Martha Robertson: NY-13

Martha Robertson Updated

Students for a New American Politics is excited to announce our endorsement of Martha Robertson for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. SNAP will send two trained fellows, chosen from a competitive field of applicants, to join Robertson’s campaign as field organizers.

Robertson, currently a County Legislator in Upstate New York, has been endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List. She is committed to putting Americans back to work by creating an economy that includes and benefits everyone, not just corporations and millionaires and billionaires. 

“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of Students for a New American Politics in my race for Congress” said Robertson. “This a grassroots and people powered campaign, and we are excited to have the SNAP fellows join our push for a better future for the students, working families, and seniors of the 23rd District.”

Robertson will fight for the people of the 23rd district and stand up to policies and corporations that ship jobs overseas. She is committed to making sure all our children get a fair start in life, and that we do not break the promise of Social Security and Medicare to our seniors.

“We’re excited to see our SNAP Fellows work for a candidate who is committed to values and policies benefiting hardworking Americans,” Zac Krislov, Co-Executive Director of SNAP PAC. 

For more information on SNAP PAC, please click here. To learn more about Martha Robertson, visit

About Martha Robertson

Martha Robertson was the first woman and the first Democrat from her district to be elected to the Tompkins County Legislature, toppling an incumbent in 2001. Building a reputation for consensus-building and pragmatic leadership, she was elected Legislature Chair four years in a row, always with bipartisan support. A tireless advocate for economic development, affordable housing, and the environment, Martha’s work has helped her county achieve the lowest unemployment rate in all of New York State. She is running for Congress to bring that type of sustainable economic success to New York’s entire 23rd District.

Martha grew up working in the family business and later started a business of her own. Martha’s parents had a flower shop and nursery – called Liberty Nursery – with the house right next to the shop. Since they were open 24/7, everyone in the family pitched in. Martha learned early the value of hard work and the importance of small businesses to our economy.

A former kindergarten teacher, Martha’s commitment to education begins with early childhood and extends through access to higher education and workforce training. In Congress she’ll fight to make sure schools have the funding they need, since, as she says, “Teachers are the job creators. They create the next generation of entrepreneurs.” A steadfast champion for greater economic opportunity for all, Martha supports a raise in the minimum wage, pay equity for women, and extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed – all of which, she notes, her opponent Rep. Tom Reed has opposed.

Martha notes that NY-23 includes the village of Seneca Falls, the birthplace of women’s rights, and the city of Corning, the birthplace of Margaret Sanger. Therefore she believes there is a special importance to electing the first woman ever to represent NY-23.