|Name||Benjamin S. Lowe|
Wheaton, Illinois , United States
|| March 30, 1984
Oct 09, 2010 12:28am
Asian - Chinese - Christian -
|Info||Ben Lowe is a Democrat running to represent Illinois’ 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, an active member of the Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church, and a resident of the city of Wheaton. |
Much of Ben’s professional life has focused on environmental stewardship and climate change. He co-founded and currently co-coordinates Renewal, a national grassroots network committed to equipping students to care for the environment. He previously served as director of outreach for A Rocha USA, part of an international conservation organization. Ben is also the author of Green Revolution, a practical book showcasing the growing Christian environmental stewardship movement and inviting others to join in. He advocates aggressive development of green jobs, in service of both the environment and the economy. Ben further believes that reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources reaps the added benefit of promoting our national economy and guarding our national security.
Until the age of 16, Ben lived mostly in Singapore, studying in a public school system which exceeds the American median in educational standards and attainment, especially in math and sciences. A country which does not lead the world in education risks its future. So Ben is also passionate about finding workable solutions to a system that still leaves too many children behind, particularly in our less affluent cities and towns.
His years living overseas, coupled with a summer science-research grant in rural sub-Saharan Africa, nurtured another passion in Ben: a concern for a more nuanced foreign policy, and the renunciation of foreign adventurism and nation-building. He advocates the highest care for our troops serving bravely in the face of danger; one of the highest forms of care is a foreign policy which acts more judiciously before thrusting troops into danger. Ben supports an expeditious end to wars that have proven devastatingly costly in terms of both American soldier and local civilian casualties. Money saved from war could more usefully promote economic development abroad, so as to re-brand America’s image throughout the world, using our global position of influence to encourage peace, respect for human rights, and religious freedom.
The son of a naturalized U.S. citizen, Ben has spent considerable time interacting with both prosperous and impoverished immigrant communities. This experience drives home the need to reform our broken immigration system.
Yet another dimension of his life overseas – and his career serving with non-profit organizations – has been first-hand experience of the risks of being uninsured or under-insured. He advocates reform of our health insurance system to ensure that all Americans have access to adequate, affordable health care. Additionally, the recent economic downturn underscores the need to provide a safety net for those facing joblessness and homelessness, yet within the parameters of fiscal conservatism.
Ben is an accidental politician. He intended to spend his life as a grassroots community organizer working toward concrete improvements in areas of urgent need: care for the environment; care for the poor, the uninsured, the marginalized, and the refugee; advocacy of mutually-beneficial engagement with the world. When there was no Democratic candidate to stand in this election he approached several colleagues that share these same values and concerns: each declined to run, proposing instead that he do so. Their persuasion fostered a vision, a passion, and a mission.