Current Position: Lawyer and army reservist of District 17
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 17
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sther Joy King is a battle-ready leader with a heart to serve. Esther’s training as a lawyer and Captain in the Army Reserve makes her ready to get things done for us in Congress, starting on day one.
She learned the value of service from her parents who were missionaries on the US-Mexico border in Juarez. Although her family did not have much, they were generous to those who were less fortunate. It was growing up in this life of ministry that Esther learned the values of faith, family, and tireless sacrifice for others.
After earning a marketing degree in college, Esther spent time in Kabul, Afghanistan serving as an aid worker for women’s rights. She became passionate about democracy, human rights, and America’s ability to be a force for good in the world. During the disastrous military withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Esther fought to help dozens of the young girls she once taught escape the brutal Taliban regime.
Esther studied law at Northwestern School of Law, where she earned a JD and Masters of Law in Taxation. She began her legal career as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and later had the opportunity to serve the State of Illinois in the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology. These experiences motivate Esther to seek out common-sense solutions for the workers and small business owners of Illinois.
Because of her desire to serve our great nation, Esther is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. She was recently promoted to Captain and assigned to the Rock Island Arsenal.
Today, in addition to her service in the Army, Esther is an entrepreneur and practices law in East Moline focusing on real estate for economic development. Esther understands the genuine struggles of making ends meet in the face of a slow economy and dysfunctional government. One of the main drivers of her run for Congress is growing economic opportunities for the people of central and Western Illinois.
KING, ESTHER JOY has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,994,066.
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Esther Joy King is a leader who has a heart to serve. She learned the value of serving from her parents who were missionaries on the US-Mexico border. Although her family did not have much, they were generous to those who were less fortunate. As Esther grew up, she learned the importance of helping people
Democracy & Governance
Bipartisanship is not selling out our values, or the needs of our district, to make political gains. True bipartisan cooperation is putting the needs of our district forward for consideration and working with others to find ways to give where it doesn’t matter as much as to gain where it matters the most.
Finding ways to ensure that the needs of the Illinois 17th district come first, before party, before politics, and before special interests, is the key to moving our regional economy ahead to keep pace with the national growth trends.
Just like households must do, the federal government needs to live within its means. Our national debt is $19 trillion and growing, and we continue to have a government that taxes, borrows, and spends too much. As your Congresswoman, I will fight to control spending in order to address the national debt – ensuring that our children and grandchildren are not forced to pay for the mistakes of today’s generation.
Economy & Jobs
American workers, including the workforce in the Illinois 17th District, are potentially the best workers in the world. American workers suffer from unfair trade and labor practices creating good-paying jobs in China and elsewhere overseas, and that needs to cease immediately. We need financial policies and trade practices that create American jobs, return our supply chain to American soil, and grow the American economy.
Manufacturing is a vital segment of our nation’s and the 17th Congressional District’s economy. We must preserve our country’s role as the global leader, as a robust manufacturing sector provides growth and opportunity for the American workforce.
Manufacturers need the necessary tools and resources to thrive. It should be the role of the government to implement a framework that allows for innovation and manufacturing to prosper. The 17th Congressional District of Illinois needs someone who will work with those at the Federal and State levels to provide manufacturers with the ability to succeed.
Enhancing and empowering Americans to start and grow small businesses is a vital component of our long-term economic success as a country. Small businesses create two-thirds of the growth in jobs in the American economy. Nurturing the growth sector of the economy and expanding access to markets to make the export of American products more competitive is what will create jobs and ensure economic opportunity and success for future generations.
Agriculture is the heart of the Illinois 17th District, the proud home to thousands of farms. Esther is proud to stand up for our family farms and will fight for farmers when elected to Congress.
The agribusiness economy is the economic engine that drives our state, with farmers adding huge value to our economy. We must make it possible for the next generation of farmers to be competitive by ensuring access to existing markets and creating new markets for our exports.
By passing reasonable long-term farm bills, ensuring access to reliable crop insurance, and promoting new technologies and opportunities, we can ensure that future generations are excited about their prospects in the agribusiness economy. Our farmers need federal support when appropriate, but not federal interference. Our economy relies on advocating for sensible environmental policies that recognize farmers as the best stewards of their land and standing up for farmers when policies seek to turn back the clock on the advances we have made.
A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay is one of the most basic contracts that can exist in the modern workforce. When it comes to organized labor, we need representation that supports the rights of workers to organize if they choose to. It is vital that we support collective bargaining.
Management and labor succeed when they work together and are encouraged to have an open, direct, fair, and honest relationship because that is what creates a successful enterprise long-term.
A basic element of the American work landscape is the idea that people are best when they are working together to improve themselves and their community. Trying to find ways to unite to create more and better jobs, increase production and economic growth, and elevate income is pro-worker and pro-middle class.
One of the most pressing issues facing the American workforce is training workers to prepare them for high-tech jobs. American manufacturing can lead the world in high-tech applications and to make sure our workforce is prepared to stay at the front of the pack. To do that, we must fully fund trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and workplace safety training.
Trade is paramount to the 17th Congressional District. Free trade strengthens our economy by expanding investment opportunities, opening new markets for our industries, and creating jobs. I am committed to ensuring Illinois has access to free and fair trade, while also ensuring the United States’ trading relationships are a high priority. Expanding access to emerging markets is crucial for creating opportunities for U.S. manufacturers, farmers, and service providers to sell more American-made goods and services around the world.
