Frederica began her career as a teacher and assistant education coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Head Start program, and quickly advanced to be principal of Skyway Elementary School. As a teacher, she and her students mobilized their community against a local compost plant that emitted odors that posed a major health and environmental hazard. Realizing her community needed stronger local leadership, she ran and was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board, where she established the 500 Role Models of Excellence Project. Frederica then won seats in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Senate. Frederica proudly characterizes her experience as a U.S. representative by “unrelenting advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate.” She introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013, the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, and the Youth Cop Act of 2013, She is also the founder of the Florida Pots Caucus.
On healthcare . . .
Frederica is fighting to expand access to healthcare by urging Florida’s governor to allow Florida to opt in to the Medicaid expansion provision in the Affordable Care Act. “The lack of access to care is especially troubling during this global pandemic . . . Many of those impacted are in black, brown and poor communities that have traditionally been saddled with untreated underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus. Those underlying conditions are exactly the kinds of conditions preventative care would address under a Medicaid expansion.”
On the environment
“We have just one planet, and it’s up to us to protect it . . . I pledge to protect our shorelines from the dangers posed by offshore oil drilling and to protect the Endangered Species Act from politically-motivated attacks . . .I am committed to smart energy policies that fight climate change by cutting carbon emissions and boosting renewable fuel production. As the solar industry has demonstrated, by investing in new clean technologies, we can not only protect our planet but also create new high-wage jobs. ”
Plans for Economy
“Unemployment is our real deficit. Unemployment is not only the moral crisis of our time — leaving families homeless and dreams destroyed — but also an underlying cause of our federal government’s increased levels of borrowing. Massive job losses following the 2008 financial crisis left us with fewer tax receipts and more people requiring benefits.” Frederica is also fighting to protect and advance the rights and benefits of our labor workforce.
Frederica is committed to improving education. She was the Ranking Democrat on the Education and Workforce Protection Subcommittee in the 114th Congress. In her work introducing the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights and the Youth Corp Act, she has fought to provide student debt relief and reconnect youth with education.