Abigail Spanberger

Key Facts

Party Democrat
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Background

Spanberger graduated from a dual-degree German-American program between Purdue University and the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration with a masters in business administration. Spanberger is a former federal law enforcement officer for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and a case officer for the CIA. As a Representative, Spanberger co-sponsored the Hong Kong Autonomy Act which imposes sanctions on foreign individuals and entities that materially contribute to China’s failure to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy. She speaks English, Spanish, German, and French. She and her husband, Adam Spanberger, have three school-aged children.

Key Issues

Economy

Spanberger supports legislation that supports small businesses, reduces regulations, and invests in infrastructure that catalyzes growth such as broadband internet access. She is also working in Congress to increase investments in vocational training and apprenticeship programs for young people that prepare them for the economy.

Healthcare

Spanberger supports access to quality, affordable health insurance and expanded healthcare coverage for everyone. She believes in stabilizing and preserving the Affordable Care Act.

Corruption

Spanberger believes members of Congress should not be allowed to buy, sell, or trade stocks while they are in office. In order to promote stronger ethics rules, Spanberger has introduced legislation that would require lawmakers to place their stocks in a blind trust.

Immigration

Spanberger wants to reform the immigration system by formulating bipartisan solutions.

Civil Rights

Spanberger advocates for equal rights under the law and believes that no person should make less money, be denied government services, pay more for healthcare, lose a job or housing opportunities, or face discrimination in the community or workplace because of anything that defines them (e.g. gender, race, disability).

National Security

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Spanberger advocated for Congress to reassert its constitutional authority in decisions to send U.S. forces overseas.

Environment

Spanberger believes that climate change is a threat to national security. She advocates for investments in clean, renewable energy to combat climate change.

Endorsements

Blue Dog Coalition; Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Common Defense;  Communications Workers of America; Democratic Majority for Israel; Democrats Work for America;  Emerge America; EMILY’s List; End Citizens United; Equality PAC; Everytown for Gun Safety; Feminist Majority Equality Political Action Committee; Giffords; Humane Society Legislative Fund; Human Rights Campaign; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Jewish Democratic Council of America; J Street PAC;  Leadership Now Project;  League of Conservation Voters; LGBT Democrats of Virginia; NARAL Pro-Choice America; National Association of Social Workers; National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; National Education Association; National Organization for Women; NewDems Action Fund; New Politics; Newtown Action Alliance; NRDC Action Fund; Off The Sidelines; Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Population Connection Action Fund; Pride Fund to End Gun Violence; Progressive Turnout Project; Rachel’s Action Network; Serve America PAC; Sierra Club; The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 400 – Virginia; United States Chamber of Commerce; Virginia AFL-CIO; Virginia Education Association; Virginia National Organization for Women; Virginia Sierra Club; Voter Protection Project; VoteVets; Women’s Political Committee

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