Election November 2016: Katie McGinty

Katie McGinty is running for U.S. Senate.

Election November 2016: Katie McGinty

Name: Katie McGinty
City of Residence: Wayne, PA
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Desired: U.S. Senate
Facebook: KatieMcGintyPA
Twitter: @KatieMcGintyPA

Why should you be elected
I believe hard working people have good reason to believe the economy and our political system haven’t been working for them. True, our economy has recovered from the brink of disaster—but wages have not kept pace with the cost of living for most families.

I’m a “skin in the game” kind of person who doesn’t believe in hand outs, but I do believe that hard work needs to have its rewards in decent wages and benefits.

So, when I see people like my opponent supporting unlimited tax breaks for corporate bonuses, or loopholes that reward corporations when they ship jobs overseas—I know we have to fix that and instead put a priority on good schools, job training, rebuilding our infrastructure, and by enabling people to realize the rewards of their labor by ensuring equal pay for equal work and bringing down the cost of healthcare.

My parents—my dad a police officer and my mom a restaurant hostess—were able to provide for me and my nine brothers and sisters by working hard, and in the Senate I will work to restore the basic bargain that if you put in the hours, you can get ahead.

Top three priorities
My top priorities if elected all revolve around rebuilding our middle class. That means taking on a tax code that is unfair to middle class families. I don’t support any tax increases on the middle class.

1) Instead I want to close the loopholes that now incentivize companies to move jobs overseas, that allow unlimited bonus write offs for companies, and that provide billions in breaks to special interests like big oil companies.

2) I will fight to allow families to refinance college debt, and to make child care more affordable.

3) I will fight to reclaim America’s competitive edge in manufacturing and technology by expanding support for quality job training and apprenticeship programs.

Biography
Katie McGinty is the ninth of ten kids, raised in Northeast Philadelphia by a police officer and a restaurant hostess.

Ms. McGinty earned a full scholarship and studied chemistry at St. Joseph’s University and then earned her law degree at Columbia Law School.

She began her career working as a fellow in the office of then-Senator Al Gore.

After the 1992 presidential election, Katie was appointed Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality by President Clinton, and confirmed in that position by the United States Senate.

She spent time in private industry, then returned to public life as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell, the first woman to lead the $800 million organization.

Most recently, Katie served as Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf.

She has spent her career working to protect the environment while creating new opportunities and jobs for Pennsylvania’s working families, and hopes to continue doing so in the U.S. Senate.

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