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STATE OF THE STATES: How Biden’s State of the Union Priorities are Being Accomplished in the States

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WASHINGTON — Tonight, President Joe Biden will deliver the State of the Union Address, during which he’ll highlight his impressive record on delivering for American families and the importance of building on the progress made in his first four years. As he outlines his vision, state legislatures across the country are on the frontlines of helping deliver and implement Biden’s agenda. From strengthening the economy and safeguarding reproductive rights, to reducing gun violence and protecting fundamental freedoms, a litany of pressing issues are being decided in state legislatures. State legislatures are the most important level of the ballot, and have the most direct impact on people’s lives.

Reproductive Freedom

While the president has taken important action to protect access to reproductive health care through executive action, the fall of Roe remanded the most important decisions around reproductive care to the states.  State legislatures are the true arbiters of reproductive rights, and Democrats continue to fight extreme abortion bans and attacks on reproductive health advanced by Republicans every day.


Tonight, President Biden highlighted yet again the stakes of this election: democracy is on the ballot in 2024. But it’s not just the presidential race that will determine the future of our country. There are hundreds of MAGA Trump loyalists serving in legislatures across the country who pose a direct threat to our communities and our democracy. The future of our country depends on electing state Democrats who are committed to protecting democracy and putting a check on hard-right extremism.

Strengthening the Economy

President Biden has signed bills like the Inflation Reduction Act and worked to lower costs for working families. Progress on many of Biden’s economic priorities is also happening in the states – from raising the minimum wage to making child care more affordable.

Gun Violence Reduction

President Biden made the most important federal progress on gun safety in three decades by signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. As Republicans in Congress have blocked further progress, state Democrats have been hard at work to address the gun violence epidemic, from banning assault weapons to establishing common-sense regulations.

LGBTQ+ Rights

President Biden has taken historic action to protect LGBTQ+ communities, but unfortunately we’ve seen a crusade of anti-LGBTQ+ policies proliferate in GOP legislatures across the country.  Democrats in state legislatures are on the frontlines of protecting LGBTQ+ people from Republicans’ dangerous agenda.

Health Care Accessibility

Since Biden took office, there has been a combined 50 percent increase in ACA enrollment in states, and the nation’s low uninsured rate is at a historic 8 percent. Democrats in state legislatures have built on the progress of the ACA through Medicaid expansion, while Republicans continue to deny affordable care to residents. 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Heather Williams issued the following statement:

“As President Biden outlines his accomplishments and vision for the country, the DLCC is on the frontlines of ensuring our shared agenda becomes a reality. The top issues being debated at the national level are so often being rolled back or implemented by state legislatures across the country, and the contrast between Democratic leadership and Republican extremism could not be more clear. To make progress in this country, we have to continue to get things done in the states. 

“ The DLCC is proud to lead the fight to implement the national Democratic agenda at the state level, and 2024 will be the most important year for state legislative elections yet. The importance of states cannot be overstated as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.