On the Issues

Kathy believes that every child deserves a good education and she has worked hard to ensure that each student has the chance to succeed through her work with Pell Grants, student loans, Upward Bound and Head Start.  She has also worked diligently to fend off Republican cuts to students, schools, colleges and universities.


Kathy is a proven leader when it comes to environmental protection, clean energy, smart growth management policies and maintaining a flourishing natural environment.  She is concerned about the quality of the environment and is dedicated to protecting Florida’s beaches, unique ecosystems, and the economies that rely on them.  In Congress, Kathy leads the fight for complete gulf coast restoration in the aftermath of the BP oil blowout.  She authored the Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make the 235-mile drilling ban off of Florida’s west coast permanent, and in June

Kathy spearheaded new jobs and investments in the Tampa Bay area, including the Port of Tampa, Port Manatee, University of South Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa International Airport, MacDill Airforce Base, and new and expanded community health centers.  She also worked to bring new jobs to redevelop downtown Tampa and Encore and improve local transportation through the I-4 Selmon Crosstown Connector.

Kathy is an outspoken champion for Medicare and our older neighbors.  She is fighting back against the recent Republican efforts to end Medicare as we know it, which would increase costs for beneficiaries and prorate senior healthcare through vouchers.  The GOP plan breaks the fundamental promise of Medicare – the promise that if you work hard all of your life and pay your dues, that Medicare will be there for you in your retirement.



Kathy knows the importance of investing in Tampa Bay’s transportation and infrastructure.  Infrastructure investments create jobs, grow the economy, and improve the quality of life for residents.

The new I-4 Selmon Crosstown Connector that Kathy championed is the backbone of future expansion for the Port of Tampa.  The construction created almost 13,000 local jobs.  Kathy continues to work hand-in-hand with the Tampa International Airport, the Port of Tampa and local agencies to keep economic growth on track.


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