Environment & Energy
We must make the necessary investments to keep our nation’s infrastructure system strong. This work also creates jobs and can boost the region’s economy. It is imperative that the federal government provide local and state governments with the flexibility required to meet the needs of very diverse states across our nation as well as long-term certainty when it comes to funding, so they can plan and deliver projects. I am committed to fighting for transparency, local control, and streamlined processes so projects can get done in a timely fashion while maintaining safety standards. Whether roads, bridges, railways, transit, ports, airways, or locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, improving new and existing infrastructure is vital for economic growth and job creation.
Health & Education
Making sure all children have the access and opportunity to a high-quality education is critical and ensuring parents have a say in this education is just as important. For our educational experience to be world-class, we need to ensure schools have dedicated and sustainable funding that is actually benefiting the students. Federal funding should provide resources and training for our educators, properly equip classrooms, and maintain local control over curriculum and leadership, and encourage parental engagement.
For too long, our high schools have focused on only one path forward for graduates – a four-year college degree. It’s time we teach our students that anything is possible upon graduation. While a four-year college education may be great for many students, it’s not for every student and it’s certainly not the only way to be successful in life. Vocational and on-the-job training programs are just as important to present as options as four-year institutions are. We are facing a labor shortage, in part, due to our aging skilled trades’ workforce. My goal is to work with labor groups and businesses to help promote these programs that help young adults succeed in life.
However, for those choosing to attend a four-year university, it’s important we work to contain the costs of college and help students understand loans and borrowing to ensure they’re graduating with less debt.
As the most prosperous nation to ever exist, Americans deserve access to quality healthcare, and it’s up to our leadership to make care more accessible at a reasonable cost. America needs market-based healthcare, giving customers more choice, and keeping costs down.
Patients and their doctors should be responsible for healthcare decisions, not insurance companies or Washington bureaucrats.
We should have laws that encourage employers to offer health insurance plans with more flexibility for the consumer, and work for innovative solutions to help self-employed workers—including farmers—because as our “gig-economy” grows, healthcare access should not hold back bold business ideas that grow small- to mid-sized business and strengthen our communities.
Right to Life
Science has shown and is continuing to present research that a fetus is a human being with completely unique DNA that can feel pain early in development. The Declaration of Independence declares individuals are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” including the right to life. We must protect the most vulnerable, including babies in the womb.
We need to support and expand access to women’s healthcare for Federally Qualified Health Clinics and Rural Health Clinics (which do not provide abortion but provide other critical health services for women). Adoption must be an easier option for mothers.
I’m unapologetically pro-life. I am also pro-women’s rights, especially the rights of female babies who are still in the womb.
The American Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, and I’m committed to protecting this right. Too often, the left’s solution to gun violence is to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Creating a new law for criminals to break I also support efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and those who would commit acts of mass violence. We need a holistic approach to stopping violence by involving community leaders, law enforcement, gun manufacturers, and mental health professionals. We need to fund law enforcement fully, so they have the tools they need to enforce the laws already on the books and to stop violence before it starts.
Supporting The Police
The violence and destruction of property in America underscores the need to invest in public safety. We can’t follow the liberals’ reckless agenda of defunding law enforcement agencies. We must do a better job of keeping our communities safe. We need congressional leaders who support good law enforcement and are committed to protecting people, property, and communities.
Growing up on the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, I have a firsthand understanding of immigration. I’ve witnessed illegal border crossings with my own eyes, and I’ve watched my brother-in-law struggle with his student visa after marrying my sister. He was forced to get in line, pay a lot of money, and to wait for three years before he was able to return to this nation legally. Now he is a successful business owner who pays his taxes and contributes to society.
Immigration policy must begin with securing our borders. America is a land of opportunity, giving so many immigrants a better life and strengthening the fabric of who we are as a county. America is also a nation founded on laws, and our laws need to be enforced to keep our country strong and united.
Congress needs to work to repair this broken system by enacting new immigration laws that protect us and provide a legal pathway to citizenship for those willing to comply with our rules. Children who were brought to America illegally at an early age need a legal path to become citizens, and they need to be in line with those who have waited patiently to come to America legally.
National Security is the primary function of the federal government. The men and women in uniform are the ones who protect our unique democratic society. America needs to lead the world in defense. We need leadership that will arm our military with the resources and training they need to defend our nation from potential domestic attacks on our water and energy and to provide strong national defense from foreign threats.
As a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, I understand the importance of national defense, and I’m committed to a strong military and to honor the brave men and women who serve this nation. It is vital to provide our military with the training and resources they need to handle the mounting security challenges and threats around the world.
We have a duty to honor the promises we made to those who put on the uniform to protect our freedom. The VA needs serious oversight from our leaders. Our veterans deserve the best care there is to offer. Holding our VA accountable will be one of my top priorities in Congress to ensure veterans are getting the care they deserve. While there have been improvements from federal legislation in recent years, there’s still more work to be done. If I’m elected, veterans in this district will always have a strong voice for them – getting the answers they need from the VA and fighting for the reforms they deserve.
The State of Israel
America stands with the State of Israel. This importance of the long-standing United States-Israel strategic relationship is clear. The State of Israel is the only true democracy in the Mideast, and Israel shares our American values. The continued relationship between America and the State of Israel is important to the interests of both nations. Together we pursue human dignity and freedom. Together we remain committed to education and innovation, science and technology, commerce and economic development, independence and self-determination, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness. The State of Israel is a vital ally of the United States. I unequivocally condemn antisemitism, but condemnation is not enough. We must speak up and step up against hate. We need members of Congress who will encourage everyone, especially our leaders, educators, community organizations, and houses of worship to work to understand and oppose baseless hatred and antisemitism.