A working mom and a grandmother, Melissa Gilbert is running for Congress to fight for the children and families of Michigan. At a time when career politicians in Congress have stacked the deck against working families, Melissa, a community advocate, will be a voice for the people of Michigan.
Melissa is deeply involved in Michigan’s 8th congressional district. A small business owner, she lives in Livingston County with her husband Tim. Together, they run a small production company, Grand River Productions.
Melissa landed her first big acting job at age nine playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie. She later went on to become president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for four years, representing over 100,000 workers across the country. While there, she strengthened laws protecting child actors, and protected and expanded retirement and health care benefits for retirees. While President of SAG, she also served on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and fought for millions of working families in the United States.
Hardworking and committed, Melissa hopes to use her voice to help make a difference for everyday Michiganders. She’ll fight to increase incomes for working families, ensure that companies provide paid sick and family leave to their workers, make sure every child has access to state-of-the art education, and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work and can continue to make decisions about their own health care. Melissa will be an advocate for all working families in Michigan, not just a select few.
Melissa in the News
WHMI: UAW Endorses Gilbert In 8th District Race
Livingston Daily: Gilbert gets AFL-CIO endorsement
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