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Pennsylvania US Representative District 4

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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    David Winkler

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the country, and how would you address them?

What changes, if any, would you support that would help Congress function more efficiently and effectively?

What legislation would you support to protect voting rights and safeguard access to free and fair elections?

How do you view the role of the US in responding to challenges facing the international community?

County Montgomery
Occupation Member of Congress, PA-04 (2019-Present)
Education BA, La Salle University; JD, Delaware Law School of Widener University
Qualifications Member, U.S. House of Representatives (2019-Present); Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (2012-18)
Campaign Website
Among the most pressing issues we face is the preservation of our democracy from those who wish to undermine it; on a related note, of course, is the protection of voting rights. In both the 116th and 117th Congresses, I was an original cosponsor of H.R. 1 – the For the People Act. To name just a few provisions, this bill would expand voter registration/access, mandate independent commissions for congressional redistricting, require a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices (and other federal office holders/employees), and make much-needed changes to our campaign finance system – all of which would ensure a more level playing field and a stronger, more responsive democracy/federal government. We must codify Roe to protect women's rights.
Again, I look back to H.R. 1 – the For the People Act. Trust in our institutions is at an all-time low, and we must take action to remedy that by ensuring ethical, transparent, and responsive governance. Minimizing the influence of money in politics, outlawing gerrymandering, and expanding voting access would instill a greater confidence in Americans that the federal government is working to address the many challenges and opportunities we face. Beyond the For the People Act, I also supported the TRUST In Congress Act to bar Members of Congress (and their spouses) from trading stocks while in office. Doing so would increase the public’s trust of their federal government.
Beyond H.R. 1 – the For the People Act – which I feel I’ve adequately summarized in my previous two responses, I recently introduced H.R. 7389 – the Accessible Voting Act of 2024 – with my colleagues Reps. Scanlon and Raskin. Broadly, this bill would increase voting accessibility, particularly for individuals with disabilities and older Americans. This Congress, I’m also an original cosponsor of H.R. 5048 – the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would prevent abuses of Presidential power, strengthen checks and balances/transparency in government, and defend against foreign interference in our elections.
As the global superpower, the US has an indispensable role to lead – especially in conflicts like those we see in Ukraine, in Israel. We are uniquely positioned to be a force for both good and democracy in the international community. Accordingly, we have a responsibility to stand with our allies (especially those in NATO), to hold our adversaries to account, and to promote good governance across the globe. When helping to respond to challenges facing the international community, we must prioritize finding diplomatic solutions above all else. Diplomatic channels must be exhausted before considering alternative routes of conflict resolution.
County Montgomery
Occupation Combat Veteran
Education BBA Austin Peay
Qualifications United States Marine Corps, United States Army, Law Enforcement Officer, Advisor to the Afghanistan Government, Ballistic Missile Defense Advisor to the South Korean Government, CEO of a Veterans Non-profit
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X Handle @Djwinklerforpa4
Division has become one of the top issues facing America today. The country is experiencing heightened polarization and deepening rifts along political, social, and cultural lines. This division has led to a breakdown in civil discourse, increased partisanship, and a lack of unity in addressing critical issues.

Inflation is a top issue that is causing concern among policymakers, economists, and consumers alike. The rise in prices of goods and services can erode purchasing power, reduce savings, and impact overall economic stability.

Security at the border is a top issue that has far-reaching implications for national safety, immigration policies, and international relations.
Enforcing term limits, introducing anti-lobbying laws, and stopping political theatrics are vital steps to make Congress more effective. By bringing in fresh perspectives, reducing the influence of special interests, and focusing on substantive policy debates rather than theatrics, Congress can prioritize the needs of the American people and work towards meaningful progress on key issues.
I support voter ID laws which can help ensure the integrity of the electoral process by verifying the identity of voters, preventing fraud, and upholding the principle of fair and secure elections. Implementing reasonable voter ID requirements can enhance confidence in the democratic system and safeguard the fundamental right to vote for all eligible citizens.
Putting America first over foreign interests is my priority & strategy that focuses on advancing the well-being, security, and prosperity of the United States and its citizens. By prioritizing domestic needs, national security, economic growth, and diplomatic interests that benefit America, policymakers should ensure that decisions align with the best interests of the country and its citizens. My approach emphasizes sovereignty, self-sufficiency, and strategic partnerships that serve to strengthen America's position in the global arena.