Joe was born and raised in Upstate New York and has lived in the same Irondequoit neighborhood for most of his life. The son of a Korean war veteran and lifelong Plumbers and Pipefitters union member, Joe learned early on from his parents the value of hard work and the principles of honesty and integrity. These ideals led him to pursue public service, where he has represented our community first in the County Legislature, then in the New York State Assembly as Majority Leader, and now in the United States House of Representatives where he serves on the Budget, Education and Labor, and Rules committees.
Joe believes the most important investment we can make in our community is to invest in the people who call it home. As a former small business owner, Joe understands what it takes to build an economy that works for working people. That is why he is fighting to expand access to childcare for working families, increase the availability of affordable housing, strengthen workforce training programs, and create a national living wage.
Every day Joe goes to work fighting to protect and advance our Democratic values and stand up to those who seek to erode them. In Washington, Joe has helped lead the charge to combat the effects of climate change, he is working tirelessly to enact common-sense gun reform measures, he remains committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose, and he will continue to fight for the equal rights of all people who call our nation home.
FIXING HEALTH CARE
Expanding access to healthcare and lowering costs remains one of Joe’s top priorities. During his first year in Congress, Joe has helped lead efforts to end surprise medical billing, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and maintain critical protections for people with preexisting conditions. And Joe will continue to fight back against President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.