Twenty for 2020: The Work of a Freshman Democrat

Congratulations, you just got elected to Congress. Now what?

Our series, Twenty for 2020, helps illustrate the “what” beyond what many think is the job of member of Congress.

We’re following twenty freshman Democrats as they navigate their roles in the House. Stick with us as we follow their triumphs, challenges, and all the events that typically don’t make national news but do have an effect on the lives of those they represent. Read more here.


Rep. Abby Finkenauer  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Rep. Finkenauer Announces Nearly $750,000 to Support Iowa Healthcare Centers

Rep. Abby Finkenauer has announced nearly $750,000 in grants to support healthcare centers in her district.  The federal government funding will go to the Crescent Community Health Center, Eastern Iowa Health Center, and the People’s Community Health Clinic. According to her office, the money will help the three health centers provide affordable and accessible healthcare to...

Rep. Harley Rouda (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
Rep. Rouda Helping Veterans Claim Delayed Benefits During Pandemic

The Orange County Veterans Service Office (OCVSO) has been severely understaffed during the coronavirus pandemic, with only three out of seven staff positions filled. That has led to long wait times for veterans trying to claim their benefits.  Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) has teamed up with other legislators to express their concerns, sending a letter...

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Rep. Underwood Introduces Bill to Help Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine

Immunization rates have dropped to dangerously low levels during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Rep. Lauren Underwood has teamed up with other lawmakers to reverse this decline.  Underwood introduced legislation that would prepare for the eventual creation of COVID-19 vaccine and encourage the community to use...

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How Rep. Cisneros Is Working to Help the Child Care Industry During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the child care industry. Rep. Gilbert Cisneros (D-CA) is teaming up with other legislators to fix it.

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Brindisi Announces Over $900,000 in Grants for Fire Departments, Housing

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) announced over $900,000 in grants for both public housing authorities and fire departments in need of funding during the coronavirus pandemic.  “We all need to look out for each other during this crisis, and these funds will help ensure we have our neighbors’ backs. I’ll keep working with our communities to...

Rep. Jared Golden (AP)
Rep. Golden Works To Improve Internet Access for Small Businesses During Pandemic

Rep. Jared Golden is working to improve high speed internet for rural areas in Maine by helping small businesses build the “last mile” of broadband infrastructure.  For many small businesses in rural areas, access to reliably fast internet speeds is a challenge, one that has become more apparent during the pandemic. Existing broadband infrastructure is...

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How Rep. Torres Small Is Working to Get Telehealth Services to Rural Areas

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) has backed legislation that aims to expand telehealth services for veterans in rural or medically-underserved communities.