Martha Stevens is a progressive Democrat seeking Missouri House District 46 in 2016. Stevens holds the view that everyone is a stakeholder when it comes to the democratic process and encourages all Missourians to engage.
Stevens’ had the opportunity to grow up all over the country and overseas as her father is an Army veteran who retired to Waynesville, Missouri when Stevens was sixteen. Stevens first moved to Columbia in 2002 to attend the University of Missouri where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and also completed a Master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in public policy in 2013.
Stevens has spent years advocating for increased health care access through Medicaid Expansion, championing women’s health care and reproductive rights, and working with low-income seniors in Mid-Missouri. Working with communities in both rural Missouri and Columbia, Stevens has observed the need for public policy and legislation to serve as a vehicle to address social and economic inequalities.
Between 2006-2011, Stevens worked with low income seniors and adults with disabilities, first working for the state of Missouri and then later for a not-for-profit in Seattle, Washington. Stevens fully supports programs that enables seniors to live and age in place and in local communities.
In 2011, Stevens returned to Columbia to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and it was during her Master’s program that Stevens began to engage on a wide range of issues that are debated by the Missouri Legislature.
Stevens fought for reproductive rights as a community organizer for Planned Parenthood during the 2013 and 2014 legislative session. In her work at Planned Parenthood, Stevens also engaged in outreach and public education for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act & the private marketplace where Missourians have the opportunity to sign up for health insurance.
Stevens is very proud of her work in 2013 around the rollout of the marketplace and the Affordable Care Act. Stevens was humbled to work with so many advocates in Missouri and be a resource for uninsured Missourians. It was a true collaborative effort by many individuals and organizations that resulted in a highly successful first open enrollment period.
Martha Stevens is running for office because she is tired of seeing continued inaction in Jefferson City on issues that could help hundreds of thousands of Missourians.
Stevens is fully committed to advocating on a number of issues including:
- Equality for LGBTQ Missourians
- Reproductive rights
- Improved access to health care for all Missourians
- Workers’ rights
- Expanding access and protecting the right to vote
- An economy that works for all Missourians