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Educators endorse Rep. Ami Bera’s reelection to Congress

Rep. Bera pledges to continue to fight for students, educators and education


WASHINGTON - May 06, 2014 -

The National Education Association’s political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, today endorsed the reelection of United States Representative Ami Bera.

“Representative Ari Bera shares our values and the values of the working families of California’s 7th Congressional District,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “A proud product of California’s public schools, he is a relentless advocate for students and educators. With his unique background as a first-generation American, he understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in our nation’s public schools. He’s a champion of working families, and if reelected, he will continue to work hard to make our economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few and rich corporations. That’s why we are proud to endorse Dr. Bera’s reelection to Congress.”

Representative Ami Bera was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s public schools, from kindergarten through medical school. He believes in hard work and community service—and refuses to accept a future where children and grandchildren don’t have the same kind of opportunities that he did. In Washington, Rep. Bera co-founded a bipartisan caucus, along with 31 colleagues from the state’s congressional delegation, to advocate for California’s public universities and students. From supporting equal pay for equal work and protecting employees from wage discrimination to making sure the nation’s health care system provides compassionate and essential coverage that puts patients ahead of profits, he’s focused on moving the nation forward, reclaiming the American Dream, and creating a more wholesome future for all.

“Congressman Ari Bera embodies the American Dream. He has the right values and vision to continue to speak up in Congress for educators and students,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the California Teachers Association. “As a lawmaker who puts Californians first, he understands the pressing issues facing our schools. He knows the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that America can compete in the global marketplace. We look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Bera in Washington.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the NEA’s national political action committee, provides direct financial support to candidates for president, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff, and students and improve public education. CTA represents 110,000 teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez
(202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org