the way, you deserve a system that’s fair and built for everyone – and someone to stand up for you and your family. The system wasn’t there for my Dad – but it still can be for you and for every American.
I know how to make government work, and I’m proud of our results. I took on insurance companies who denied care, and won – took on Walmart who denied rest breaks, and won – and I took on the big polluters and union-busting bosses, and won. I stood up against outrageous tolls, lobbied Congress for the Equal Rights Amendment, built good infrastructure and jobs, and reduced classroom testing so that all our kids get the time and attention that they need to succeed. I stopped cuts to seniors programs, women’s health, and workforce training. Made our tax code fairer for hard-working families, seniors, and first responders, and was honored by firefighters, police, unions and returning warriors for my work to build a better future.
And on a deeply personal note, for my Dad and for tens of millions of Americans, I stood a door away from President Obama’s Oval Office and helped draft the Affordable Care Act, so that no family ever has to live through what my family lived through. Every day, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and gone to work for you, and I will never stop.
In the coming months, I hope to meet you and your family along the trail, as I travel the 6th District meeting folks and talking about how we can move our country and state forward. Throughout this journey, I have never forgotten, and will never forget, that I work for you. I hope for your support.