Social Security & Medicare

Leah knows that retirement security is a vital issue for many people in our Congressional District, where we have a larger than average proportion of elders in many of our communities. With fewer and fewer workplaces giving access to private pensions, the stability of Social Security becomes more and more important to our region.

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National Security & Cyber Security

Leah worked in national security under three different administrations - two Republican and one Democrat. Therefore, she's seen many different approaches to national security throughout her career. This has provided her with a unique perspective on what works - and what doesn't - when it comes to protecting our country. While it is a complex and ongoing conversation, Leah has first-hand experience in a key areas that require immediate attention from our nation's lawmakers.

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Immigration

Leah has seen first-hand what happens when Congress refuses to take up the challenging task of finding bipartisan solutions to one of the most broken areas of U.S. federal policy. Postponing immigration reform has devastating effects on our communities, our economy and our safety. The solution is out there - what is not present is a commitment from Congressional leadership to bring it to the floor.  We need a change in Congress and Leah will work hard to enlist a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to reform our nation's immigration laws.

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Healthcare

Leah believes that reliable access to quality healthcare is a human right and supports Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill. Knowing that some Minnesotans can’t wait for passage and implementation of this bill, Leah supports improving provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the meantime. Introducing a public option, lowering prescription drug prices, and funding state level re-insurance programs will stabilize markets and lower premiums for thousands of Minnesotans.

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Environment & Clean Energy

Leah understands that investment in clean energy is critical to the improvement of public health, sustainable economies and limiting the effects of climate change. She is dedicated to expanding solar, wind, and geothermal energy by extending the federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit and the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. Leah’s plan would extend both programs beyond 2022 and maintain each program’s 30 percent rebate. Leah’s plan would also reintroduce popular tax credits for making your home more energy efficient and introduce a 30 percent tax credit on qualifying home improvements that lead to greater energy efficiency.

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Restorative Justice

Leah has seen the positive outcomes that restorative justice programs have on offenders, victims, and communities. Restorative justice is a system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community.

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Our Veterans

Leah believes the federal government should never cease striving to improve the lives of those who risked everything for our country; she will be a vocal supporter of our veterans in Congress.

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Campaign Finance Reform

Our political system is currently saturated by the influence of money. While many Democrats and Independents call for systemic change, little to no action is taken on the federal level. We need to go beyond platitudes and pass existing legislation that would get big money out of politics. The American people need to elect congressional members that vow to support these bills, and that will work across partisan lines to ensure the people’s voice is returned to them. This problem can be solved.  We can return the power to the people, but we need to do it together. 

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Firearms Safety

Having grown up in rural Minnesota and spent her career in federal law enforcement, Leah has significant experience with gun safety issues. She is an avid sporting clays enthusiast and supports Minnesota's long history of hunting and sportsmanship. However, throughout her career, she's seen first-hand how firearms end up in the hands of people who should not have them. Leah believes gun violence in America is a public health crisis and should be treated as such.

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Economic Development

The women in Leah's family have owned and operated their own businesses for four generations, so Leah knows the value small businesses have in our rural communities. Small businesses with less than 20 workers make up the backbone of our economy and account for over 89% of all employers. Fostering the growth of small businesses is paramount to ensuring our rural communities thrive in the years ahead. In Congress, Leah will ensure rural economic stimulus programs across the federal government are funded proportionately with their urban counterparts.

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Education

Since leaving the FBI, Leah is employed as adjunct faculty at Augsburg University. Every day, she sees students struggling with the burden of student debt. In Congress, Leah will fight for debt-free college tuition for all students at public universities. In the meantime, our students can’t wait. In Congress, Leah will call to double the current maximum Pell Grant award to $13,000 per school year and annually adjust the Pell Grant award for inflation. Also, she will remove the provision to tax Pell Grant dollars as income if these funds are used for non-tuition education expenses.

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LGBTQ+ Rights

In Congress, Leah will fight to protect LGBTQ+ rights and work hard to pass greater protections. Leah will be a vocal ally, working with other members of Congress to pass the Equality Act, to provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals across areas that include employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.

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