Lisa Blunt Rochester

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Lisa Blunt Rochester won Delaware's Congressional District 10 in 2016.

Backgrounder

A caseworker for then-Congressman Tom Carper, Lisa helped people during challenging times with their Social Security benefits, disability insurance claims, IRS disputes and housing needs. She served in the cabinets of two Delaware governors as Delaware’s first African-American woman Secretary of Labor, and as Delaware’s first African-American Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director.

As Secretary of Labor, Lisa managed 500 employees and an $87 million budget; she focused on connecting employers to resources and jobseekers – particularly those on welfare or leaving Delaware prisons. As State Personnel Director, Lisa was commissioned to investigate the Delaware State Police for racial and sexual discrimination. Working with local and national experts in policing and civil rights, the 2001 Blunt-Bradley Report served as a roadmap to improve the internal and external relations of the State Police.

CBC

In 2017 Lisa Blunt Rochester was a new member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

CPC

In 2017 Lisa Blunt Rochester was a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Airport protest

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January 29, 2017, members of Delaware's congressional delegation joined a protest against an executive order barring refugees from coming into the United States.

Delaware leaders including Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Senator Tom Carper attended a protest at the International Arrivals terminal of Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday.

In a tweet Carper said he would "speak with officials and demand that refugees are not detained or denied entry."

"Our country was really built on the ideals of folks coming here to make a better life, especially if they were persecuted, and this really doesn't represent us," said Blunt Rochester. "Instead of us having a process that is orderly and makes sense--we instead of have confusion and fear--and that's the last thing we need right now."[1]

Kathy Sykes connection

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Lisa Blunt Rochester with Kathy Sykes, September 24, 2017.

Collective PAC

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Launched in August of 2016, the Collective PAC has helped 18 candidates win primary and/or general elections at the local, state and federal level thus far, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Representatives Val Demings, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Donald McEachin, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson, Vi Lyles of Charlotte, Yvette Simpson of Cincinnati and Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor in Virginia.[2]

Staff, past and present

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