Dr. Jill Stein announced her candidacy for president in June 2015 and became the official Green Party presidential nominee in August 2016 for the second time. She was born in Chicago, Illinois but now lives in Massachusetts with her husband Richard Rohrer. Stein's 2012 campaign for the White House in 2012 earned her 469,501 votes -- less than half of one percent of the total vote. She also ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010 . She began her career as a physician and as an activist, graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1979 and working in internal medicine for 25 years. In 1998, Stein started focusing on issues outside of the medical field when she started protesting the "Filthy Five" coal plants in Massachusetts. During the 2016 campaign Stein has made an aggressive play for Bernie Sanders supporters discontent with Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Jill Stein, 2015
Now is the time to seize this moment of crisis together and create the world of democracy, justice and peace that we all we deserve.
About the Candidate:
Birth May 14, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois
Age on Inauguration Day 66 years old
Education Harvard University
Family Married to Richard Rohrer and has two sons.
Net worth Not available
Political career Candidate, U.S. president (2012); Candidate, governor (2002, 2010); Elected member, Lexington Town Meeting, Precinct 2, (2005-2009)
Top 5 donor industries Retired, Education, Electronics Mfg & Equip, Democratic/Liberal, Civil Servants/Public Officials
Jill Stein on
Pro-choice. Believes healthcare is a right, including women's reproductive rights.
Supports Black Lives Matter, wants to end racism and police militarization. "We need to affirm now, with both actions and words, that Black Lives Matter."
Wants to get money out of politics, pushing for full public financing of elections.
“I think it's better that candidates are not in the business of fundraising at all.”
Against the death penalty, says it is ineffective and barbaric.
Has called for an end of the war on drugs.
“Drug use is a public health issue, not a criminal or moral issue. It should not be dealt with in the criminal justice system, but primarily as a public health issue.”
Wants to establish a $15 federal minimum wage. Increase taxes on Wall Street, big corporations, and the wealthy to ensure they “pay their fair share.” Create “living-wage jobs” for every American, and replace unemployment offices with “employment offices.”
Make education a right for all Americans. Wants to abolish student debt. Guarantee tuition-free public education from pre-school through college.
Propose and lead a global treaty to stop climate change. Wants to halt “destructive energy extraction”: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines.
Plans to cut military spending by at least 50%. End wars and drone attacks and shutter all foreign military bases.
Supports gun control legislation. “Yes. For public safety, gun ownership should be appropriately regulated.”
Supports a single-payer “Medicare For All” public health insurance program.
Plans to create a “welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants.”
“Deportation of vulnerable refugees is morally abhorrent.”
Plans to protect “LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination.”
Respects faith, however supports a “moral and ethical foundation of how society works--but that is independent of faith.”
Wants to save Social Security and Medicare.
Says she will ensure the wealthy “pay their fair share.”
Wants to “instituted an estate tax so we would not have massive inherited wealth so we would not have an aristocracy like we left behind in Europe.”