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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Votes For Historic Election Reform Bill

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a historic election reform bill that passed the House of Representatives. Larson’s decade-long work on election and campaign finance reform helped lay the groundwork for this legislation.

“Voting for H.R. 1 today and watching its passage was a victory for the American people. I’ve been fighting for many of these reforms since my time as Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform. I introduced the Fair Elections Now Act over ten years ago, which helped lay the groundwork for this historic, and necessary legislation,” said Larson. “H.R. 1 gives us the opportunity to turn back the tide of corporate interests and give all Americans an equal say in their government. It puts the electoral power back in the hands of the people. Today’s vote is a win for Democracy, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill.”

Larson first introduced the Fair Elections Now Act in 2008, which provided public financing for Congressional campaigns through a federal match program. In 2010 it gathered 165 cosponsors and passed the House Administration Committee, the farthest that this type of legislation had ever made it in Congress, until today. Larson also led the Task Force on Election Reform in the 113th Congress (2012-2013).