B.A. in History, Harvard University; J.D., University of Michigan
KEY HEALTH LINK
Manning was inspired to run for Congress after helping her daughter’s years-long fight for access to health care for her chronic disease and getting frustrated by threats to “take away health care from millions of people” by repealing the ACA.
Never held elected office
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
After North Carolina was ordered to redraw its Congressional map, Manning chose to run for Congress in the 6th district. Manning won the Democratic nomination in a field of five candidates. She ran against Republican Lee Haywood to succeed retiring Republican Mark Walker in representing the district.
Mark Walker (R), retired
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Partner, Manning and Associates
Manning is a partner at a firm where she practices immigration law. She served as director of the Jewish Federations of North America. Manning was the Democratic candidate in 2018 for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, losing to incumbent Republican Ted Budd.
On The Issues
Manning has criticized President Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including his not wearing masks, not social distancing, not leading more in PPE production and not working enough to expand testing and contact tracing.
Manning is a proponent of the ACA and expanding it to include a public option/universal coverage.
Manning opposes prison sentences for marijuana possession, but is undecided regarding legalization.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Manning supports increasing access to mental health and addiction treatment, particularly to fight the opioid crisis. Manning has said that, "We need to be working with first responders to make sure they have the support and medications that they need. We need to make sure there are the treatment centers that will help people get over their addiction, but first and foremost we need to make sure that we're not throwing people off their health insurance [by not protecting people with pre-existing conditions}..."
Manning believes that Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies and that more should be done to prevent price gouging.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Manning believes that, "Our heroes deserve access to affordable and excellent continuing education top-quality and timely health care and economic opportunities when they come home."
Manning is pro-choice. She has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and EMILY's List.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
One of Manning's daughters lives with a chronic illness, giving her firsthand experience of the frustrations caused by dealing with the health care system.
DID YOU KNOW?
Manning was the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Federations of North America, which is one of the largest charitable, faith-based organizations in the world. While attending undergrad at Harvard, she was the co-founder of their first all-female acapella group, The Radcliffe Pitches.