Liz Watson, National Advocate for Working Families, Announces Campaign for Congress
BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Bloomington’s Liz Watson announced today she is running for Congress in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.
Liz Watson has dedicated her legal career to the most important fights for working families, including legislative efforts to raise the minimum wage, strengthen protections for people to negotiate for their fair share, and create good-paying jobs. She is also a committed advocate for fairness for women in the workplace. This year, Liz is teaching courses in law and policy at Indiana University.
“I’m running for Congress because I believe that if you work hard and play by the rules you should be able to get ahead. But today, too many hardworking families across Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, struggle to keep their heads above water,” Liz said. “I want to represent the people in our district by fighting for better health care, good jobs and the best public education we can provide for our children. It’s time to get to work for Hoosiers, and stop only serving the interests of a privileged, wealthy few.”
Liz served as the Labor Policy Director and Chief Labor Counsel for the Democrats on the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the United States House of Representatives. Liz also ran the workplace justice program at the National Women’s Law Center. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.
“We all want the freedom to be able to care for our families. This starts with good-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality child care, predictable schedules, and paid sick days and family leave,” Watson stated. “Special interests have been manipulating the rules of the economy in favor of the one percent for too long. If we work together, we can restore the American Dream for Indiana families. I will fight every single day I am in Congress for the people in our district.”
Liz’s Hoosier roots run deep, going back to the Civil War. She credits her family with instilling in her the values of hard work and helping others at an early age.
Her two young children are attending the same elementary school in Bloomington that Liz attended as a child, and she and her husband, Craig, live a few miles away from her parents.
After graduating from Bloomington High School South and earning degrees from Carleton College and Georgetown University Law Center, Liz clerked for a federal judge. She also served as legislative counsel for Workplace Flexibility 2010 at Georgetown Law and she was an employment lawyer in private practice.
Liz for Indiana, Fighting for Hoosier Families