Karen Handel


Occupation: United States Congresswoman

Previous elected offices held: Secretary of State; Chairman, Fulton County Commission

Other community service experience: President, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Regional Commission, Joint Economic Committee, Drake House.

What is motivating you to run for Congress?

The people of the 6th District, our great state and this exceptional nation are my motivation. The citizens here know me and know my deep commitment to working on their behalf. My business roles, public service and my own personal experiences — along with my nearly 25 years as a resident of the 6th District — give me a unique perspective and broad understanding of the issues facing our community. As a first-term member of Congress, I have helped to deliver meaningful results on important policy matters — reducing taxes, creating jobs and helping to combat opioids and end human trafficking.

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

In Congress, we can’t be single-issue. I have three focuses: Fostering economic prosperity for all; ensuring safety of families; and expanding access and lowering costs for healthcare. Economic prosperity grows with low taxes and less regulation. The tax cut for the average 6th District family is more than $4,4000; unemployment is the lowest in decades. Our communities are safer thanks to historic investments in our military, school safety and combating opioids and human trafficking. On healthcare, while more needs to be done, we’ve expanded health savings accounts, association health plans, protected those with pre-existing conditions and passed “Right to Try.”

John Ruch

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