I am running for Congress out of a strong sense of duty to my community and country. If you're tired of division and partisanship, I need your help getting to Congress.
My opponent stood against the will of the people three times and still refuses to say the U.S. held a legitimate election. This is unacceptable. If you agree it's time for honest, ethical change, can you pitch in?
A Congressman is someone who represents their community members on a national level – someone who advocates for constituents on a national platform. I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula because we do not currently have someone who is working for the people.
Jack Bergman opposed relief for small businesses during the pandemic. He voted against VA improvements, vital infrastructure, broadband expansion, and the child tax credit. His positions are not in the best interest of our District, State, or Country. It's time for change.
To start my career as a public servant, I thought it necessary to be well educated, so my master plan included obtaining advanced degrees in social work, public health, and medicine. I was blessed and I started my career in social work at a veteran's hospital, followed by three years working in Indian Health Service as a family physician.
In 1989 I moved my family to the beautiful state of Michigan and practiced as a family physician in Marquette for two decades. Then Peggy and I joined the State Department's Foreign Service out of a sense of national duty. I served as a diplomat doing tours in Pakistan, South Korea, Afghanistan, Morocco, and North Africa for ten years, followed by Iraq.
After my last two-year tour in Iraq, I returned home to retire, but instead, I became medical director for the health department during the worse pandemic our country has seen in 100 years.
Why? – a sense of duty and service. Now I wish to continue my public service to represent you in Congress.
What service means to me
Service is what has guided all my professional decisions
I hope to offer Northern Michigan true, honest and ethical representation. I'm confident I can be an effective member of Congress and guide us on a national and worldwide stage under the ideals and principles of what it means to be a proud American. I am running on a bedrock of principles — wisdom, justice, courage, kindness, democratic freedom, and equality under the law.
I believe we all deserve a change. We deserve a Representative with a moral compass, integrity, someone who speaks the truth and tries to embody all that is best in this great District. We deserve a Congressman with a vision who can recognize problems on the horizon and develop reasonable solutions, someone who can build a consensus to achieve that vision.
You deserve a member of Congress that listens to you - and that represents you. I hope to be that person.
What I stand for
I support universal healthcare, childcare, and the expansion of Medicaid and Medicare. No one should suffer the consequences of not being able to afford access to medical care.
When I look at my 200 thousand hospital bills from a simple but bad gallbladder problem, I worry about those faced with a similar situation but without resources.
We are still in a pandemic, and we must move forward together. Vaccination is the best strategy we have to address COVID along with appropriate masking. I am committed to advocating for science and data to inform our response.
I support sound environmental policies to protect our future and especially for us, our Great Lakes. As our Native American colleagues' Seventh Generation Principle, today's decisions should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.
I support jobs with living wages - if an adult is working a full-time job, they should not have to count on food stamps to sustain their family.
I support critical investments in our infrastructure. It will ignite the economy and bring much-needed jobs to our District–putting money in working families' pockets and food on the table, all without raising taxes.
Especially important for the First District is Broadband expansion. A nation without rural connectivity is unacceptable. For our first District, it will be an economic boom for businesses, jobs, and education, not to mention our quality of life.
I support federal solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Housing costs have risen at rates that are outpacing stagnant salary growth. I want to be part of a national solution to this ongoing challenge in our district.
I support our democracy, election, and voters' rights. I believe our democracy is stronger when it is accessible to as many eligible voters as possible, built on inclusion, equal treatment, and participation.
I support a thriving economy. Nearly every solution we propose must relate directly back to a healthy, vibrant economy. I have offered dozens of robust solutions to inflation, supply and demand issues, work shortages, off-shoring, and reigniting small businesses.
These important issues and many others separate each of us in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula from our current representation in Congress.
How we'll get there
It's time to unite.
You don't need to hear it from me, but we all know that the United States is divided economically, politically, and culturally more than ever before. We are even divided on science.
It's time to come together and push for government solutions that reflect the best of Northern Michigan's values and priorities.
I will strive to be Northern Michigan's voice of reason in Washington.
I'm eager to continue my service.
I am seeking to be a true representative of the needs of the people.
What I need from you
Asking for help does not come naturally, but with complete admission that we need campaign finance reform so candidates can concentrate on proposing solutions instead of raising money, we still have to compete. We're campaigning in the second largest district east of the Mississippi River. Covering this type of ground requires a lot of resources.
Currently, my campaign is funded exclusively through the generosity of small contributors like you and we're holding our own in fundraising, but we can't let up. I need your help maintaining momentum through December. Please consider volunteering. We need you.
Help us advance our cause and bring authentic representation for Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to Congress in 2023. Thank you.
- Dr. Bob Lorinser