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U.S. House, District 3

In early 2017, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Richardson, announced he would retire after 26 years in Congress. Texas’ 3rd Congressional District is strongly Republican and covers much of Collin County, including McKinney, Plano, Frisco and a portion of Dallas. Democrat Lorie Burch, an attorney, will face Plano Republican Van Taylor in November. Taylor stepped down from his state Senate seat to run for Congress.

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    Lorie Burch

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 41
Education B.S. from Trinity University J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law
Campaign Phone 469-305-2907
Website http://lorieburchforcongress.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LorieBurchforCongress/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LorieB4Congress
The issue of decreased funding for public education has created problems for school districts across the country, and Texas is no different. Education is the great equalizer in our state - and in our nation. If we are to continue to compete in a global marketplace, our education system needs to provide every student with equal opportunities for advancement and learning. We must provide educators with proper resources so that we may retain the talented individuals who are serving in our schools. When we cut back on education spending today, we do ourselves and our children no favors tomorrow. As a Congressional Representative, I will support legislation that allows for public schools to receive the funding necessary to provide all children with the Free and Appropriate Public Education that is promised to them under federal law.
During my time as a candidate, I have had the opportunity to meet with many teachers and parents - particularly parents of children with disabilities, who are terrified of how the voucher system would impact their child’s education. In order to ensure that our public schools have the funding they need, I will strongly oppose any voucher system that allocates our public school money to schools which are not required to meet the same academic standards. We must invest in our public schools in order to invest in the future of our nation. I am also in support of legislation to reduce the economic burden of college for all students. Education shouldn’t be accessible only to those who can afford it.
Yes - America has a problem with gun violence. In order to be sure that our Congress addresses this issue, we must elect leaders who are committed to campaign finance reform. I have committed to running my campaign without money from PACs or special interests because we can no longer accept our leaders taking money from groups like the NRA.

As a Congresswoman, I plan to work with state and local leaders to strengthen current common-sense gun safety measures and make sure that these laws are consistently enforced. This includes working to close loopholes in the current laws - such as the "boyfriend", "gun show", and "default proceed" loopholes. We must also fund research by the CDC on gun violence in order to implement the most effective solutions for this problem. New research may help us better understand the relationship between mental health and gun deaths – something desperately needed when roughly two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States are a result of suicide.
I oppose a full repeal of all provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is far from perfect, but we should work to improve our current system rather than scrapping it and throwing the insurance market into chaos. For instance, we should continue to ensure coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Instead of defunding and dismantling Medicaid and Medicare, we should seek to expand these programs. Our eventual goal should be to provide affordable health care coverage to all citizens. A single-payer healthcare system is possible in the United States, and Congress should take action to move toward this goal.
1. Additional funding for public education in order to address the diverse and ever-growing student population served by our schools. 2. Expansion of public transportation projects - particularly in urban and suburban areas - is necessary in order to provide individuals in these areas with the ability to commute to their jobs and schools. Providing greater ease of access to schools and the workplace will be beneficial for our economy and prevent continued issues with air quality in urban areas and strain on aging highway infrastructure. 2. Growth of clean air and water initiatives. A combination of global climate change and an increasing population are predicted to result in shortages of clean water and significant air quality issues. We must combat these issues now in order to prevent future crises.
A secure border and proper vetting of visa applicants are vital to our nation’s safety. At the same time, the current visa backlog for individuals attempting to enter the country legally must be managed more efficiently. We should encourage skilled professionals and family members of current residents and citizens to enter our country - and provide them with a reasonable avenue to do so.

We also need to have options for those who are here illegally and who have demonstrated that they are willing to comply with our laws. When we give these folks a pathway to citizenship instead of creating a system that forces them to hide from authority, we also hold them accountable to the laws of our communities and the economic responsibilities that come with American citizenship. We need legislation to create a permanent fix for roughly 800,000 Dreamers and DACA recipients and to grant amnesty to those who have not committed a violent offense.
When I was young, my family moved to Indonesia for my stepfather's job. There, I attended an international school where I was exposed to many different cultures and had the opportunity to interact with individuals I would otherwise never have met. This experience shaped my worldview and inspired me to advocate for others. This is what motivated me to become an attorney, and to work tirelessly to better our community and defend the rights of every person to be treated with dignity and respect.
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