Science & Technology
Did you know there are currently zero scientists on the U.S. Senate science committee? In the 21st Century where science and technology impact every area of our lives, we must include scientific experts in our highest level of government. With your help, in 2020 Trish will be the first scientist elected to the Senate.
Through her work in research, Trish knows firsthand how investing in science and technology shapes our future. Accordingly, Trish is extremely passionate about the need to invest deeply in all areas of science, and to raise the funds available for researchers nationwide. Examples of next generation research include renewable and clean energy technologies, enhanced battery storage capacities (permits the creation of large scale renewable energy grids), quantum information, data security, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, mental healthcare, rare and undiagnosed diseases, neurological diseases particularly as related to aging, cancer advancements and so much more. By expanding upon the research opportunities via key granting agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and beyond, Trish is dedicated to keeping American innovation strong with Colorado at the helm. In fact, Colorado is home to 33 federal laboratories which contribute billions to the local economy and tens of thousands of jobs. By enhancing scientific funding to institutions such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), to name a few, Colorado can continue to maintain economic growth statewide and put us in the unique position to be a leader in clean energy, electric transportation, sustainable agriculture and more.
Trish talking about science in the news:
The Denverite · February 7, 2019
Environment & Sustainability
Protecting our land, air, and water for future generations is not only good for our planet, but for our physical, emotional, and financial well being. The vision of the Green New Deal is exactly that — a vision. What we need now is to elect scientific experts who can help make the vision of a green economy a reality. As a scientist, Trish is ready to use her savvy to make comprehensive plans to address climate change and capitalize on the financial benefits of being a leader on climate worldwide. Trish will support policies that aggressively and thoughtfully reduce greenhouse gases emissions across all sectors, not only energy and transportation, ensuring a smooth transition for workers. Core policies include shifting subsidies to renewable industries, a carbon tax, increasing energy efficiencies, enhancing LEED certifications, reduction of single use plastics, and more. She will also work to support larger scale transitions, such as assisting farmers in the transition to less water intensive crops such as hemp, and working to foster strong markets for such products, especially in her home state of Colorado. At the international level, Trish believes America should aim to be the example of modern excellence, respected for our foresight and innovation on the issue of environmental security. We know America is capable of great change – let’s be bold!
Click here to read Version 1 of Trish’s 12 page climate report!
Trish has worked in healthcare research for years, helping families get the medical care they need. With a focus on pediatric neurological research and mental health, Trish has seen first hand how illness can affect anyone at any time. Through her experience, Trish deeply believes in universal healthcare, and the need for non-elective healthcare services to be not-for-profit. She is also a strong advocate for comprehensive healthcare which includes mental health, vision, dental, physical and cognitive therapies, preventative services, women’s services, addiction services, vaccinations, and more. In a time when few Senators have direct healthcare experience, Trish is dedicated to using her knowledge to support policy reform that puts the needs of patients first.
Education is the backbone of a democratic society. As an educator herself, Trish is passionate about building a robust public education system, especially the expansion of our public education system to include Pre-K through 12th grade, in addition to increases in teacher pay, school supply funding (so teachers don’t have to pay for supplies), and funding for infrastructure updates. Trish is also dedicated to reducing the overall cost of college, reducing student loan interest and alleviating the student debt crisis, ensuring debt-free college opportunities, enhancement of trade schools and extended learning programs, and increasing pay and benefits for non-tenure track faculty.
Trish only supports policies that ensure the rights and equalities of all Americans. Specifically, Trish acknowledges the role of intersectionality and cultural biases in policy making, and will be a strong advocate in lifting and listening to all voices. She is especially committed to women’s rights and equality, and ensuring that Colorado leads in anti-discriminatory practices, starting with her own campaign.
Our modern world is more interconnected than ever and warfare has become highly technical and information oriented. This is yet another reason we need more people with science and technological backgrounds in the U.S. Senate. Specifically, Trish strongly supports enhancement of our national data security systems, as well as strong protections for our national grid. She supports global leadership by the United States in addressing environmental security issues and working diplomatically with our allies to diffuse conflicts, keeping a clear line of repudiating violent dictators. She acknowledges the need in defending our borders, yet keeping a warm welcome for those who seek refuge and opportunity in America. Trish also supports firearm reform policies as best reflected by the American College of Physicians, and extensive criminal justice reform such as ending for-profit prisons and gender/racial bias.
Trish grew up in a small, rural mountain town in a house her father and grandfather built. She grew up literally bringing neighbors sugar and shoveling each other’s driveways when storms came. To this end, Trish deeply values rural life and the role of small communities play in America. She also knows that sometimes it can feel like the policies better benefit the urban lifestyles, so she would like to reassure rural Coloradans that she will work tirelessly to provide rural communities good jobs, access to healthcare, and innovation while still maintaining your unique cultures.