I am running for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois because I am committed to bringing people together throughout our communities and across the aisle to make sure our children inherit a stronger and more secure future.
As I travel throughout the district, meeting with people in communities from Wheeling to Waukegan, Grayslake to Glencoe, Round Lake to Highland Park, I hear the same message: Washington is broken and holding us back—holding back our economy, holding back on making tough decisions, and holding back on doing what it takes to help people get ahead.
These are the conversations that inspire me and led me to run for Congress in the first place. The work we started two years ago is unfinished, and the challenges we face are too important to give up the fight to put our nation on a better path.
Our country is stronger when our middle class is growing and families feel confident about what tomorrow will bring. Equal opportunity for everyone is the basis of the American Dream and that dream is the key to our future prosperity—and worth fighting for. And the rising economic tide really must lift up all of us if we are going to achieve our true potential as a nation.
That’s why I’m running for Congress. I remain dedicated to building an economy that works for every American and every community. An economy that lifts up and grows our middle class, instead of laying obstacles in their way. An economy creating more well-paying, career-oriented jobs and creates a wealthier nation, not just a wealthier few.
I remain committed to ensuring our security at home, while also ensuring we lead the world to improve security around the globe. I am steadfast in the belief that we can be a nation where every child has an opportunity for a quality education; every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and anyone willing to work hard has the opportunity to earn a fair wage, provide for their family, and achieve a dignified retirement.
My term in Congress certainly saw periods filled with frustration, but there were also meaningful achievements that will have a lasting, positive impact for our communities and our future.
Among the most significant moments were the introduction of my first bill, The AMERICA Works Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the successful passage of a bipartisan budget for the first time in four years, and the unanimous passage of the Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act. And in December 2014, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 was signed into law—including a measure I introduced to enhance Israel’s qualitative military edge.
These achievements are proof that with principled leadership, we can find common ground where both parties can work together to make progress. But a government where the will of a few blocks progress for the many is not working, and I want to fix it.
I want to go back to Congress because we need to continue to fight to strengthen our economy, to protect our environment, to protect women’s rights to make their own health decisions, to repair and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. My commitment to you is that I will do all I can to ensure that the next Congress reflects our priorities and our values.
I am grateful for the support of my family and friends, old and new, and I hope that you will join our campaign for a government that works for all of us.
Together, I know we can finish what we started.