Marcy Kaptur ~ U.S. House, District 9
Marcy Kaptur was born in Toledo and is the granddaughter of Polish immigrants. She was pursuing a PhD in urban planning and development finance in 1981 when she was recruited to run for Congress against a first-term Republican. In a massive upset that drew national attention, Marcy ousted her opponent and has has served Ohio’s 9th Congressional District for 37 years, building a strong, wide base of constituent support that has weathered even partisan gerrymandering. She is renowned for her extraordinary intelligence, a steady approach to legislating, and a dogged determination to champion underdogs.
Currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, Marcy ranks among the most senior members of the 116th Congress and represents a constituency of farmers, car manufacturers, and steelworkers. She refuses to accept Congressional fundraises, instead donating them to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes in her home community.
On healthcare . . .
According to her government website, Marcy “was named the National Mental Health Association's "Legislator of the Year" for her championing mental health and received the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.”
On the environment . . .
Marcy is enormously invested in protecting and preserving the environment, with an emphasis on Lake Erie as her district stretches along much of its shoreline. Throughout her time in Congress, she has grown the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge by more than 50 percent, directed funding to the research and oversight of invasive, nonnative species that threaten the Great Lakes ecosystems,
Plans for Economy
Marcy currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee. According to her government website, “top priorities include efforts to stop poorly negotiated trade agreements, to advocate for increased US-based manufacturing, to protect… retirement security through earned pensions and Social Security benefits… she focuses on efforts to protect the natural resource of Lake Erie and has advocated for American energy independence through increased funding for renewable energy programs and research, such as wind and solar.” In November 2019, Marcy announced a nearly $9M supporting solar energy R&D in Northern Ohio.
Recent, concrete steps Marcy has taken to reform issues with the cost of education have been the introduction of the Transform Student Debt to Home Equity Act of 2019, which would establish a pilot program to connect creditworthy federal student debt holders with housing properties for sale but held by the federal government and landbanks. In the wake of covid-19, she has led a letter with Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) urging student loan servicers to provide relief to borrowers during the crisis.