Candidate name: Rep. Gwen Moore State: Wisconsin Bio: In 2005 Rep. Gwen Moore became the first African-American woman in Wisconsin history to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of Moore’s primary focuses is to lift mothers and children out of poverty. In October, Moore introduced the RISE Out of Poverty Act, her signature legislation to overhaul our nation’s only cash assistance program for mothers and children. From her House website: “43 million Americans currently live in poverty, including millions in extreme poverty. My bill would make sweeping reforms to TANF to ensure it can actually work for the populations it’s supposed to help. As a former welfare recipient who rose up out of poverty with the help of cash assistance, higher education, and food stamps, I understand how critical it is for Congress to fix this broken program. Our nation is only as strong as [its] most vulnerable populations. Instead of criminalizing and demonizing the poor, we must help lift them up, so they too can escape poverty.” For more information: TOPICS: