Marcy Kaptur

Marcy Kaptur


Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur proudly represents the working people of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. She is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representitives and ranks among the most senior Members of the 116th Congress.


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Congresswoman Kaptur, a native Toledoan, lives in the same modest house where she grew up.

She is a Polish-American with humble, working class roots. Her family operated a small grocery store and her mother later served on the original organizing committee of a trade union at the Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo.

After graduating from St. Ursula Academy, she became the first member of her family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin (1968) and later a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

After working for 15 years as a city and regional planner, primarily in Toledo and Chicago, she accepted an appointment as a domestic policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter. During his Administration, she helped maneuver 17 housing and neighborhood revitalization bills through Congress.

In Congress
In 1981, while pursuing a doctorate in urban planning and development finance at MIT, she was recruited by the Lucas County Democratic Party to run for Congress against a first-term Republican. Although she was outspent by a 3-to-1 margin, Kaptur parlayed a strong economic message during the 1982 recession to stage a nationally-recognized upset.

In Washington, Kaptur fought vigorously to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Today she serves as the first woman to Chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which she considers an honor given the Ninth District stretches much of the southern Lake Erie coastline.

Kaptur also serves as a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. She uses this assignment to advocate for a number of military assets throughout northern Ohio, such as the Toledo Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing unit in Toledo, and Camp Perry, a National Guard training facility located near Port Clinton, which also hosts the Ohio Air National Guard’s 200th Red Horse Squadron, and the significant number of defense industrial base manufacturers throughout the district.

Congresswoman also serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation.



Work Experience

  • Director of planning, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs
    1975 to 1977
  • erved as assistant director for urban affairs, domestic policy staff
    Executive Office of the President
    1977 to 1979



Birth Year: 1946
Place of Birth: Toledo, OH
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic




Washington D.C Office
2186 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4146
Fax: (202) 225-7711

Cleveland Office
17021 Lorain
Cleveland, OH 44111
Phone: (216) 767-5933
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Lorain Office
200 West Erie
Room 310
Lorain, OH 44052
Phone: (440) 288-1500
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Toledo Office
One Maritime Plaza
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Toledo, OH 43604
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Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary

Marcy Kaptur (D)50,68390.8%
Peter Rosewicz (D)5,1459.2%

2018 US Representative

Marcy Kaptur (D)157,21967.8%
Steven Kraus (R)74,67032.2%

Source: Ballotpedia


KAPTUR, MARCY has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,982,185.


Source: Follow the Money



House Committee on Appropriations


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Voting Record

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New Legislation




Campaign Finance Reform

Out-of-control campaign spending has reached a truly dangerous level in our country. Our country’s very future is at risk unless we achieve significant campaign finance reform. Special interests exert far too much power in Washington.

According to political scientist Lee Drutman, corporations spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures, measurably more than the approximately $2.2 billion available to Congress for everything from staff salaries to policy, budget, and legal research.

The opportunity for ordinary Americans with talent and dedication to win elections in our country is steadily disappearing. In 1982, the average race for the U.S. House seat cost $265,000, according to the Federal Elections Commission. Now a contested race will cost well over a million dollars, depending on the media market.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United represented a major step backward—allowing corporations and rich individuals to contribute unlimited sums of money without any accountability. Congress must enact strong campaign finance reform and end once and for all the current practice of allowing elections to be bought by the highest bidder.



Congresswoman Kaptur’s passion for agriculture goes back to her childhood. Her father owned a small grocery that prided itself on offering healthy fresh foods, often purchased directly from local farmers. The Kaptur grocery sold locally-grown food long before it became popular.

That experience underlies Congresswoman Kaptur’s belief in forward-thinking farm legislation that eliminates wasteful subsidies, provides resources to strengthen local and regional food systems, and makes the necessary investments in agricultural research.

Congresswoman Kaptur’s legislative efforts have focused on creating economic opportunities at the local level by supporting a sustainable model of agriculture.


Dependence on importing foreign oil cost America over $321 billion last year. Petroleum and energy alone added $140 billion to our trade deficit. That lost income translates into thousands of lost jobs. By developing domestic energy sources rather than defending exploitation and extraction abroad, we could create jobs at home instead of sending our dollars overseas.

Previously, Congresswoman Kaptur introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013. This bill would invest in renewable energy programs with proven track records, such as biofuels, creating thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced.

