The 9th district, tucked in Virginia’s southwestern corner, is our home.
While we may be rural folks, nothing has stopped us from making huge contributions to the success of our country. Our coal miners, whose sweat and blood helped power the American economy to its dizzying heights, are some of the toughest and most resilient workers in the world.
Our teachers, researchers, and scientists have contributed to major innovations in the fields of agriculture, biology, transportation, and engineering.
But there is no denying that our Appalachian home is now facing an existential crisis that affects working families all across the district – and our current politicians don’t seem to care.
The poverty rate for working age residents of the 9th district is nearly 30% higher than the national average, and the median household income is nearly $15,000 a year less than the national average. This is unacceptable- there is no reason why Southwest Virginia should be falling behind the rest of the country.
That’s why I support several ideas for federal projects that would directly benefit our region. These include starting new infrastructure projects and expanding internet and cellphone service.
As Appalachia’s strongest advocate in Congress, I will push for significantly increased federal investment for all the current programs that benefit Southwest Virginia, and create some new ones.