Kathy Ellis ~ U.S. House, District 8

Kathy Ellis

Kathy is a Missouri native. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, and has worked in these roles for over 35 years. Kathy has accomplished incredible work in these areas as well as directing youth programs and a women’s halfway home. While not working, Kathy volunteers in community leadership roles. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of a Board of a local health center and is the Secretary of a foundation providing services to women and children harmed by domestic violence.

On healthcare . . .

“I fully support moving the United States to a universal healthcare coverage, and phasing out, over time, private insurance. Specifically, I support Medicare-for-All, but I am open to any solid policy that moves us towards universal coverage.”

On the environment . . .

“Climate change is real, and it is directly impacting our community. Recent flooding in our district that has hurt farmers is a direct result of a changing climate. We must take climate change seriously. For this reason, I support new policies, including the Green New Deal, that creates new job opportunities and industries to respond to the changing needs of our planet.” “I also proudly took the #NoFossilFuelMoney Pledge.”

Plans for Economy

“For too long, our rural areas have been ignored and disinvested in. It’s time for a comprehensive plan to invest in our rural infrastructure, including fighting for increased wages, expansion of our local economy through new and innovative jobs, a focus on protecting and improving the physical infrastructure of our communities, and Broadband access for every rural Missourian.”

Education Policy

“ Investing in our public schools is the best way to invest in the future of our children. Any attempts to weaken or divert funding from our public schools hurts our community members. As the spouse of a retired school teacher, I also know first-hand the impact that our educators have on our community. I support all legislation that strengthens our public schools, and I support the right of our educators to fight for higher wages and secured pensions.” “ Our children must be able to succeed without being hindered by unbearable student debt. For this reason, I support debt-free community college, which provides all students, and most specifically students from our rural district, the opportunity to get ahead in life.”

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