Stephanie Schmid ~ U.S. House, District 4

Stephanie is a retired United States Foreign Service Officer, attorney, and human rights leader with a record of serving her community, protecting those most vulnerable, and solving difficult public policy problems. Stephanie attended Yale University for undergrad and received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She then spent six years working as a federal litigation attorney and in private practice. Starting in 2011, Stephanie was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for seven years. In this role, she worked in embassies around the world to promote international human rights while based in Washington, D.C. Stephanie left the State Department in 2018 to lead the U.S. Foreign Policy Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

On healthcare . . .

Stephanie knows that healthcare is far too expensive, and is fighting for all Americans to have access to healthcare that does not force them to go bankrupt. As an individual with a preexisting condition, Stephanie understands the fear of being denied coverage because of their healthcare needs. She is a strong advocate for Medicare for all and is working to lower the cost of prescription drugs. She also believes that reproductive rights, substance abuse treatment, and mental health are all healthcare rights.

On the environment . . .

Stephanie believes that climate change causes an urgent threat to our community. She supports efforts to re-enter the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement to reassert the U.S’s leadership on combating climate change worldwide, and reinstate any environmental regulations that have been rolled back by the Trump Administration. As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Stephanie has seen the issues of climate change firsthand and will continue to support funds created to support those affected by natural disasters.

Plans for Economy

Stephanie firmly believes that America can innovate and build a whole new industry with high paying jobs for skilled laborers and in manufacturing. One way in which she aims to accomplish this is by moving towards cleaner energy sources as a way to revitalize the economy and give working people jobs in Central Jersey.

Education Policy

Stephanie feels a strong connection to Jersey Public Schools, as she herself is a product of them. She knows the importance of schooling and will make sure that every child has access to pre-K and early learning programs, for starters. She also understands the importance of higher education, and will work to lower costs of New Jersey’s colleges, universities, and trade schools. Stephanie will also fight for a cap on student loan interest rate and fight for more accessible student loan forgiveness programs.

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