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Pennsylvania US Representative District 12

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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    Summer Lee
    (Dem)

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    Mike Doyle
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County PA
Occupation State Representative
Education Summer is a proud graduate of Woodland Hills High School, Penn State, and Howard University School of Law.
Qualifications Summer is an organizer, attorney, advocate and two-term state representative for PA's 34th HD, the first Black woman ever elected to the legislature from Western Pennsylvania, the founder/chair of UNITE, a grassroots PAC that has helped elect progressives region-wide, up and down ballot.
Campaign Website http://www.summerforpa.com
Campaign Facebook URL http://www.facebook.com/SummerforPA
Campaign Twitter URL http://www.twitter.com/SummerforPA
In Congress, I'll bring upon the same values and track record I've been dedicated to as an organizer, advocate, and state legislator - bringing broad coalitions of folks together for environmental, racial, and economic justice, so we can win real victories for all working people. This means a just transition to a clean energy economy, tackling our climate crisis, taking on corporate polluters and ensuring clean air and water for all. It means supporting/strengthening unions, raising the minimum wages, passing paid family and sick leave, protecting workers' and their rights to organize with the PRO Act, passing Medicare for All, challenging mass incarceration and passing police accountability measures.
Not only must we end racist voter ID and suppression laws, restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act, and end gerrymandering, but we must go farther and provide every person in our country with the right to vote - from previously incarcerated people to immigrants, everyone deserves a voice in our democracy.

Congress should be making it easier to vote, not harder, that means automatic voter registration, nationwide early and mail voting, federal holidays for election days, and same day voter registration.

As long as corporations can funnel billions into elections, our democracy will continue to belong to the highest bidder - we must pass comprehensive campaign finance reform and end Citizens United.
We must pass a Green New Deal through a just transition to a 100% clean and renewable energy economy, centered in good-paying union jobs, with strong protections for workers and frontline communities who've born the brunt of environmental racism. This includes ending fracking, which poses a disproportionate threat to communities like the Mon Valley community where I was born and raised, and which I represent today. We must hold corporate polluters accountable, invest in infrastructure to mitigate impacts from extreme weather events, landslides and erosion, fix aging and or lead pipes, and ensure clean water for all, to ensure a livable future for this and future generations.
I believe in a human rights and diplomacy centered approach to foreign policy. This means moving diplomatic solutions like the new version of the JHCPOA/Iran Deal forward, and building a clean energy economy, away from Big Oil and the authoritarians who control the wells. Instead of giving the Pentagon billions for private weapons contractors and endless war, we must pass budgets that prioritize people (education, health care, infrastructure, housing and more). We must create a functional, humane, inclusive immigration policy, starting with comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, welcoming asylum-seekers and stopping brutal and discriminatory policies around detention, family separation, and deportation.
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