Teacher. Scientist. Small Business Owner.

We don’t need more career politicians in Washington. I’m a local classroom teacher who decided to run after I saw my students and their families struggling with rising tuition and the cost of living. Meanwhile, Washington politicians kept putting special interests and partisanship over their constituents.

It takes more than just a Republican or just a Democrat to ensure a child has access to a good education, someone has a job with a livable wage, or a street gets repaired. It takes people working together, regardless of party, to find common-sense solutions to our nation’s challenges.

I’m running for Congress to be a champion for the community I love and bring fresh leadership to Washington. I will stand up to the special interests that have overrun Congress and I won’t be afraid to hold the Trump Administration accountable.

Working families and students need an advocate who will fight for them. They need someone who represents the values of our community – those same American values that say we can still accomplish great things and find solutions when we all work together.  

I look forward to listening to your ideas and I hope you will join with me today.

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Phil and his wife Angela

Phil Janowicz is President and CEO of Quill and Abacus, an education consulting firm focused on narrowing the opportunity gap for first generation and low-income students. He is also a former chemistry teacher who taught as a professor at California State University Fullerton (CSUF).

Phil began his career in education while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after he was chosen as one of only three students in his chemistry class to be a teaching assistant. Phil worked his way through MIT by taking a job in the mailroom to cover expenses. After he earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in both Brain and Cognitive Science, and Chemistry from MIT, he went on to get his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. There, he pioneered the first fully online Organic Chemistry course, attracting students from all over the world.

Phil then moved to Orange County to teach at Cal State Fullerton. There he founded the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, which provides extra instruction and support for students. During his time at Cal State Fullerton, Phil mentored over 100 students in both the SI program and his research lab. Phil’s commitment to his students and his innovative teaching style led him to be honored with the Sony Electronics Award for Innovative Teaching in Technology.

However, after seeing his students struggle to balance full-time schooling with the high-cost and pressures of basic necessities, Phil realized that he could draw more attention to the important issues and find better solutions through public service.

Phil is dedicated to improving affordability and increasing access to both education and healthcare. It was through coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act that allowed Phil to pursue entrepreneurship. He is committed to working to ensure everyone has the same opportunities to succeed.

Phil currently lives in Buena Park with his wife, Angela, a native of Rowland Heights and an English Teacher at Fullerton College. They have two dogs named Molly and Jasmine and a cat named Arya.


On the Issues

Healthcare

Affordable healthcare is a right for all Americans, and no one should have to worry about seeing a doctor because of a financial burden. Like many others, I’ve faced my own medical emergencies, and it was only thanks to the healthcare plan my union fought for that I was saved from personal hardship. I was fortunate, but many are not. Every American deserves access to the same quality coverage that saved my life that day and that is what I will fight for in congress. I believe in a single-payer system like Medicare-for-All phased in over time that provides universal coverage for all Americans. But first, we have to protect Medicare and the ACA from congressional attacks, ensure states are expanding Medicaid, and that nobody loses the healthcare they have.

Education

Education is the best means to a strong middle class, and in order to plan for the jobs of tomorrow, we need to educate the students of today. I support debt-free college through increased Pell grants and lower student loans. In order to strengthen our public education system, we need to support our students and support our teachers with more funding to allow them to thrive. I released a comprehensive plan that provides tuition-free community college and vocational programs without tax increases called the HOPE Act. Read it here.

 

Labor

A good union job was once the ticket to the middle class and still is for some, but workers have been under attack as wage growth has slowed, industries have changed, and jobs are shipped overseas. Protecting a worker’s right to organize without intimidation is paramount. I’m in favor of Project Labor Agreements and the Employee Free Choice Act. I will fight against right-to-work legislation and any attacks on Davis-Bacon, and I won’t support trade deals that harm American workers. Updating America’s transportation, sewage, and energy infrastructure, with a focus on local projects, is a top priority for me. I also believe in expanding apprenticeship schools and vocational programs within our community colleges and high schools and making a skilled trade and craft a path to a good, middle-class job.

LGBTQ Rights

LGBTQ Rights

Every person deserves to be treated equally under the law according to the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. I support federal laws such as the Equality Act that protect LGBTQ individuals from violence and discrimination. LGBTQ individuals are human beings, and they deserve all the legal rights that all citizens are afforded.

Criminal Justice Reform

Every year we spend billions of dollars more on prisons than on education. We have a broken criminal justice system that disproportionately affects communities of color by way of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum sentencing laws. I support the reclassification of lower-level, petty crimes, reducing mandatory minimum sentencing, and crime-prevention policies for at-risk youth. I fully support federal laws that aim to rehabilitate–rather than punish–incarcerated individuals who have paid their debt back into society.

 
Climate Change

Climate Change

The overwhelming global consensus among climate experts is that climate change is occurring and that it is man-made. This is not a partisan issue, and we need to act now for our children, our children’s children, and our planet. I support legislation that promotes a just transition away from fossil fuels to renewable and clean, sustainable energy.

 
Immigration

Immigration

Nearly every family can point to immigrant ancestors or relatives who came to this country in search of the American dream. I support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, a clean Dream Act, and protecting TPS and DACA. I’ve seen the contributions of our Dreamers firsthand as a professor and we need to do everything we can to protect our immigrant communities from living in fear. We need to promote an inclusive society and not a tiered class system.

Science Policy

American investment in science has been steadily dropping since the 2nd World War, and we are losing our scientific edge. The world’s best scientists are starting to flee the US for better funding opportunities, and new innovations that will shape the next century are occurring elsewhere. I support reinvesting in science in the US and discovering the jobs of tomorrow right here in the USA.

 
Gun Safety Reform

Gun Safety Reform

As a teacher, I’ve been in the classroom during a gun-threat lockdown with an active shooter on campus. I’ve seen the terror on my students’ faces as they huddled in my lab fearing the worst. Unfortunately, the tragedy of gun violence touches too many families and the escalation of mass shootings over the past decade must be stopped. Like many people, I’m tired of empty words and hollow statements from politicians. To bring fundamental change, we have to elect new lawmakers who have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby. I will never take a single cent from the NRA, and I’m committed to reinstating bans on large magazines and assault weapons, in addition to other common-sense reforms like better record-keeping and stricter enforcement of existing laws to finally end the horrific cycle of gun violence in America.

Wages

Wages are stagnant and are starting to decline, even with unemployment at near lows.  The economic gains have been going mainly to the upper class and leaving the middle class behind.  I fully support raising the federal minimum wage and indexing it to inflation. Increasing the minimum wage does not lead to job loss but leads to families being able to pay their bills.

Women's Rights

I fully support federal laws that promote women’s rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality, such as guaranteeing maternity and paternity leave and equal pay for equal work, because women deserve to be paid the same as men for the same work. Furthermore, I am in unequivocal support of a women’s right to choose, and women shouldn’t be charged more for healthcare solely based on their gender.

Veterans Issues

America has a sacred bond with all of its veterans and servicemen and women. Our commitment to them must match their commitment to our country. This includes ensuring their protection while in uniform and throughout deployment. After discharge, it is our duty to ensure all veterans receive the highest quality healthcare, education, and job training. Congress must use its oversight role to ensure that a fully-funded Veterans Affairs (VA) Department is run efficiently and prioritizes the care of our veterans. I’m fully in favor of the 9/11 GI Bill and expanding it further to include additional vocational and skills training, certificates, and additional resources for transitional training for veterans returning to civilian life.

 

 

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