“When you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work.”
Sherrod has dedicated his life in public service to fighting for what he calls ‘the dignity of work’ – the belief that hard work should pay off for everyone, no matter who you are or what kind of work you do.
Now Sherrod is taking that fight on the road with a Dignity of Work Listening Tour with stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He will be sharing some of his ideas to make hard work pay off for everyone and he wants to hear yours.
In 2018, Sherrod won decisive re-election in Ohio – a key battleground state, which Donald Trump carried by nearly 10 points.
Sherrod has fought to raise wages and benefits, lower healthcare costs, and ensure everyone can retire with dignity and security. Throughout his career, he has battled against broken tax and trade policies that put corporate profits ahead of workers and families. And he has taken on Wall Street greed and fought to end discrimination in housing and lending.
Sherrod has been a consistent champion of progressive values throughout his career in public service. He voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, against the Iraq War and against NAFTA. He is proud to have consistently earned the support of Planned Parenthood and NARAL and the opposition of the NRA.
As a former Ohio Secretary of State, Sherrod has long championed voting rights. In fact, the Washington Post called his voter registration efforts, “probably the most intensive and wide-ranging in the nation.”
Sherrod has always taken on powerful special interests and corruption in Washington. One of his recent bills was called, “just about every policy idea drug lobbyists hate.”
And he refused to accept Congressional healthcare until Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. Now he gets his health insurance through the same exchange system available to all Americans under that law.
Sherrod doesn’t own individual stocks because he believes Members of Congress should serve the American people, not their stock portfolios. And he has introduced legislation to ban government officials from profiting off of their positions.
Sherrod was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, with one of the largest margins over an incumbent in U.S. history. In 2012, dark-money special interest groups spent record amounts of money trying to defeat him, but Sherrod beat back their attacks to win re-election once again. And most recently, Sherrod won re-election by nearly 7 points in 2018.
Sherrod is a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan who was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. Today he resides in Cleveland with his wife Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Sherrod and Connie are blessed with a growing family, including three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law and three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and their beloved rescue dog, Franklin.
Sherrod drives a Jeep made by union workers in Toledo, Ohio, and his suits are made by union workers outside of Cleveland.