Empowering and supporting women is personal to Gary — he’s a father to two daughters, a husband and a brother of two sisters. He’s fought for women throughout his career.
One of the first bills he cosponsored in Congress was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work, and he continues to champion efforts to combat pay discrimination. To build more opportunities for women in the workforce, Gary passed bipartisan legislation to help increase the number of women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Gary understands the unique challenges women face in dealing with domestic abuse and violence. That’s why he supported the landmark Violence Against Women Act to reduce intimate partner violence and provide resources to ensure that more women can be safe and healthy. He also led passage of the PAWS Act to support domestic violence shelters in providing pet-friendly housing so the facilities can provide support for both survivors and their pets.
Gary has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the National Organization for Women (NOW) as an advocate for reproductive freedom and the ability for everyone to make personal choices about their own bodies.