Colin Allred is the first known member of Congress to take paid paternity leave. Now he's pushing for it nationally.
A Texas member of Congress is helping lead the attempt to change the rules on parental leave, for fathers as well as mothers. U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, knows about the value of paid time off for new parents. He made headlines in 2019 as the first member of Congress known to take paid paternity leave.
“I've talked a lot about paternity leave because there's a stigma still associated in our society around men taking time to be with their kids, particularly the early years of their [kids’] lives,” he told The Texas Tribune. The congressman took his second leave in late March of this year.