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2010 Elections : NOW PACs Profile

Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H., 2nd Congressional District)

Ann McLane Kuster

Ann McLane Kuster

NOW/PAC is proud to endorse Ann McLane Kuster for the U.S. House of Representatives. Kuster is campaigning for the open seat in New Hampshire's 2nd district. "Ann McLane Kuster has been a longtime activist working to improve women's lives, and we are excited to give her NOW/PAC's support. We need more people like her in Congress, who are dedicated to achieving full equality for women and girls," said NOW/PAC President Terry O'Neill.

Kuster is passionately pro-choice and spoke out against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. She worked with a coalition of health care providers to create the Medication Bridge Program that distributes free medication to New Hampshire families and seniors who cannot afford the high cost of prescription drugs. In addition, she successfully advocated ensuring access to the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer for women throughout New Hampshire. Kuster supports real health care reform that would improve quality, expand coverage, lower costs and reject attempts to roll back women's access to abortion care.

Kuster worked to advance same-sex marriage in the state of New Hampshire and is proud that it passed in 2009. She supports pay equity and adequate child care for working mothers. She also supports adding class-based factors into affirmative action to ensure that all dimensions of diversity are represented.

Kuster received the 2004 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association, presented for achieving professional excellence, advancing opportunities for women in the legal profession, and performing exemplary public service on behalf of women. She also won the Athena Award for professional excellence, community service and assistance to women, and she has served on many non-profit boards across the state.

With her late mother, State Senator Susan McLane, Kuster co-authored the book "The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer's with Love and Laughter." Kuster and her father toured the state speaking out about aging, Alzheimer's disease and the burdens on families and caregivers. In 2008 Kuster was recognized for her efforts with a Rainbow Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health Center, which celebrates those who raise awareness of mental-health issues in New Hampshire.

For more information on Kuster see her campaign website

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