USW-Backed Rep. Andy Kim Shows Commitment to Workers, Democracy

Our union is extremely proud to have supported New Jersey Representative Andy Kim, who has been unwavering in his support for working families. 

When rioters stormed the capitol on Jan. 6 and attempted to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election results, Rep. Kim showed all of America a side of himself that humbled us, and made us even more honored to call him our friend and ally.  

Kim stayed in the Capitol building until 3:00 a.m., cleaning up debris and wreckage that remained following a day of violence that left at least four people dead. 

“When I was walking back to the House chamber, I went through the rotunda . . .I was just devastated by what I saw,” Kim said later in an interview with NBC News.  “The rotunda is this center of the building. In many ways, it’s the center of our democracy. And it was just littered with garbage and debris, cigarette butts put out on statues and thrown on the floor.”

As we look back on the unthinkable events of Jan. 6, our union couldn’t be prouder of our decision to endorse Kim when he first ran for Congress in 2017. Steelworkers helped him secure his narrow, 5,000-vote victory by knocking on doors and making phone calls to union voters on his behalf. 

During his first term, Rep. Kim stood with us 100 percent of the time, voting to protect USW pensions, strengthen workers’ rights, and crack down on employers who put profits before worker safety.

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