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Halvorson believes that small businesses should be able to bargain collectively for lower premiums on their employee health benefits. She supports strengthening Medicare by allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies for lower prescription drug prices, and ensuring that insurance companies hold up their end of the deal. 
Iraq and National Security
Halvorson said on her website that the U.S should bring the troops home safely and securely. She believes that U.S national security will be enhanced by better securing the borders and ports and ensuring that nuclear weapons are accounted for and secure and restoring by America’s relationships with other nations. She also believes that veterans and active soliders should be provided with the health care, job opportunities, and other support.
On her campaign website, Halvorson said that additional performance measures, smaller classes, more highly qualified teachers, and fully funded special education programs are needed before reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. She also vows to make college more affordable for all families. Halvorson said she would create higher standards for high school graduation requirements, better testing for elementary and middle school children, and additional funding for early childhood education. 
Labor, Economy and Business
Halvorson said that U.S budget priorities must include "affordable health care, quality child care, investments in early childhood education, making college more affordable, and providing for a secure retirement." 
Halvorson was born on March 1, 1958, in Illinois, and she grew up in Steeger, Ill., where she attended Bloom High School. She is married to Jim Bush, and they have four children and four grandchildren. Halvorson worked as a sales rep for the cosmetic company Mary Kay for 14 years before being elected Crete (Ill.) Township Clerk. She served in that position for three years until Illinois Senate President Emil Jones urged her to run for the State Senate. She was elected to the State Senate in 1996 and served through 2008. In 2005, she was appointed Majority Leader, the first time a woman had held that position in Illinois. During her time in the State Senate, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communications from Governor's State University. In 2008, she entered the race for the 11th District, a seat opened by the retirement of GOP Rep. Jerry Weller after seven terms in Congress. She defeated Republican nominee Marty Ozinga in the November general election. 
Money in politics
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- "Debbie" Revolving door profile for Deborah Halvorson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Deborah Halvorson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Deborah Halvorson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Agriculture
- House Committee on Small Business
- House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
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Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Illinois and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Issues|Debbie Halvorson for Congress
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Halvorson House Web site
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Dennis Conrad, "Halvorson: From cosmetics sales to Congress," Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2008.
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Illinois's 11th Congressional District
- Official Debbie Halvorson campaign website
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Prairie State Blue - Statewide Illinois Progressive Politics Blog
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Date of Birth: March 1, 1958
November 4, 2008