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US House, District 7

Massachusetts has nine representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. Each district, representing approximately 710,000 individuals, elects a representative to the House for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen. The base salary for a member of Congress is $174,000.

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    Roy A. Owens. Sr.
    (I)

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    Ayanna S. Pressley
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the top two priorities for your constituents? How do you determine what the most important issues are for your constituents?

What specific steps do you plan to take to lower medical costs, improve outcomes, and strengthen access to quality medical care for all Americans? How would this be funded?

What would be your two top budget priorities as a member of Congress and why?

How can you, as a member of Congress, help guarantee full access to voting for all voting-age citizens?

What legislation would you propose to end systemic racism?

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Our constituents need Jobs and Housing. Their most important need will be determine by what our constituents are willing to do to meet those needed.
Step to lower Medical cost Need to begin in school, with opposing views from at least three or four separate groups; Clergy, Political, Science and Citizen input. Funding can be through public and private contribution as well as retired expert’s volunteers.
We need to preserve our Environment and look to Space Travel for the future. We need more jobs and opportunities. These two are the future.
All candidates need equal access to all voters, in public and private building. We need to change the structure of election as it relate to party vs Independent so that all parties, private and Independents, have equal access to voters. All certified candidates, whether they be in a party or not, their names must be presented to the public at the same time. Currently it is not, Democrats and other party candidates’ names are put on the states website and sent around the world immediately.
We need to begin with changing the system for electing the people who make the decisions. Half of the voters in Massachusetts are independents, but they are denied the right to participate in the electoral system. The legislative system is controlled by private parties such as the Democrats, who write the rules for the rich and powerful and deny the right of the common people who do not belong to a party to participate in the electoral system as individual citizens. This is not right.
Our communities are facing overlapping crises of public health, economic insecurity, and systemic racism. These challenges are intersectional; the work of racial, economic, healthcare, education, housing, transit, and environmental justice is inextricably linked. I’m focused on advocating for policies that reflect the intersecting challenges facing our communities - ensuring a just, equitable, and safe recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and advancing changes that value Black and Brown lives.
I'm a proponent of Medicare for All. And I've consistently led on efforts to tackle the entrenched disparities in our healthcare system - from guaranteeing the right to reproductive care and introducing the Healthy MOMMIES Act to calling out disparities in our public health response to COVID-19 and securing millions in funding for community health centers. Greater investment in our healthcare system comes down to the political courage to pass budgets that reflect the needs of our communities.
We have the opportunity to pass budgets that value Black and Brown lives and that make equitable investments in the communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why I have advocated for defunding law enforcement and the Pentagon to refund the people, making greater investments in mental health and trauma support resources, repealing the Hyde Amendment, cancelling student loan debt, supporting the microbusinesses that form the backbone of our communities, and more. 
In the midst of COVID-19 - and in the context of continued efforts by Republicans at every level to disenfranchise entire communities - I strongly support efforts to pass universal vote by mail. We must fully fund the postal service and ensure protection against discriminatory ID requirements and voter registration purges that systematically deny hundreds of thousands of people the right to vote. I also support extending the right to vote to those behind the wall and anyone over the age of 16.
The struggle to advance racial justice requires an intersectional lens. I have introduced the People's Justice Guarantee - to transform our criminal legal system, fought to end underbanking and inequitable access to credit, introduced legislation to cancel student debt, advocated for safe, affordable housing, and led a resolution condemning police brutality and militarization. I will continue to advocate and legislate to address the intersecting challenges facing Black and Brown communities.