Andre Gobbo

Legislative Representative, Domestic Policy


Andre Gobbo, Domestic Policy Associate, FCNL

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.

Prior to joining FCNL, Andre worked at Issue One, a nonprofit focused on campaign finance and ethics reform, where he managed their databases, wrote and edited emails to donors and stakeholders, updated collateral and other materials, and planned events. Before moving to Washington, DC Andre lived and worked in Boston, spending time at various organizations like Brookline High School, Northern Light Productions, WGBH, and The Borgen Project. Andre received an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a BA in Politics from Bates College.

In his free time, Andre enjoys riding his bike when the weather cooperates, listening to live music, and playing pond hockey

Articles by Andre Gobbo

Action Alert Upcoming Vote on Background Checks: Urge Congress to Act to End Gun Violence 

After years of inaction, Congress is finally advancing policies to reduce gun violence in our communities. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Next stop is a vote before the full U.S. House.

Update 116th Congress Makes Gun Violence Prevention A Priority 

On January 8, 2011, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in Tucson, AZ. On January 8, 2019, House Democratic leadership introduced a bill requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases. It is a small but smart step, and it has a real chance at becoming law.

Background SNAP by State 

The Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is one of the most efficient and effective government programs. Each year it helps 40 million Americans put food on the table. Some elected leaders are pushing extreme proposals that would radically restructure SNAP and other essential benefits, forcing many families to lose vital assistance.

Background USDA Releases Report on Proposed Rule That Would Implement New Time Limits on SNAP 

On Dec. 20, just a few days after the House and Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the farm bill, USDA released a proposed rule change that would force 755,000 people to lose their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.

Update Final Farm Bill Avoids Harmful House Provisions & Protects SNAP 

After months of intense negotiations, the House and Senate have come to an agreement and released a final version of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the farm bill. The Senate voted 87-13 in favor of the bill, and the House passed it by a vote of 369-47.

Background Advocating for the Best Farm Bill 

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees may have begun work on the farm bill a year ago, but things really started heating up in Congress earlier this year. Each committee crafted its own farm bills with different approaches, especially when it came to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).

How Many More Tragic Acts of Gun Violence Will It Take?  

On October 27 we watched another horrendous mass shooting take place, as 11 people were slain and several others were injured in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This anti-Semitic act of violence has no place in our communities or country. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors and friends against this hatred.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Citizenship Question in 2020 Census 

The Trump Administration has been seeking to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to indicate whether they are a citizen of the United States or not. The proposed rule would go through the Department of Commerce, and would change how the Census intakes information.

Advocacy Resource DHN Releases Pivot Planning Document on Poverty in U.S. 

Poverty still remains a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly for communities of color. Millions of people remain far from their potential, often living on incomes too low to afford the basics, even if they work.

Update Update: Where the Farm Bill Stands Now 

On Thursday, June 28, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, better known as the Senate farm bill. The bill passed by an overwhelming vote of 86-11 and without any harmful amendments. This was a huge victory.