Betty Sutton is running for a seat in Congress representing Ohio's 16th District (Northeast Oltis: Median, Wooster, Strongsville). Sutton is the current incumbent in Ohio's 13th District. Due to GOP directed re-districting, Sutton must now run in the newly formed 16th District.
Prospect and Opponents: Congresswoman Sutton is running against Republican incumbent Congressman James Renacci, current representative of District 16, and Libertarian Jeffrey Blevins. The GOP driven redistricting threatens Sutton's re-election campaign. Although Renacci's approval rating sits close to only 30%, the race is incredibly close. The race is rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. Sutton's victory is crucial in regaining a Democratic majority in the House.
Background and Legislative Achievements: A graduate of Kent State University and University of Akron School of Law, Sutton is an attorney who specialized in labor law. Sutton has a long history of public service and legislative experience. In 1993, Sutton was the youngest woman elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and served for 8 years. In 2006, Sutton was elected to the US House of Representatives in Ohio's 13th District, where she currently serves. In her tenure in public service, Sutton is a fierce advocate for women, and has advocated for reproductive choice, LGBT rights, affordable healthcare, and economic security. In her career, Sutton:
- Co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
- Consistently votes pro-choice
- Authored the "Cash for Clunkers" Act, which resulted in an estimated $3.8-638 billion increase in GDP and saved/created more than 60,000 jobs
- Serves as Co-Chair of Congressional Task Force; Vice-Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Labor Council
Other Endorsements: EMILY's List; National Association of Social Workers; WILL
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