Karen Handel - REP Incumbent

Financial Strength

Raised ($): $8,449,344

Cash on Hand ($): $87,689

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Assumed congressional office in 2017. Former Career: businesswoman, non-profit executive, Secretary of State of Georgia. Education: Prince George’s Community College, University of Maryland University College. Currently resides in Roswell. Karen Handel is a Republican representing Georgia’s 6th congressional district. of the United States House of Representatives. Handel was born in Washington, D.C. and later attended both Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland, University College, but did not complete any degree. In November 2003, Handel was elected chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and served in that role until 2006, when she left to run for Georgia Secretary of State where she served from 2007 to 2009. Soon after taking office as Georgia Secretary of State, Handel began a project to purge voter rolls. Voter suppression allegations were raised and the rule became the subject of a federal lawsuit by the ACLU of Georgia and MALDEF, which accused Handel’s office of engaging in a "systematic purging procedure" expressly barred by federal law within 90 days of elections. After 2010 Handel ran unsuccessfully for governor and senator. In a 2017 special election Handel ran successfully against Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff for U.S. House of Representatives. This special election remains the most expensive congressional race in American history. As Georgia’s first-ever Republican congresswoman, Handel opposes abortion and favors eliminating government funding for Planned Parenthood. She supports building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Handel voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In a June 2017 debate, Handel stated that she opposed a minimum wage, saying "This is an example of a fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative. I do not support a livable wage.” Handel opposes same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions. She has voted against legislation that would give domestic partner benefits, and opposes the adoption of children by gay individuals.

Age: 57

Years In Office: 2

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