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Suzanne Kosmas is currently serving the 24th Congressional District of Florida

Suzanne Kosmas has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 24th district of the State of Florida, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies

Balanced Budget

Kosmas says she will work to reduce wasteful spending and create accountability. [1]

Iraq War

Kosmas supports removing American troops from Iraq. [1]

Ethics Reform

Kosmas says on her campaign website that she is committed to real ethics reform. She says she will support increasing the amount of disclosure and transparency required for members of Congress and lobbyists, extending the lobbying ban on former members of Congress to five years, forcing lobbyists to publicly disclose the legislators they are lobbying and what legislation they were trying to influence and creating an independent agency to oversee and enforce lobbying rules and ethics. Kosmas has also made personal commitments to increasing transparency, she vows to never accept a pay raise while in Congress (she would send money back to the Treasury), never lobby after she has left Congress, post her daily schedule, earmark requests and votes on her Congressional website. [1]

Education

Kosmas supports giving teachers and schools the proper funding, and tools necessary. She also believes that creating accountability and flexibility is important in developing the best possible education system, as well as having federal government work with local government and schools to create plans that work. [1]

Taxes

To alleviate the taxes on the middle class, Kosmas supports closing loopholes and tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs. [1]

Energy

Kosmas supports having consistent investment in sustainable energy alternatives,especially in research and development that will lower gas prices and increase energy independence. [1]

Social Security

Kosmas does not support privitization of Social Security, and says she will oppose any plan that does. [1]

Healthcare

In order to fix the healthcare system, Kosmas says she will work to ensure that there is accessible, high quality care for all Americans. She says she would support investing more in children's healthcare, creating a better prescription drug plan, and lowering costs. Kosmas also supports funding stem cell research. [1]

Veterans

Kosmas supports the following policies to help veterans and their families: amending the Service Member's Relief Act to protect veterans from eviction and foreclosure on their homes, fully funding all veterans' services, ensuring all veterans are screened upon return for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries,and extending the time that veterans can seek mental health services for free from 2 years to 5 years. She also supports raising military pay, and an additional bonus for all service members held after their enlistment period. She also pledges to ensure that funding is available for soldiers to get the proper equipment, including additional mine resistant, ambush-protected vehicles. [1]

Bio

Kosmas is a former State Representative and a small business owner.[2]

2008 elections

Kosmas won the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) in the 2008 congressional elections.[3][4]. Kosmas defeated incumbent Tom Feeney in November 2008 general elections. [5]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases.

Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Suzanne Kosmas. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00029370&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Committees and affiliations

Committees

Kosmas is assigned to House Committee on Financial Services.

Affiliations

More background data

Contact

Campaign Contact Information

Campaign Office:
920 3rd Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170

Mailing Address:
Kosmas for Congress
P.O. Box 1547
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170

Email: info@kosmasforcongress.com

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 On the Issues| Suzanne Kosmas for Congress
  2. Kosmas for Congress
  3. 2008 Race Tracker page on Florida's 24th Congressional District
  4. Official Suzanne Kosmas for Congress website
  5. "Florida 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Ranking Member On:

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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Yes
Previous Political Work?
Florida House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 1000 City Center Circle, 2nd Floor, Port Orange, FL 32129
Phone: 386-756-9798 / Fax: 386-756-9903
2. 12424 Research Parkway, Ste 135, Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: 407-208-1106 / Fax: 407-208-1108




Campaign Contact:

Website: http://kosmasforcongress.com/
Webform Email: / Email: info@kosmasforcongress.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Kosmas for Congress, P.O. Box 1547, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170
Phone: / Fax:



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Date of Birth: February 25, 1944