For the congresswoman, ambition isn't a dirty word, per se, but it's not the end game. Sitting in such a senior role in a party that isn't always thought to champion women in leadership, she says: "I define power as having influence so you can speak for people who cannot speak for themselves. For example, my oldest has special needs, and because of Cole (he’s now in third grade), I have lived the journey of having that diagnosis, going through early intervention, and having an IEP (an individualized education plan). And so, I can be a stronger advocate for children with special needs, for children all across this country." And she has been. She spoke with us at length about her pride in accomplishing what she did with the ABLE Act
, a bill she worked on for years, which President Obama signed into law last year that "allows families who have children with disabilities to set money aside for later on in life."