Short Bio:

  • Mary is a single mother with four children who knows what it’s like to work two jobs to keep a family going
  • Mary was born and raised in Montana
  • Mother of four children, Margaret graduate of U of M, Hallie Jr. at U. of M., Joseph and Kenji students at Helena High.

Experience:

Mary has served in the Montana legislature for six years and been the executive director of WEEL—Working for Equality and Economic Liberation for more than a decade. She’s owned a small business and worked as a waitress. Mary is a member of the following boards and councils:

  • Vice chair of House Health and Human Services Committee
  • Montana Health Care Advisory Council
  • Northwest Energy Coalition
  • Growing Communities and Gro—Montana
  • Helena YWCA
  • Helena Golden Nuggets
  • Montana Kids Count

Advocacy Awards and Honors 2005-2010:

  • MT Food Security Council: Recognized Mary for innovative solutions to hunger for the community garden project.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars: Recognized Mary for her legislation on behalf of homeless vets.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Chose Mary to head up their Teddy Bear Parade
  • Families USA: “National Consumer Health Advocate of the Year”
  • Petra Fellow: Chosen for her work as an unsung hero for human rights
  • 2009 Special Food Security Council Award: For her untiring efforts to find funding for emergency food for Montanans.
  • Disability Rights Organization, AWARE: “Advocate of the Year”
  • Fleming Fellow: Selected for her courage, commitment to public service and understanding of the integral role of government in social justice
  • National Partnership for Women and Families: “Legislator doing the Most for Working Families.”

Beliefs:

  • We can build an inclusive economy that works for all Montanans by investing in small business, education, and job training
  • Essential services such as food, health care and education must come first in times of scarce budget resources.
  • Fair taxation is essential to an effective government
  • Senior citizen’s should not be forced to choose between a meal and medication
  • Public lands should stay in public hands

 

“I’ve listened for many years as your legislator and as a community organizer. Bringing people together, we’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s more to do. I’ve experienced first-hand how state policies effect Montanans. I will continue working for you in the Senate.”



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Media Press

  • Mary Caferro (D), House District 80--sponsored bills, associated bills, committee assignments, and committee hearings: read more >>
  • Mary Caferro receives award her work in social justice (Families USA, January 25, 2008) read more >>
  • Working Woman’s Blues: "We can set targeted polices that create upward mobility for women." (Helena Independent Record, September 21, 2008)
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  • Bottom Up Power: Democrats in Montana
    (The Nation, April 9, 2007) read more >>
  • “Shouldn’t we be 50% of the legislature?”
    (The Missoulian, November 15, 2004) read more >>
  • Caferro Supports Senator Obama read more >>
  • Raising political donation limit (Montana Standard,
    April 21, 2008) read more >>
  • Caferro supports well-child services for children up to age 7 (Montana Standard, April 15, 2007)
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  • Caferro supports the Healthy Montana Kids plan ballet initiative (Stateline.org, September 17, 2008)
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  • Health Care is Big Hole (Lee State Bureau,
    May 29, 2006) read more >>
  • Montana Women's Lobby read more >>
  • At the Tipping Point-Healthcare (Independent Record, March 07, 2003) read more >>
  • At Home Infant Care read more >>
  • 1000 Voices--Health Care is a Human Right (video)
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  • "I am a reflection, a representative of probably millions of people who live in poverty who, if given the chance, they will be successful." (NPR, August 22, 2006) (audio)
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  • America can improve health and energy policies
    (Billings Gazette, August 14, 2009) read more >>
  • Climate Change first affects people who are living in poverty (Independent Record, December 6, 2007)
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  • Payday lending is a "downward spiral" (Independent Record, November 22, 2007) read more >>
  • Many jobs fail to pay a living wage (Independent Record, October 10, 2007) read more >>
  • At-Home Infant Care Womenenews.org,
    September 1, 2002 read more >

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