Elected officials address Leadership Conference
September 23rd, 2019
Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-Irvine) defeated incumbent Mimi Walters in 2018 with the help of NUHW volunteers who knocked on doors and participated in phone banks reaching out to voters in her district. Porter, a former professor at UC Irvine School of Law, has not disappointed in Congress. One of the first bills she introduced was bipartisan legislation to improve insurers’ compliance with mental health parity laws.
In her remarks at NUHW’s 2019 Leadership Conference, Katie thanked NUHW members for helping to elect her and outlines her goals for passing laws that improve the lives of workers and force insurers to provide real parity for mental health care.
Josh Newman’s victory in a 2016 State Senate race heralded last year’s wave of pro-worker candidates winning races in Orange County and other parts of Southern California that voted for corporate-backed candidates. While in office, Newman stood by NUHW members at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center, and supported pro-worker legislation and single-payer health care in the state Legislature. Unfortunately, Newman was recalled before last year’s general election over his vote to increase the gas tax to fund road and mass transit projects. In his speech at our Leadership Conference, Newman thanked NUHW members for our continued support.