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Unwavering Support for Women

For too long, too many politicians in Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – have treated women’s constitutional rights, economic opportunity, access to healthcare, and societal status as a bargaining chip in negotiation. In Congress, my bedrock support for women, their health, their opportunity, their choice, and their freedom will never be a bargaining chip. It will be a foundational principle on which I base my representation of Texas 21 and my votes on complex legislation.

Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose

I fully believe, affirm, and support a women’s right to choose. This is a fundamental right, anchored in privacy and personal domain, and should never be influenced by politicians. The notion that any politician – Democrat or Republican, man or woman – should have any say over what a woman can and cannot do with her body is preposterous. In Congress, I will stand in strong opposition to bills that attempt to leverage women’s constitutional rights or that attempt to roll the clock back on women’s health and safety.

Planned Parenthood Funding


Texas has proven to be a case study in the need to protect funding for the vital healthcare services that Planned Parenthood provides its patients. The heartbreaking stories of healthcare deserts that have been created by Planned Parenthood clinics being forced to shut down, when at times they were the only accessible opportunity for prenatal care, gynecological care, oncological care and other basic needs, could fill a book. The most devastating of these stories has been Texas’ meteoric rise to the worst ends of maternal death rates.

Access to Birth Control

Birth control saves lives and the attack on access must end.

I will advocate for expanded and more strongly protected coverage through the insurance markets. We must ensure that not only do we keep birth control accessible to the populations that need it, but that it also remains to them as well. Often times, availability over the counter can mean that some of the communities that most vulnerable, and would most benefit from universal access, are priced out of receiving the care they need.

Family Leave

The U.S. is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t offer families the support they need in the form of paid parental leave. In Congress, I will fight to change the perception of paid family leave from a luxury to the modern necessity it is for many families today.


WIC & SNAP are not bargaining chips; they are essential parts of the social safety net. They form the basic tenets of a government’s social contract with its citizens and are a key indicator of how we as society take care of the least among us. They are essential, precious investments in our family, our friends, our neighbors, and more broadly our citizens. It will always be a priority of mine to protect and strengthen these programs that are vital to so many women, single parents, young children, and families.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Pay equity is a fundamental, common sense tenet of fairness in a modern society. This should be uncontroversial and it is inexcusable that we are still in a place in society where women make $0.77 on the dollar, and more egregiously, African American women make $0.65 on the dollar and Latina women make $0.59 on the dollar. In Congress, one of my main priorities will be ensuring that we institute accountable, verifiable, trackable incentives to bring a reality to pay parity.

Open Opportunity

Through the adventures that have filled my professional career to date, I have experienced jobs and opportunities that society has wrongfully geared towards men. At every opportunity, I insisted on making the Army, and later entrepreneurship in the STEM field, an open, enticing, and reachable opportunity for anybody who aspires into those ranks. I will seek to leverage my platform in Congress, and in the broader region of Central Texas to continue that insistence that opportunities are open for all. Where there is capacity, I will bring down federal dollars to support programs specifically geared towards creating opportunities for women and young girls. Where there is not that opportunity, I will use my voice as a means to echo and otherwise codify the furthest reaches of their dreams.

Raising the Minimum Wage

When Congressman Lamar Smith was first elected to Congress in 1986, the minimum wage was indeed a wage for those entering the job market and seeking to gain experience in their first professional roles. The reality today is much different: adult women make up 60% of minimum wage earners and 80% of single parents earning minimum wage are women. I will fight with great fervor to increase the minimum wage to a living wage: $15 per hour and indexed to inflation. This is one of the simplest things we as a society can do to lift millions of Americans out of poverty.