Stephanie was an educator Rollins College and a businesswoman in the private sector. She also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary Defense, where she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Stephanie is the first Vietnamsese-American woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to represent her district. She prides herself on being an effective and independent member of congress. Stephanie serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is a member of the Gun Violence Task Force, Climate Solutions Caucus, LGBT Equality CAucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. She serves as co-chair for the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democrats who believe in fiscal responsibility and strong national security. She also chairs Future Forum, a group of young Democrats in the House who advocate for issues important to young Americans.
On healthcare . . .
Stephanie wants to ensure every American has access to quality healthcare. She believes in improving the ACA, lowering premiums for working families and small businesses, protecting Medicare from privatization, and allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
On the environment
Environment: “By protecting Florida’s natural resources, we not only preserve our beautiful state for generations to come, but we also protect our economic way of life and the jobs that come with it.” Stephanie advocates for clean air and water and smart investments in green energy. She is endorsed by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. She fights to protect Florida coastal economies, and oppose oil or gas drilling off our coasts.
Plans for Economy
Stephanie believes we need an economy that works for everyone, and that we need a robust middle class at its center. She advocates for smarter trade deals, fewer regulations, stronger infrastructure, fairer taxes, paid family and medical leave, and help for small businesses.
“Education transformed my life and opened doors for me I never thought possible. Now, I want my two young children – and all children – to get the education they need to achieve their dreams, just like I did as a young girl whose parents brought her to this country with nothing more than high hopes, a strong work ethic, and a belief in the American dream.” Stephanie supports early childhood education, lowering student loan interest rates, increasing Pell Grant funding, and making student loans more flexible. She is also pushing for a greater emphasis on STEAM education.