Kevin S. O'Keeffe

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

Candidate Profile

Maryland Votes 2006

August 23, 2006

Date of birth: Jan. 22, 1964

Party affiliation: Democrat

Professional experience: Attorney; public-sector lobbyist for Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County

Education: Loyola High School; Georgetown University; Georgetown University Law Center

Personal: Native Baltimorean; author of Baltimore Politics 1971-1986: The Schaefer Years and the Struggle for Succession

1. Why are you running for Congress? I have spent most of my life in the 3rd Congressional District. As your Congressman, I want to make our community a better place to live, work, receive an education, raise a family and enjoy retirement. I want to make sure that all the citizens of the 3rd District have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

2. What is your position on current U.S. policy in Iraq? We must provide the resources necessary to protect our brave soldiers in Iraq. The United States should seek a withdrawal in a reasonable time frame that does not jeopardize our national security interests. Congress should be vigilant in questioning the administration about what is happening in Iraq. We cannot set any timetables until we truly know what is happening.

3. What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program? The Medicare prescription drug plan is too confusing and does not provide the benefits necessary to meet the needs of our seniors. The plan should be simplified. The list of prescription drugs covered should be expanded. Those covered by the plan should be able to make adjustments to their plan without penalty. The plan should ensure that prescription costs are not prohibitive.

4. What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District? National Security, Economic Security, and the need for fiscal responsibility. To build a first-rate public transportation system that lessens our dependence on gas and helps create a healthier environment.

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