Current Position: US Representative since 2019
"Today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them. That’s why I am running for Congress.
The core values of Security, Equality, and Prosperity will serve as my compass in representing the 2nd District."
Elaine Luria served her country in uniform for 20 years with the philosophy: Be Good. Do Good Work. Elaine sees this simple, but powerful message lacking in Washington today.
When her peers were heading off to college, Elaine was compelled to be part of something bigger than herself and joined the Navy at 17—so she could give back and help build a safer, stronger, and fairer society for this generation and the next.
On her first day in uniform, she was inspired by the Naval Academy’s Mission, to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government. Elaine served for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer deploying six times—twice forward-deployed on ships stationed in Japan—conducting operations in the Middle East and Western Pacific on destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers.
Whether it was enforcing sanctions by boarding Iraqi oil smugglers in the Arabian Gulf, launching jets off the deck of the aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean to simultaneously strike terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, operating complex nuclear reactors, as second in command of a guided missile cruiser, or in command of a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors, providing assault craft to support the U.S. Marine Corps: Elaine never let politics get in the way of doing what was right and getting the job done.
While Elaine’s service to our country was coming to an end – she officially retired from the Navy on June 1, 2017 – she was inspired to help the community that she and her family call home.
That’s why she started a family business, Mermaid Factory, that began as a block of clay on her kitchen table. Since then, Mermaid Factory has created ten jobs in the community, has donated over fifty thousand dollars of our proceeds to charity, and infused more than a quarter of a million tax dollars into our economy. Over 50,000 people have experienced Mermaid Factory– by spending time with family or friends, expressing their creativity, and taking home a souvenir of Hampton Roads’ iconic mermaid and dolphin symbols. Mermaid Factory continues to manufacture our products locally and give back to organizations in the community that support youth and the arts.
In Congress, Elaine will use her experience in the Navy and as a small-business owner to protect our country and create an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top. Her 20-year Navy career makes her the clear choice to represent this military-rich district with the world’s largest navy base and among the highest concentration of veterans, including the largest number of female veterans nationwide. Through her experience as an entrepreneur, she can relate to the challenges and potential of small businesses and their impact on the community. And, as a mother, she will fight to ensure a brighter future for every child.
To help the families, seniors, and businesses of Hampton Roads, we need leaders with real-world experience. We need leaders who know what it means to serve, have overcome obstacles, faced adversity and became stronger because of it.
Security means that we protect the weakest among us—that we promote, protect, and defend animal welfare by enforcing strict prohibitions on animal cruelty, horse slaughter, and inhumane testing practices.
Equality means that we are all guaranteed to be treated equitably— regardless of our sex, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Equality means that no one should be made to feel unsafe at their workplace— whether that is in an office or on a warship— every American has the right to be unobstructed in their mission to do good work for our communities.
Equality means that every woman and every person of color has equal access to capital and equal pay for equal work.
Equality means that every woman has the autonomy to make their own healthcare choices and has access to quality reproductive healthcare.
Defense & Security
Security not only means that we are providing for the common defense of our nation—and have a strong and ready military to ensure the security of our citizens.
Security means that we are secure in our neighborhoods—that we do not fear for our safety or that our children are kept safe in their schools. To do this, we must implement universal background checks on all gun sales, prohibit the sale of assault weapons, and repeal the Dickey Amendment so that the CDC can study gun violence.
Equality means that every American has equal access to the ballot box— so that their voices can be heard and our Democracy remains responsive to the people.
Prosperity means that we protect and preserve our democracy— from enemies foreign and domestic— to safeguard free and fair elections.
Economy & Jobs
Security means that we are secure in our homes—that we have the means and resources to provide stable housing for our families.
Prosperity means that Americans have access to jobs with living wages and benefits— so that every family can build and save for future generations.
Prosperity means that every American can afford to see a doctor when they are sick and are not one car crash away from financial hardship.
Equality means that every child has access to a quality public education— from pre-K to college or technical training— so that they have the tools they need to succeed later in life.
Prosperity means that America is investing in our future— with world-class educational opportunities so that our children can thrive in a global marketplace.
Energy & Environment
Security means that we must protect our environment— so that we, along with future generations, can breathe fresh air and drink clean water.
Prosperity means that we protect and preserve our planet for future generations— by incentivizing green innovation.
Reliable and affordable choices in healthcare.
Prosperity means that America is investing in our infrastructure— ensuring the safety and vitality of our roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, and rails.
Security means that we keep our obligations to our parents— and preserve Social Security and Medicare that generations have collectively built as promises made to provide and care for those who have worked so hard.
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Virginia Beach veteran, business owner launches campaign for Congress
Published: Jan. 9, 2018 By 13 News Now