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Birthdate: Sept. 17, 1954
Birth Place: Miami, FL, United States
Residence: Cockeysville, MD
Wendy Rosen was born and raised in Miami and now lives in Cockeysville, Md. She earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from the American Technological University, now known as the University of Central Texas.
Rosen's career has largely focused on sustaining local manufacturers and artists. In 1982, she founded the Buyers Market of American Craft _ a trade show for North American products and artwork _ and later worked for three years for the American Made Alliance, an advocacy organization focused on supporting American artists.
She also publishes two art-related magazines, American Style and Niche.
She and her husband, Steve, have two adult children.
Editor's Note: Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen has withdrawn her candidacy after the state's Democratic Party says she voted in Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election.
Rosen told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview on Sept. 10, 2012 that she is withdrawing from her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris.
Wendy Rosen refers to herself as a "recovering Republican" who switched her party affiliation a few years ago because she was dissatisfied with the benefits she believes conservative leaders were giving to "huge lobbying interests."
"I felt the Democratic Party was more interested in protecting Main Street and protecting the rights of senior citizens and our security net," Rosen said.
Now she's challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew Harris for the state's 1st Congressional District seat.
With a background in small business and publishing, much of Rosen's political platform has focused on job creation and encouraging the development of domestic products.
If elected to Congress, Rosen said she would work to create programs that spur job development and support entrepreneurs.
"We need more entrepreneurial training and we need some startup support system to put them on a growth plan," Rosen said. "They need mentoring and they need networking and they need group support from companies that are a little larger."
Rosen's foreign policy priorities are also heavily intertwined with establishing more opportunities to produce goods in the United States.
"We need to enforce our own trade laws," she said. "If we did, we would have billions of dollars a year to spend on revitalization of our manufacturing sector."
She supports reforming free trade laws, saying that U.S. "relationships with other countries need to be mutually beneficial."
Rosen thinks her experience in the arts and community development would help bring a fresh voice to Congress.
"There's just too many doctors and lawyers in Congress and they seem to have a very left brained point of view," she said. "I think we need to have some creative right-brained people in Congress."
Source: Associated Press
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