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Pennsylvania US Representative District 7

Description of office: The US Constitution requires that the House of Representatives be composed of Representatives from each state, elected in proportion to population. There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, with 17 Representatives allotted to Pennsylvania after the 2020 census. A US Representative must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years, and be a resident of the state they seek to represent at the time of the election (though not necessarily the same district). The House of Representatives is responsible for introducing and voting on bills, resolutions and amendments, and for approving the budget. Representatives also serve on various policy committees. The House may send Articles of Impeachment of elected officials to the Senate and elects the President if there is a tie in the Electoral College.Term: 2 yearsSalary: $174,000Vote for ONE.

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    Susan Wild

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    Ryan E. Mackenzie

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County Lehigh
Occupation Member of Congress
Education American University, Bachelor’s Degree; George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctor
Qualifications Susan Wild has lived in the Lehigh Valley community for over 30 years. In 2018, Rep. Wild became the first woman to represent Pennsylvania 7th’s Congressional district. In Congress, Rep. Wild spends every day working on behalf of her community to make government work better for Pennsylvanians.
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My number one priority in Congress has always been lowering your costs. Since Day One, I’ve been fighting to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and health care, so that every American can access the life-saving care they deserve. I’ve worked to create high-quality job opportunities right here in the Greater Lehigh Valley to support local manufacturing and local workers, and to address supply chain issues that have raised everyday costs for our families. And I’ve worked to make sure every person can access the critical reproductive health care they need – because medical decisions should be made by you and your doctor, not by politicians. I promise you, I will always put you first, just like I’ve done as your Representative.
Our citizens deserve proven, reliable leaders who can put aside partisan differences to focus on what matters most: making sure hard-working families and seniors have what they need to thrive. When I first got to Congress, I requested that I serve on the House Ethics Committee, where I am now the top ranking Democrat. I have dedicated my career to ensuring that all elected officials are held to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. I’m also proud of my strong bipartisan track record in Congress where my focus has always been getting things done and delivering for the Greater Lehigh Valley. We need more leaders ready to step up to the plate to put our communities first, as I have done throughout my career.
The right to vote is sacred in a democracy, and we cannot have a fair and representative government if there is discrimination in our voting process. I’m proud to have supported voting rights legislation in Congress, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. I introduced legislation to require every state to offer at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections. I also introduced the Stay in Line to Vote Act, which would explicitly allow food and drink to be provided to voters waiting in line to vote. At a moment when threats to American democracy have never been greater, we must do everything in our power to give citizens the tools and resources they need to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.
Through my role on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I’ve been proud to advocate for human rights and the protection of democracy abroad. I believe that the United States has a collaborative role to play with others in the international community, while also supporting our interests here at home. To address issues like climate change, the protection of democracy, and the expansion of human rights, we must work with other nations in our connected global community.
County Lehigh
Occupation State Representative
Education Harvard University, MBA; New York University, BS Finance and International Business; Parkland High School
Qualifications State Representative, Part of Lehigh County (2012-present); Republican Chair, PA House Labor and Industry Committee
Illegal immigration, Washington over-spending, and funding of forever wars - all of which are costing every American too much, driving inflation, and stopping us from addressing American issues first. In Congress, I will build on my proven record of never voting for a tax increase, passing laws that help fight illegal immigration, and focusing the budget on our priorities. We can no longer afford to shirk our duty to American citizens and we must secure our border, protect Social Security and Medicare, and help those who truly in need.
Washington’s budget process is an absolute disaster and fails every year. Without a balanced budget requirement or hard and fast annual deadlines, supplemental spending and continuing resolutions are the way government is routinely funded. We must force Congress to be accountable to taxpayers by showing them the entire picture, for the entire year. We must make certain we spend only what we are taking in. We must stop raiding the Social Security Trust Fund. And we need to end the piecemeal budgeting approach that makes it too easy for the politicians to overspend because there is no prioritization. Holding Congress accountable will force them to work together more effectively and, as the budget will be completed at one time, efficiently.
We need to make it hard to cheat and easy to vote for eligible U.S. citizens. Voter ID will ensure that only those eligible to vote can vote as well as help prevent fraud. Reversing the disastrous changes forced by the courts and Governor Wolf’s administration on election integrity requirements surrounding mail-in voting will help increase the confidence and participation of voters. As State Representative, these are reforms that I have voted to support and that were blocked by the radical Democrat politicians.
While the U.S. can and should play a role in the international community, it’s FIRST duty is to American citizens. That is a duty that has been ignored or forgotten for too long in Washington. Congress and the President can no longer ask taxpayers to fund things like housing, food and medical benefits for illegal immigrants, or forever wars, when we aren’t even taking care of our citizens and our own communities. Ensuring the needs and challenges of America are met first is critical when making decisions on how to help our allies and partners in the international community.