From her status as the senior Democrat on the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Kaptur is ocmmitted to fighting for job creating, energy investment across the Great Lakes Heartland. From offshore wind power to fuel-efficient vehicles to sensor technology to solar research and development, Northern Ohio is emerging as a hotbed for energy innovation.

Jobs and the Economy

Strengthening the economy and creating jobs has been Congresswoman Kaptur’s top priority since she was first elected.

Northern Ohio’s economy has been hit particularly hard as a result of unfair trade agreements, recklessness on Wall Street, and federal policies that benefit large corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle class.

While the numbers may show that we are no longer in a recession, the reality on the ground is quite different. There are still far too many individuals seeking work or are underemployed. Democrats and Republicans need to come together to focus on the American people’s number one priority – creating jobs.
In addition, Congresswoman Kaptur believes in leading example. Kaptur is a champion of eliminating eliminate loopholes in the Buy America Act to ensure that Congress buys American made products when it procures products from the private sector. The bill also ends Buy America waivers for products that utilize an official insignia of the House, Senate, or Congress. If Congress is going to spend taxpayer dollars then it should support American workers.
Unbalanced trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) send American jobs overseas. Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently fought against these unfair agreements and will continue to fight against them in the future.

Beyond that, the U.S. should renegotiate trade agreements that do not give the American worker a fair chance in the global marketplace.
The U.S. has been the world’s leading in manufacturing for more than a century. Although manufacturing has declined in recent years, we are witnessing a turnaround due to a number of factors. American manufacturers have added thousands of jobs over the past three years, but we must continue to support this vitally important sector of the economy.

American manufacturing creates more value across the economy per dollar spent than any other sector. For every $1 of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy and each manufacturing job creates at least 2.91 more jobs in other sectors.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, comprising 84% of manufacturers, and employing 51% of the manufacturing workforce. However, often due to limited resources, many lack access to technical assistance and information needed to solves challenges and identify opportunities for growth.

As a member of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, Congresswoman Kaptur is always looking for ways to help manufacturing remain a source of good-paying, sustainable American jobs.
Few industries are more important to Ohio than the motor vehicle industry, or auto industry. It is responsible for one in every eight jobs in Ohio. Despite the crisis of 2008-2009, the industry has rebounded strongly.

When the crisis hit, Congresswoman Kaptur was one of the first lawmakers urging congressional action to save the American automobile industry. Now the industry is rebounding and creating thousands of jobs in the industrial heartland.

The best way to strengthen the auto industry is to support the middle class and improve our economy by supporting American manufacturing, stopping outsourcing, investing in renewable energy, and renegotiating unfair trade agreements.


Congresswoman Kaptur has been fighting for a “fair trade” policy since she came to Congress.

In the early 1990s, Congresswoman Kaptur joined House Majority Whip David Bonior and freshman Congressman Sherrod Brown in leading the House effort against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

America today sees the results of this failed policy: shuttered factories, depleted tax bases, and families out of work. NAFTA promised millions of good jobs for Americans, but we got the giant sucking sound that H. Ross Perot predicted.

NAFTA and similar agreements contributed to the devastation of our great manufacturing sector, which has lost a third of its workers since 1994 due in part to unfair trade. Multinational corporations rushed to low-wage countries to take advantage of cheap labor. Meanwhile, state-managed trade policy in nations such as Japan, Germany, and South Korea continued to keep out American-made products.

Working together, our businesses and labor organizations built Northern Ohio into an industrial powerhouse, always standing up for America, whether in war or peace. America’s working men and working women and their families deserve a government that takes their side, not the side of big money. They deserve fair trade agreements that produce a level economic playing field, not a race to the bottom.
We cannot sit by idly while American jobs are being shipped overseas, our manufacturing base is being eroded, our wages decline, and our economy is threatened by unfair trade agreements and ballooning trade deficits. Congress needs to take dramatic action to stop the downward economic spiral.

