As a veteran and as an engineer, Adam is listening to the Pentagon experts who point to data and warn against the national security impacts of a changing climate. We can no longer ignore the increasingly strange and severe weather — unprecedented droughts, devastating hurricanes, sea level rise, and record cold snaps. We have a basic responsibility to address climate change and leave a better, healthier, and safer world to our children and grandchildren. Our failure to act and end our reliance on dirty, outdated energy sources puts their future at risk. Adam believes we have to take innovative steps to slow down the impacts of climate change so our kids aren’t stuck in an irreversible position.
Adam will always work across party lines to develop real solutions to the challenges too many hardworking families face every day. He believes we must protect those with pre-existing conditions, bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and that Florida must finally expand its Medicaid program.
Adam believes every Floridian deserves access to quality, affordable health care. To lower costs and deliver better care for families across Florida, Adam supports offering individuals the freedom to buy into a public insurance option. This would expand access to more Americans, while allowing those who like their private insurance to keep it. As a veteran, Adam believes it’s time to follow the lead of the VA and finally allow the federal government to negotiate with drug companies to bring down the high cost of prescription drugs.
As a veteran, Adam has always valued service and put country before party, and is running for Congress to bring those values back to Washington. A former U.S. Navy officer who served in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star, Adam understands the importance of serving those who have served us. That’s why he’ll be a champion for our veterans in Congress.
Adam served in the Navy for eight years, and now serves on the Selective Service Board in Florida. He has committed to helping veterans succeed in transitioning back to civilian life due to his strong belief that since they took care of us, it’s our responsibility to take care of them. He has fought for legislation that would increase veterans’ access to education opportunities, quality healthcare, and mental health services. Adam has been a leading voice in the Florida House of Representatives on these issues and will bring that same leadership on veteran’s issues to Washington.
Workers & Families
For Adam, the issue of wages comes down to simple math. It’s just not possible to support an individual, much less a family, on minimum wage. He supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, with provisions to ensure workers receive regular increases for inflation.
Adam is also a strong supporter of labor unions, and recognizes that union leaders are behind most of the benefits that have been won for workers. As a state representative, he received a 100% union score from the AFL-CIO for his voting record. He also supported his campaign staffers’ efforts to unionize through the local chapter of IBEW, making his campaign the first in Florida to unionize during the 2020 election cycle.
Adam believes that voting is one of the most sacred rights–and responsibilities–we hold as Americans. As a State Representative, Adam fought to protect both the right to vote and access to free and fair elections.
Adam supports automatic voter registration for all American citizens. He also believes individuals convicted of nonviolent felonies should have their voting rights restored once they complete their sentences. In Congress, he will also fight to restore the full protections of the voting rights act.
Communities of Color
Adam recognizes that decades systemic discrimination have created a culture of racial inequality in America that prevents black and brown communities from getting ahead. In Congress, Adam will fight for proactive measures to reverse these injustices. These include investing in minority-owned businesses, empowering communities of color through wealth building and home ownership, and reforming our criminal justice system.
As a legislator, Adam has been a strong advocate of fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. He championed legislation to reform Florida’s definition of developmental disability–one of the most restrictive in the nation–to ensure children with rare diagnoses would not be left behind. He also fought to extend tax relief to firefighters and first responders who had become permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. In Congress, Adam will fight to ensure all persons with disabilities have fair and equal access to healthcare, education, housing, and employment.
Adam believes that investment in education is one of government’s most sacred responsibilities. He has fought for better education standards and funding as a state legislator, and will continue to do so as a Congressman. Adam supports dramatically increasing education spending, particularly for underserved communities, with a special focus on teacher pay, recruitment, and retention. He also believes it is essential to ensure every child has access to high-quality education, starting in early childhood.
Equal Rights For
Adam proudly considers himself a pro-choice feminist. In the Florida House, he cosponsored the Equal Rights Amendment, and as a Congressman he will fight to see it ratified. He believes women should be paid equally for doing the same work as men, and supports increasing pay at jobs that are disproportionately female, like teaching. Finally, Adam knows that it is past time to provide paid parental leave for all parents, as every other industrialized nation does.
LGBTQ equality was the issue that first got Adam into politics. A candidate was running to be his state representative whose claim to fame was getting LGBT pride banned in Hillsborough County for 8 years. Adam, who had recently helped his brother-in-law and husband adopt a child, knew someone had to stand up and offer a different message. He’s been a strong ally of the community ever since.
Adam has carried and cosponsored legislation in the Florida House to expand protections for LGBTQ people. This includes the Competitive Workforce Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from employment discrimination, a ban on conversion therapy for minors, and a bill to repeal Florida’s discriminatory definition of marriage. As a Congressman, he will continue to fight for LGBTQ rights in the workplace, public accomodations, and public schools, and will be a proud member of the Congressional LGBTQ caucus.
Because of his background as a ground combat veteran in the Iraq War, Adam understands the importance of safe, responsible gun ownership. He has used firearms since he was a child, has fired thousands of rounds in his lifetime, and earned the designation of rifle expert in the military. He believes there are easy steps lawmakers must take to ensure that guns do not end up in the wrong hands, including closing the gun show and online sales loopholes so that background checks for violent history occur for all gun sales. He also supports funding research on gun violence to better inform lawmakers’ decisions on gun safety legislation.
Campaign Finance Reform
Adam believes that special interests and dark money have had an outsized influence on our politics. He supports passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to limit the role corporations can play in influencing elections. He believes these reforms are necessary to ensure elected officials spend their time listening to their constituents, rather than to wealthy donors, and to enable candidates from diverse backgrounds to run for office.
Voters in Tampa need to see and hear that Adam Hattersley has dedicated his life to public service. During his eight year Navy career, Adam volunteered to deploy to Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star. As a state representative Adam has been fighting to lower prescription drug costs and help our communities recover from the crisis the coronavirus has caused. Now, he’s running for Congress where he’ll serve us by standing up to Donald Trump to protect Social Security and Medicare, protect our environment, and make sure that health care for all is a right, not a privilege.
- Social Security/Medicare: Adam Hattersley says that Social Security and Medicare are promises we made to our seniors who worked hard and earned them. In Congress, he will stop attempts to cut benefits and will never privatize Medicare or Social Security. Adam says we need to make sure these programs are there for future generations.
- Fighting for Healthcare: Hattersley says healthcare costs are out of control and now more than ever, families and seniors need good health coverage they can afford. In Congress, he will protect healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions, so insurance companies cannot kick them off their coverage. And Adam will push to lower prescription drug costs and increase access to affordable generic drugs
- Environment: Hattersley says Florida’s land and water are important resources and we must take action to protect our country from the impacts of climate change. As a veteran and engineer, he says we need to listen to Pentagon experts who warn against the national security threats of climate change. Adam believes we have a responsibility to address climate change and preserve our land and water for the next generation