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Feb. 5, 2008

Albert R. Wynn

by Emily Hsiao, Online Managing Editor
Political Party: Democratic
Current Position: Congressional Representative, 1992-Present
District: Four
Political Experience: Congressional Representative, 1992-Present

This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from Wynn's campaign web site, Wynn's House web site and On the Issues. Silver Chips Online posts this news summary to provide readers with a forum for discussion.

Albert Wynn has served in the House of Representatives for eight terms and is certainly no amateur when it comes to running for the House. Currently Wynn serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, and acts as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Environmental and Hazardous Materials. As a representative, Wynn believes that his mission in Congress is "to expand economic opportunity for all Americans," according to his House web site.

A well-known advocate for federal employees and small business developments, according to his House web site, Wynn has a record of fighting for an increase in federal employee benefits and salaries. Wynn believes that the prosperity of small businesses is directly connected with the economic welfare of the entire community. He helped pass legislation improving federal contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses during the 105th Congress and then introduced more legislation on contracting during the 107th Congress.

Wynn opposes absolute gun ownership and was rated an F by the National Rifle Association (NRA), meaning he has a pro-gun control voting record, according to On the Issues. Wynn also supports election and campaign finance reform, the development of renewable energy and a woman's right to choose in abortion.

While Wynn does not support the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) because he believes that it's under funded, he does acknowledge that the legislation has had some positive impact in the country. As a father of two daughters, Wynn is a strong advocate for education and believes that every American student should have the opportunity to go to college. He supported the College Student Relief Act in 2007, which cuts the interest rate for undergraduate students with subsidized loans in half, from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.

Wynn's politics do not always lean to the left. For instance in 2002, Wynn voted to authorize military force in Iraq. Then in 2003, he voted yes to the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2003, which provided $77.9 billion for emergency supplemental appropriations in fiscal year 2003, including $62.5 billion for military operations in Iraq, according to On the Issues. Wynn has now changed his stance on Iraq and become a member of the House 'Out of Iraq' Caucus. He supports replacing U.S. troops with United Nations troops and opposes spending more money on armed forces in Iraq.



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