Two pieces of legislation by Congresswoman Kaptur address this issue directly:
The NAFTA Accountability Act (H.R. 191) would withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA unless the President renegotiates its terms to correct serious flaws. It would require the Administration to certify to Congress that since enactment NAFTA has resulted in:
more jobs and higher living standards;
increased domestic manufacturing;
maintenance of health and environmental standards;
no increase in pollution near the border;
no increase in the importation of illegal drugs, and;
observance by Mexico of political and human rights.
Congresswoman Kaptur also introduced the Balancing Trade Act every Congress. This straightforward legislation requires the President to take the necessary steps to eliminate—or at least substantially reduce—any bilateral trade deficit that has totaled at least $10 billion annually for more than three consecutive years.
We must support workers who have lost their jobs due to unfair competition. Congresswoman Kaptur has been a consistent champion of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which provides job training and other assistance to workers who have been laid off due to trade. Each year Congresswoman Kaptur strongly advocates for full funding of all of the TAA programs, including TAA for Workers, TAA for Firms, and the new TAA for Communities program, which will allow areas to receive federal funding to develop a strategy to diversify and strengthen their economy.


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Congresswoman Kaptur is a strong advocate of environmental responsibility and progressive policies to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem. A collaborative approach is needed to find solutions to the challenges facing the Great Lakes such as nutrient runoff and algal blooms, invasive species, low water levels.

Congresswoman Kaptur supports a permanent ban on drilling in the Great Lakes, of which Lake Erie is the shallowest, and a strict ban on diversion of Great Lakes water. While the Southwest and West confront a water crisis, the Great Lakes must protect and promote our abundant supply of fresh water.

Great Lakes Restoration

Great Lakes Restoration

Since the creation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), our nation has made strides in reviving and protecting our nation’s greatest freshwater treasure — our Great Lakes. Under the GLRI, we have supported more than 2,000 projects, removed 42 health impairments from 17 contaminated sites, and delisted finished work at six toxic areas of concern.


Kaptur is fighting in Congress to ensure the GLRI is fully funded through her role as a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Taks Force and from her seat on the on the Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over spending. This includes protecting programs like Sea Grant and ensuring that the Federal government provides adequate assistance and resources in combatting the damage of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Health Care

Health Insurance Reform

I am pleased to provide you with information to help you connect with local healthcare resources that can provide enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While my office does not have the expertise to enroll people in the healthcare marketplace, we are happy to refer you to resources that will help you enroll and/or answer your questions.

You may also visit or call the toll-free ACA consumer helpline at 1(800) 318-2596 to get your marketplace questions answered.  Or you can call United Way’s 211 Line find out about enrollment assistance in your area.


Transportation & Infrastructure

Northern Ohio’s geographic positions provides us with many strategic economic opportunities. At the western end of the district, the transportation links between the Port of Toledo and the St. Lawrence Seaway System, the intersection of Interstates I-75 and I-80/I-90, and one of the nation’s six busiest rail centers offer tremendous opportunities. These assets are investments in the future of the region. Construction of the I-280 Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, rehabilitation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza (Central Union Terminal) rail station, and expansion of Toledo Express Airport have increased the viability of the Northwest Ohio region.

Converting local public transit and other public vehicle fleets to renewable energy would enhance our reputation as a center for alternative energy development. This effort is enabled through the University of Toledo and its University Transportation Center, which was secured in the highway bill. The transportation center pursues research and the development of the next generation of transportation professionals.

Assuring that our nation has a 21st century transportation system to meet our ever increasing needs is critical in maintaining our economy. Investing in a modern high-speed passenger rail system is essential to securing the future economic development of our region and the nation.

Social Security

Retirement Security

Congresswoman Kaptur is a staunch supporter of Medicare, which has been a lifeline for millions of seniors since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

Medicare covers individuals if they or their spouse worked for at least 40 quarters 40 quarters in Medicare-covered employment, have reached the age of 65, and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Medicare consists of four parts (which are designated with the letters A through D). These four parts cover hospitalizations, physician and diagnostic services, prescription drugs, skilled nursing facility care, home health visits, and hospice care, among other services.

The Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in March 2010, extended the solvency of Medicare.

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Social Security is a compact between the government and the people and perhaps the most successful social program in American history.

Signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Social Security Act was designed to improve the economic circumstances of older adults during the Depression.

Social Security has weathered difficult economic times, including 13 recessions over the last 75 years. Yet never once has it failed to pay beneficiaries; Americans continue to receive their benefit payments in total and on time.

Social Security consists of benefits that are earned by working, so it should be there when you retire. At the end of 2011, 56 million people, including retirees, widows, disabled workers, and children, were receiving Social Security benefits.

For many Americans, Social Security is the only thing standing between them and poverty. Average benefits are only $14,000 a year, but the at the same time, six out of ten seniors depend on Social Security benefits to make up more than half their incomes. Almost half the seniors in America (45%) would be living in poverty if not for Social Security.

