Following the discovery that one of her children was being bullied in school, Newman created a nonprofit organization called Team Up to Stop Bullying with support from Sears. Due to this effort, Newman was appointed by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to a regional anti-bullying task force and was asked by Sears Holdings Corporation to establish a national anti-bullying coalition of 70 nonprofit organizations.
Never held elected office
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Newman lost the Democratic primary in 2018 to Dan Lipinski. Newman was supported by a number of progressive advocacy organizations, including Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement. In 2020, Newman narrowly defeated Lipinski, who, between him and his father, held the seat since 1983.
Dan Lipinski (D), defeated in primary
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
President, Marie Newman & Associates (a strategic marketing consultancy)
Newman worked at various marketing agencies and opened her own strategic marketing firm in 2005. Newman was appointed by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to a regional anti-bullying task force. In 2018, Newman ran in the Democratic primary in the Illinois 3rd Congressional district against incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski, ultimately losing.
On The Issues
Newman supports following CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. In addition, her campaign has worked to compile resources for constituents in need during the pandemic.
Newman sees Medicare for All as "tried and true" and "the only practical solution," saying, "It is not only the best program, because it will actually contain costs and bring costs down, what I like best about it is that we don't have to keep being restrictive. [Other plans] still have this highly restrictive network and you're still going to be charged unpredictable deductibles and out-of-pocket[s]; pharmaceuticals will continue to skyrocket."
Newman supports the federal legalization of marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Newman intends to work to "[bring] mental health services to all health care facilities, [decrease] the stigma of mental health diagnoses, and [restore] a budget for mental health research." Newman intends to work to combat the opioid crisis by "passing the CARE Act, which would expand funding for treatment, support, and research on addiction through a 2% a “wealth tax” on ultra-millionaires," "reduc[ing] opioid prescriptions by appropriating funding to research alternative treatments to pain and increasing federal penalties for pharmaceutical companies that overprescribe," "educating health care providers about new initiatives for treatment and alternatives to opioids," "expanding access and funding for addiction treatment and facilities in communities that need them the most" and "[increasing] the use of Naloxone by first responders."
As a member of Congress, Newman intends to work to "reduce drug pricing significantly with negotiated pricing [and] trade with other countries."
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
As a member of Congress, Newman intends to work to expand medical care for Veterans through the VA system. This includes working to streamline the medical claims process and ensuring that the electronic medical records conversion happens on time and within budget. Newman also intends to work to expand access to mental health resources by increasing the number of locations where Veterans can seek care. In addition, Newman intends to work to increase the health and safety of active duty troops by calling for mandatory incinerator use, funding research on burn pit exposure, including burn pit exposure as a VA recognized disability, and pushing for "the recall and demotion of retired generals that allowed their troops to be exposed to the Afghanistan War version of 'Agent Orange.'"
Newman is pro-choice. She supports the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and supports the development of paid family leave policies. Newman has been endorsed by EMILY's List, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Newman stated she wants to increase funding for cancer therapy and cancer research while in Congress. She also wants to see paid leave for people who have a sick child.
DID YOU KNOW?
Following her election, Newman thanked her Republican general election opponent Mike Fricilone for running in the Republican primary against self-avowed neo-Nazi Art Jones, saying, “I would like to recognize Mike Fricilone for running a very passionate race and for stepping up to prove that every single one of us in the 3rd District stands against Art Jones and hate.”