The national poverty rate in 2009 was 12.4% and in 2015 14.6%. The United States has one of highest rates of child poverty of any nation in the developed world.

Women, the cornerstone of many families, are pushed into poverty more than men.

In the book Ending Poverty, “A 20/20 Vision, Lutheran Voices,” Maeker and Rogness state, “The fundamental reasons for poverty are a lack of educational attainment and disconnection of (the individual) from family and/or community.”

  • I support an economy that provides an adequate education for every child, job retraining, an adequate support system for those trapped in poverty and room at the table for everyone.