Marty Russo

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Marty Russo

Marty Russo, is a former Illinois Congressman. Marty Russo is CEO and Senior Vice Chairman of Cassidy & Associates. He served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from Chicago, Illinois' Third District. Elected to Congress as part of the post-Watergate reform-oriented class of 1974, Russo's tenure was distinguished by his involvement in a broad range of public policy issues facing America's businesses. These issues included tax policy, federal budgets, health care, energy and environmental policy, transportation, crime, immigration, trade, telecommunications, and small business issues.

From 1979 to 1992, Russo served on the Ways and Means Committee. During his tenure, the Committee passed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. As Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Task Force on Income Security, Russo became a vocal advocate for affordable health care for all Americans. He authored the single-payer health care reform proposal, the Universal Health Care Act of 1991 (H.R. 1300), which gained broad national attention and support.[1]

DSA support

At the 1991 DSA national board meeting in San Francisco, the board backed the idea and supported a campaign in behalf of a health care system in the United States similar to that in Canada. It was submitted by Rep. Marty Russo (D. IL).[2]

In 1991, when Rep. Marty Russo {D-IL} introduced a bill into the U.S. House of Representatives calling for a single, universal, publicly-administered health care program. The Russo Bill is attracting the support of many progressive organizations - including DSA.[3]

Supporters are currently pushing for the Russo Bill to reach the floor of the House for a vote.Activists should contact their representatives to encourage their support. Contact your local to findout what other DSA'ers are doing to support the Russo Bill.

DSA Health Care Speakers Tour

In the keynote of the Democratic Socialists of America Health Care Speakers Tour, Audrey McLaughlin, Leader of the New Democratic Party, met with members of Congress, trade unionists, and media in Washington, D.C. Democratic Socialists of America, AFSCME, and the American Solidarity Campaign organized a Congressional breakfast, press luncheon and labor reception for McLaughlin. They also set up meetings with House Majority Whip David Bonior, Congressman Marty Russo, UMWA President Richard Trumka, and AFSCME President Gerald McEntee.[4]


  1. Nation Journal bio, 2010
  2. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 14 MARCH-APRIL 1991, page 15