Joseline Peña-Melnyk | MD-21

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A Proven Fighter for Working Families
I have fought for Maryland’s values of fairness and inclusiveness, and to build a stronger community – even when it is not easy. I’m going to keep fighting for fairness in Congress.

I know you share my deep disappointment with Congress these days. It will not be easy to fix, but we’ve got to step up to the task. I rolled up my sleeves and did the hard work to get more than 50 bills into law in Maryland — important laws that protect people against discrimination, improve health care, protect the Chesapeake Bay, fund our public schools, and promote sustainable transportation. I did it by listening to my constituents, talking to stakeholders from all sides, and building coalitions of supporters who back reasonable solutions. I will do the same for you in Congress.

As a young lawyer, I represented abused and neglected children.  Later, I helped keep our community safe as a prosecutor in Eric Holder’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Since 2007, I’ve represented parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland’s General Assembly.  I want to be your Congresswoman because I love public service – I’ve done it my whole life.

My husband and I have three kids at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  As a child, I was raised by my grandparents and later by my single mom, who worked in a garment factory and at other jobs.  The support of my extended family made all the difference to me.  Working families work hard to provide for themselves and I know that making ends meet is often a struggle for many.  I’ll fight to give our families and our children a fair chance to succeed.

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