We must guarantee that Social Security, one of the most successful programs in American history, remains sound not only for current beneficiaries, but also future generations. The Social Security trustees have projected that the Trust Fund is projected to be $2.7 trillion at the end of 2011, enough to pay full benefits until 2036.

One reason Social Security looks to the long term is to account for economic downturns. Unemployed workers do not contribute into the Trust Fund. The fundamental answer to Social Security funding is to put Americans back to work.

Congresswoman Kaptur fully supports maintaining traditional Social Security and finding ways to effectively extend it without cutting benefits to our nation’s seniors. Kaptur is a cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act. Learn more about that bill here.



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Foreign Affairs

U.S. foreign policy must reflect the needs of new levels of interdependence globally. Our foreign policy should encourage economic and democratic growth and protect national security. While maintaining our sovereignty, the U.S. supports the efforts of international organizations in peacekeeping and crisis management. As a partner for peace, the U.S. can assist in negotiations in the troubled regions of the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. Northern Ohio has a proud immigrant tradition that has enriched our community with diverse and worldly citizens.
Congresswoman Kaptur serves as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Sino-US relations are never far from the congressional agenda: bilateral trade imbalance, national security, human rights, currency manipulation, intellectual property rights, or cyber-warfare. For more on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, click here.
Congresswoman Kaptur serves as co-chair of the Congressional Hungarian-American Caucus and also the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. She is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Our nation has much to gain from alliances with the emerging democracies that were formerly under Soviet domination. Congresswoman Kaptur, a Polish-American, is always seeking opportunities to deepen the relationships between Northern Ohio and Eastern Europe. Stronger ties can strengthen both regions economically, strategically and culturally. Also, much has been done to recognize those who lost their lives in the fight against oppression by commemorating the Holocaust, the Great Ukrainian Famine in 1933, and the Katyn Massacre. It is important that we remember and honor those who lost their lives and suffered at the hands of Nazi and Soviet oppression.
The ongoing Middle East conflict is perhaps the most vexing diplomatic quandary in the world. As a superpower, the U.S. has both the opportunity and responsibility to help bring stability to this volatile and strategic region. The U.S. must be an honest broker for peace and revisit a peace process. We must encourage people-to-people contact in the region so we can eliminate hatred and highlight common bonds between neighbors. The pathway to peace can be paved by grass-roots diplomacy in addition to governmental compromise. Peace in the region is possible if all sides distance themselves from extremism and open themselves to frank dialogue. The U.S. can help usher in a new era of hope for the region and the world.

Wall Street Reform

Reuters: U.S. Banks enjoy ‘too-big-to-fail’ advantage: Fed Study

The 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession destroyed 8.8 million jobs and $19.2 trillion of household wealth. Although many factors contributed to the financial crisis, the truth is Wall Street’s greed led to the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. What is just as troubling is that our regulatory system let it happen.

Why did we let banks engage in subprime lending? Where were our regulators protecting consumers from predatory lending practices? Why did no one put a stop to big banks selling mortgage securities that were never examined and known to be defective? The answer is greed.The response by Congress to the 2008 financial crisis has been woefully inadequate. I voted consistently against the Wall Street bailout.

What’s more, the subsequent Dodd-Frank legislation failed to address the root causes of the financial crisis.

It did not: separate commercial banking from investment banking; end the “too big to fail” status of the largest institutions; rein in the credit rating agencies; require openness and transparency in the trading of derivatives; prevent Wall Street banks from replacing community banks; encourage prudent lending; strengthen support for those agencies finding and fighting fraud in our financial system; or, properly address the housing crisis.

Congresswoman Kaptur’s legislation, the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R.129), would reinstate the provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act that keep investment banking separate from commercial banking. It would prevent the megabanks from engaging in speculative trading. It would also prohibit individuals from working for both an investment bank and a commercial depository bank.

Also, we must bring to justice those who engaged in illegal activity that contributed to the financial crisis. The biggest obstacle is not enough cops on the beat. Congresswoman Kaptur’s bill, the Financial Crisis Investigation Act, (H.R. 131) would authorize hiring 1,000 agents and sufficient forensic experts to investigate financial crimes.

At the urging of the Ohio congressional delegation, the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing at Cleveland State University to examine some of the issues related to the foreclosure crisis and responses to it in the State of Ohio. You can review the hearing transcript here.



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