Desiree Tims ~ U.S. House, District 10
Desiree is the granddaughter of a sharecropper who crossed into Southwestern Ohio to work in the steel mills. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended Dayton Public Schools. Desiree is a proud graduate of Dayton Dunbar High School, but she never forgot the acute feeling of shock when she learned that 5th graders at a nearby private school were doing work from the same textbook she had in 10th grade.
Desiree went on to become the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college, attending Xavier University. During her time at Xavier, she volunteered for Barack Obama’s ’08 campaign in Southwest Ohio, a role that led to a job offer on Capitol Hill for Obama’s first term. Desiree then went on to work for US Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and was also elected President of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus. She most recently graduated from Georgetown Law.
On healthcare . . .
“…We need to protect the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that have allowed countless to gain coverage that they otherwise never would have had, including requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. We must also provide a public option so that more people can access high-quality, affordable healthcare while allowing those who have insurance they like through their employer keep it.”
On the environment . . .
“Climate change is real and we need to invest in clean energy programs now. By investing in wind and solar, we can not only ensure our earth lasts longer, but we can also create new jobs as well.”
Plans for Economy
The time is long past for the federal government to reinvest in Ohio. “The communities [in] Ohio’s 10th Congressional District used to be an economic driver for Ohio and the country. Now, our hourly wage earners aren’t getting paid the way they were more than a decade ago… Given that we’re home to several universities and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Desiree will bring more federal funding to our district to create more jobs in technology, cybersecurity, and transportation.”
Desiree supports a national universal preschool program and is committed to ensuring that college education isn’t a “life debt sentence.” She will fight to cap student loan interest rates, expand federal college grant programs, and make community colleges free. Further, “if educating our children is one of the most important jobs, [teacher] pay needs to reflect that.” She will also approach the education system in a holistic way, ensuring that counselors and other wraparound services are properly funded.