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Educators endorse Rudy Hobbs for Congress

Rudy Hobbs will fight for students, educators and working families of Michigan

WASHINGTON - May 05, 2014 -

The National Education Association's political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, endorsed Rudy Hobbs to represent Michigan's 14th Congressional District in Washington.

"Rudy Hobbs is one of us," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "He shares our values and the values of the working families of Michigan. As an educator and former school board member, he more than anyone in the race understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in our nations public schools. If elected, he will ably and staunchly advocate for all Michiganders. He will invest in education and will work hard to make the economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few and corporations. That's why educators are proud to endorse one of their own for Congress."

A Michigan "Legislator of the Year," a former first grade teacher and school board member, and a former minority leader in the Michigan House of Representatives, Rudy Hobbs has left an impressive mark on Michigan politics. A working peoples champion, endorsed by the whos who of Michigan politics, Hobbs has the skills to get the job done in the nation's Capital and move Michigan forward.

"I'm honored to receive the support of the NEA during such a critical time for Greater Detroit," said Representative Hobbs. "With the retirement of many of our most senior members of Congress, we have an unmatched opportunity to impact the policies that will affect our families, and our kids, for years to come. I'll bring to Congress a proven track record of leadership, and work hard to ensure Michigan's voice in Washington remains steadfast and strong."

Hobbs' passion, desire, and energy have propelled him to leadership in virtually every role he has taken on. As Michigan faces the loss of 133 years of combined legislative experience with the abrupt retirement of many of its senior members of Congress, Rudy stands ready to offer the region fresh and proven leadership. He knows what it takes to prepare Michigan's young minds for success, having been both a Detroit and Southfield public school teacher, and understands the need to ensure all of students are ready to prosper as they leave school.

"Rudy Hobbs has the right background, right values and vision to speak up for students and educators in Congress," said Michigan Education Association President Steven B. Cook. "He recognizes the critical role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that America can compete in the global marketplace. He will make certain that every student has the opportunity and the tools required to receive a quality education. He will make the tough choices and right decisions in Washington on behalf of working families, students and educators of Michigan."

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

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The National Education Association is the nations 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.

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