As a breast cancer survivor, I have a pre-existing condition and that makes health care an issue that is personal to me. I believe health care is a human right, and I will work to ensure everyone has access to high quality affordable care. I will fight to reduce out-of-control prescription drug costs and support opening Medicare enrollment to any American who chooses it while keeping the existing private options in place for people who would prefer them.
Climate & Flood Resiliency
In Houston, we see a “once every 500 years” flood like Hurricane Harvey almost every year - one of the local consequences of climate change, a global threat that is already having an impact on every Houston family and business. I support flood recovery and resilience initiatives and efforts to accelerate the growth of a robust energy marketplace that includes renewables like wind energy, where Texas is already a global leader.
As an immigrant, I know first-hand the power of a quality education. My family escaped revolution in Iran to start a new life in America, ultimately building job-creating businesses and lives that embody the American dream. Education powered our success. I’ll work to make sure every student in our community has the opportunity to succeed, that our teachers are paid well, that college is affordable and that student loans don’t saddle graduates with crippling debt.
Jobs & the Economy
Houston is a community full of hard-working people and the home to the cutting edge industries that will fuel the economy into the future. From health care and medical research to energy production and technology, we are a diverse city of innovators, and our economy should work for all of us. In Congress, I will work to ensure our economy grows in ways that are fair and sustainable, providing a livable wage and fully supporting Houston’s role as a world leader in renewable energy.
Women & Women’s Health Care
Though we account for more than half of the population of the United States, the assault on women and women’s health care has reached a fever pitch in Texas and across the country in recent years. Representation and leadership is urgently needed to protect women’s right to reproductive health care and to make choices about our own bodies. We need to close the wage gap that affects all women and women of color in particular, and ensure equal pay for equal work. We need to end workplace harassment and its devastating effects. We need a national paid family leave policy. And we must come together to address growing rates of violence against women.
Every American deserves to be treated fairly and be protected from discrimination. That’s why I will work in Congress to enforce and expand existing federal landmark laws to provide protection for the LGBTQ+ community. This includes supporting a federal Equality Act that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Common-Sense Gun Reform
As someone who grew up hunting with my father, I know the importance of responsible gun ownership. As an American and as a Texan, I’ve also witnessed the growing epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. I support the same common-sense gun violence prevention that most Americans support, including background checks, closing the gun show loopholes, and “red flag” laws.
My family fled to America to escape persecution in my birth country, Iran. We found opportunity and freedom in the United States. In this land of hope and opportunity, we built successful businesses that created jobs, earned our education, became involved in our community, raised wonderful children, and live the American Dream. America should remain a beacon of freedom, and families fleeing persecution and extreme danger should not be treated like criminals while they wait to learn a court’s decision on if we will welcome them permanently.