B.A. in History and Economics, Yale University; MPA, University of Southern California; Ph.D. in Public Administration, Syracuse University
KEY HEALTH LINK
On her campaign website, Bourdeaux reveals that her father had a long-term debilitating illness, noting that her mother was his caregiver for over ten years and sharing that the prescription drugs drained their bank account, ultimately causing the family to file bankruptcy.
Director, Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Bourdeaux is the first Democrat to hold this seat since 1995. In 2018, Bourdeaux ran against incumbent Republican Ron Woodall in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. In 2020, Bourdeaux ran against Republican Rich McCormick to succeed Woodall in the same district.
Rob Woodall (R), retired
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Associate Professor of Policy Studies, Georgia State University; Director, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University
Early in her career, Bourdeaux worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ron Wyden. She has since served as Director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, Chair of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management and Director at the Center for State and Local Finance at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She has been a professor at Georgia State University since 2003.
On The Issues
During her campaign, Bourdeaux criticized her opponent, Rich McCormick, for comments he made regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including his support of a "herd immunity" strategy to combat the disease.
Bourdeaux supports expanding the ACA with a public health insurance option that competes with private insurance plans. She also supports lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 50. She wants to see health care insurance decoupled from employment.
Bourdeaux is supportive of medical marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Bourdeaux is supportive of allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices of prescription drugs. She is also supportive of allowing Americans to purchase drugs from other countries that have been rated as safe by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Bourdeaux supports increased funding for the Veterans Health Administration. She intends to work to increase access to mental health and telehealth resources, as well as childcare options for service members.
Bourdeaux is pro-choice. While a member of Congress, she intends to support legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into law, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, support paid family medical leave programs and lower maternal mortality rates. Bourdeaux has been endorsed by EMILY's List, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Women's Political Caucus.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Bourdeaux intends to work to end surprise medical billing while a member of Congress.
Bourdeaux wants Georgia to expand Medicaid, particularly to bolster rural health access.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bourdeaux’s father was a school teacher who left his position to start a business selling paper animal hats. Their misadventures in the paper hat business became the subject of her application essay to Yale University.