There is no place like home. I should know since I still reside in my childhood home in Flatbush. There are so many great memories here. Both of my parents came here from Jamaica to have a better life. My mother, former New York City Council Member Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, took my brother and me to every type of community meeting. At these meetings, I experienced, first-hand, the importance of the government and the community working together to give hard-working people a chance at a better life.
My mother has been an inspiration to me my entire life. I watched her serve the people of Brooklyn. She became Council Member for New York City's 40th District in 1991 and it shaped my view of public service. While serving in office, she sponsored more than 300 pieces of legislation on a wide range of issues, including child welfare, education, health and mental health, economic development, public safety, and transportation. Watching her work hard for our community, I understood the importance of advocating for our family, friends, and neighbors. This work inspired me to follow in her footsteps, making us the first mother-daughter succession in New York City's Council's history.
First elected to Congress in 2006, I have worked tirelessly to improve the lives and opportunities of constituents in Brooklyn’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, parts of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sheepshead Bay Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Ocean Hill, and Flatlands, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Windsor Terrace. Alongside my colleagues, I worked to ensure the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the signature achievement of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency not only passed but provided coverage for 96% of Americans. I worked steadfastly to narrow income inequality, support small businesses, and help Brooklyn homeowners. I introduced bills, such as, the Adjusting for Income Disparity Act to create a new tax break for low-income families, and introduced the Save Our Neighborhoods Act, granting homeowners facing foreclosure new legal rights so they could keep their homes.
I am proud of the work I have accomplished on behalf of the 9th Congressional District. I am honored to continue the legacy of excellence set forth by many trailblazing Brooklynites including my mother, but also, the late Honorable Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman and Caribbean-American elected to Congress and Congressman Major Owens. I want to continue to fight for you and help bring more jobs and affordable housing to our community.
I want you to know that I will keep pressing forward to make health care, housing, immigration, and childcare more accessible and affordable to all. I will work tirelessly towards a 21st Century immigration system worthy of our great nation. I will champion with unwavering determination the causes of women's rights and children's issues, entrepreneurial opportunity, and small business support.
I am asking for your continued support as we work together to build a stronger future for all. Brooklyn is the birthplace of the Resistance and I am a proud member. Join me in the fight.
Yours in Service,