Candidate Bio: Judy Biggert - 11th District - FOX 32 News Chicago

Candidate Bio: Judy Biggert - 11th District

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Judy Biggert is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 11th congressional district, serving since 1999. She is a member of the Republican Party.

She is running against Democrat Bill Foster in the 2012 election, to retain her seat in Congress.

They recently took part in a debate exclusively on FOX Chicago News.

SEE: Biggert, Foster debate to represent 11th Congressional District

The six-term congresswoman's longtime home in DuPage County (which was built in 1864 by the founder of Hinsdale) is now in the same district as Wrigley Field -- Rep. Mike Quigley's 5th Congressional District. So she chose to run in the newly redrawn Congressional District 11, which includes part of Hinsdale, parts of Aurora, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Woodridge and Naperville.

On The Issues

Afghanistan - As the number of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan increases, I am cautiously optimistic that peace and order will be solidified, and that a legitimate Afghan government will be able to provide for the safety of its own people. Helping Afghanistan regain effective control of its nation also will keep Americans safe from future terrorist attacks. Read more...

Asian Carp - Unfortunately, some lawmakers have decided that the way to fix the problem is to force the closure of Chicago's navigational waterways entirely -- to man, commerce, and fish. According to our environmental managers, these lock and dam closures would do little to stop the migration of carp, but would devastate the Illinois economy and create massive flooding problems in communities throughout the Chicago area. That is why I continue to fight – along with members on both sides of the aisle – to defeat attempts to close our locks and dams. Read more...

Economy/Jobs - Congress must end the tax and spend, borrow and bail out policies that have created the second largest deficit in our nation's history. Instead of imposing tax hikes on American families and businesses to pay for out-of-control, double-digit increases in federal government spending, Congress should extend tax cuts and credits so that workers can keep more of their hard-earned money and employers, especially start-ups and small businesses, can invest, expand, and create jobs. Read more...

Education - I support growth models that allow teachers to be creative instead of teaching to the test, while still being held accountable for student progress. We also must provide opportunities, incentives and organizational support to improve the quality of instruction in the classroom, as well as recruit and retain the most skilled teachers. Read more...

Energy - I have supported significant legislation to help reduce prices at the pump by increasing fuel economy standards, curbing the number of boutique fuels, and combating price gouging. In my work to encourage the use of alternative fuels, I have advanced several measures to extend tax credits for those using wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, animal waste and other renewable resources and tax credits for those making energy efficient improvements to homes and businesses or constructing wind turbines. Read more...

Financial Services - As chair of the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, I have led efforts to restore stability to the housing market and reduce government barriers to private investment. I've also authored legislation -- now law -- to tackle mortgage fraud and fund housing counseling efforts that reach out to troubled homeowners. Read more...

Guantánamo Bay - I am adamantly opposed to the Obama Administration's plans to transfer terrorist detainees from the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois. I strongly disagree with the Administration's intent to grant these military combatants the rights and privileges of our civilian court system. Read more...

Health Care - In 2010, I opposed the Administration's government takeover of America's health system, which could lead to government rationing of care, create waitlists for needed procedures, and limit your choice of doctors and medical treatments. Americans also should be allowed to shop for health care coverage across state lines to find the plan that matches their medical needs and pocketbooks. Read more...

Immigration - With between 12 and 13 million illegal immigrants in our country and another 550,000 entering the country every year, the United States must effectively enforce the laws already on the books before we even discuss other reform alternatives. Read more...

Iraq - While Iraqi leaders move forward on important legislative priorities, we must continue to build friendships with those in the region who view terrorism as the common enemy. Trade, education, economic development and people-to-people contacts always prove to be the best foundation for friendships. Read more...

Social Security - I have been a longtime opponent of privatization of the social security system and do not believe the federal government should be investing social security funds in the stock market. Read more...

Veterans - The greatness of America is best exemplified by the selfless sacrifices of our veterans who protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy. That is why the federal government must meet and exceed its commitment to the men and women who have served in uniform by ensuring access to affordable, quality health care, increased educational and business opportunities, housing assistance, and a robust pension. Read more...

Source: Biggert.House.gov

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