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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Many veterans return from deployment susceptible to substance abuse as a result of their combat experience. This is a struggle that hits home for Leah’s family. Her brother Nick joined the Marine Corps on September 12, 2001 and completed three deployments; including the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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.Read More
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.Read More