Washington, DC — Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-6), who announces her retirement today, has had a long career of fighting for justice, peace and progressive change. Self-described as `the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress,’ Woolsey went to Washington to stand up for low income and middle class people and especially for education, children and families. As part of this mission, she served as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future said, “Today’s announcement from progressive champion, Lynn Woolsey, marks the culmination of a distinguished Congressional career. For two decades Congresswoman Woolsey has worked tirelessly on behalf of America’s working class families and advocated for some of our nation’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised.” Borosage also praised her for her role in forming the Congressional Out-of-Iraq Caucus.
Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future said, “As a reliable advocate for preserving and strengthening America’s safety net, Ms. Woolsey has long fought to ensure that promises made to our current and future seniors remain promises kept. While her leadership will, undoubtedly, be missed, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey leaves behind a lasting legacy and track record of fighting for justice that future progressive leaders will follow.”
Always an adamant advocate for universal healthcare Woolsey, in her own words has worked to make sure that “no longer will females be considered a pre-existing condition.” Hickey, praised her for her sponsorship of the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act. The act would establish a robust public health insurance option as a supplement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.