“Throughout my first term in Congress, healthcare has been my top priority. I have been working to ensure that every person has quality, affordable healthcare. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the care, medication, or life-saving treatments they need. No one should lose or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and no one fighting a serious illness should face the fear of lifetime coverage caps.”
Abigail Spanberger has always served her country and community. After graduating from Universtiy of Virginia in 2001, she moved to Germany and earned her MBA in a German-American program run jointly by GISMA Business School and Purdue University.
Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Later she joined the CIA as a case officer. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States.
In 2014, Spanberger left government service for a career in the private sector, bringing her family back home to Virginia. In 2018, she became the first Democrat since 1968 to be elected to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional district.
ON THE ISSUES
• "Ensuring reproductive freedom for the women in Central VA is good for families and for our economy. I am honored to be endorsed by @NARAL Pro-Choice America." (www.facebook.com)
• As a former federal law enforcement officer, Spanberger recognizes the critical importance of keeping our communities safe and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions that harm others. But she also knows that for far too many Americans, injustices pervade our criminal justice system and later endanger their ability to receive a quality education, find fulfilling employment, or support their families. In Congress, one of Rep. Spanberger’s top priorities is to help pass meaningful, bipartisan criminal justice reform, including legislation to reduce mass incarceration, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and treat drug addiction like a public health issue, not a crime.
• "Today, I urged House Committee leaders to stabilize the ACA & build a real strategy for expanding healthcare coverage. Affordable healthcare is one of the best economic investments we can make as a country." (twitter.com)
"I support efforts to bring greater transparency to campaign finance, overturn Citizens United, and block illegal foreign funds from influencing our elections." abigailspanberger.com)
• Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
• "I am committed to finding real, bipartisan solutions to fix our immigration system, and I will work with anyone to create a proposal for immigration reform that ensures border security, takes into account the needs of our workforce, respects our values and history, gives certainty to DACA recipients, and creates an earned pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living here as long as they abide by the law, work hard, nd pay taxes." (votesmart.org)
• Public schools are the social and economic backbone of our cities, towns, and rural communities. Rep. Spanberger is fighting in Congress to give every child access to a high-quality public education, and she is opposed to any effort to privatize our public education system. Congress can do more to address educational disparities among underserved populations, improve career and technical education programs, and make sure teachers have secure retirements.
• Led the introduction of the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act, which passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 403 to 0
• Cosponsored and passed the Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Actto give Medicare the power to directly negotiate drug prices
POLITICS IN Virginia
• Spanberger prevailed in a district Biden won by just 1.1%.
• This House seat had been in Republican hands since 1971 when Spanberger won in 2018, 50% to 48%. In 2016, Trump won in this district, 51% to Clinton’s 44%. In 2020, Biden beat Trump, 49.8% to 48.7%, while Spanberger beat her opponent, Freitas, 50.8% to 49%. winning by 8,270 votes.(Ballotopedia)
• Virginia now has 11 Representatives: four Republicans, seven Democrats Both Senators are Democrats, as is the governor.
• House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittees on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment and Asia, the Pacific, & Nonproliferation.
• House Committee on Agriculture
Chair, Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee
Commodity Exchanges, Energy, & Credit Subcommittee
• House Foreign Affairs Committee
Vice-Chair, Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee
Asia, the Pacific, & Nonproliferation Subcommittee.