Workers’ Newest Allies in State and Federal Government (Part 4 of Series)

In 2018, at the age of 38, Morgan McGarvey was elected minority leader in the Kentucky Senate, making him one of the youngest legislators in the nation to serve in a leadership role.

During his 10 years as a state senator, McGarvey was known for being able to work across the aisle while not compromising on his steadfast commitment to protecting workers and fighting to build an economy that prioritizes the needs of working families.

McGarvey's highest priority is expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare, which stems from the hardships he and his wife had getting insurance for their twins who were born 14 weeks premature. They spent months in the hospital before being approved to go home. 

With the strong support of more than a dozen unions, including the USW, McGarvey was elected to Congress in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District in 2022.

Pictured: (center) Congressman McGarvey with USW District Director Larry Ray (left), District 8 Staff and members of USW Local 1693 who are employed by Louisville Slugger.

In Congress, McGarvey has doubled down on his pledge to fight for a strong middle class. After strongly opposing anti-union "Right to Work" legislation in the Kentucky Senate, McGarvey has quickly stepped up to support strengthening workers' bargaining power as a co-sponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

He is also committed to ensuring the investments we make in infrastructure, public education, and renewable energy go to companies with unionized workers.

"Congressman McGarvey has made a tremendous effort to understand the issues that affect our members. He has been in our plants, talked to our members, and has an open-door policy to discuss working issues with him," said Larry Ray, USW District 8 Director. "Having a Representative who not only listens but cares about working families is why we do this work."

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