I’m running to fight for you!
Having dedicated my life to serving our nation, I believe that the central function of elected representatives is to improve the lives of their constituents. Since winning election in 2018, I’ve worked to do just that for Michiganders in the 8th district.
I’m running for re-election in 2020 because our work is just beginning. There is much to be done to reform America’s healthcare system; strengthen Michigan’s middle class; and bring decency and integrity back to politics.
I’m a third-generation Michigander and I spent my early life on a working farm in Holly, Michigan where I currently live today. My family story is one of hard work and sacrifice, starting with my great-grandfather. He arrived on Ellis Island and achieved the American Dream by founding the family meat business, Hygrade Foods, which established its headquarters in Detroit in 1949. Hygrade created a number of food staples beloved by Michiganders, including the famous Ballpark Frank, first sold at Tiger Stadium. The values of hard work, decency, and integrity that underpinned his success were passed down from generation to generation in my family, ultimately guiding me into a life of service.
I’ve been fortunate to spend my career serving the country I love. The 9/11 attacks occurred during my first week of graduate school in New York City, and following that terrible day, I quickly decided that I wanted to work in national security to prevent future attacks against the United States. I was recruited by the CIA to serve as a Middle East analyst, and I ended up serving three tours in Iraq alongside our nation’s military and diplomats.
My tours in a combat zone led to national security roles at the White House under both President Bush and President Obama. I worked for President Bush as a member of his national security staff and was asked to stay on when President Obama took office. I took on a series of leadership roles at the Defense Department, and until January 2017, I oversaw defense policy for Africa, the Middle East, and Europe at the Pentagon as the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. There, I negotiated some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive national security matters from the fight against ISIS to the U.S. response to Russian aggression. No matter the issue, it was the values I learned growing up in Michigan – a straightforward, commonsense approach – that helped me succeed as a national security leader.
I’m fortunate to share these values with my husband Dave, who retired as a U.S. Army Colonel after 30 years of service. Dave served as an Apache helicopter pilot and served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and we met in Baghdad on his second tour. In Dave, I not only gained a partner, but two amazing step-daughters as well, who have both started their own lives of service, one as a U.S. Army officer and the other as a physician who serves at a VA hospital.
Throughout my career, I’ve worked for both Republican and Democratic leaders who put the good of our country over politics. I have been proud to do the same for the people of Michigan’s 8th District by relentlessly advocating for the needs of our communities in Washington.
I have spent my time in Congress working on the issues that I hear about most from people across our district: bringing down the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, providing opportunities for our veterans, and protecting Michigan’s environment and water systems from PFAS, the “forever-chemical” that has been found in hundreds of sites across our state. You can read more about the work I have done here:
The fundamentals of our 2020 campaign will reflect what we successfully kicked off in 2018: our campaign will honestly and transparently engage with voters in all areas of the 8th district, in Oakland, Livingston, and Ingham counties. I believe in making myself as available and accessible as possible, which is why you can find me at public events across the district.
I hope to bring you along for this journey. One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about campaigning and representing our district is getting to meet and work with so many dedicated, passionate volunteers and local leaders. We won’t be able to win this without your steadfast support, and I look forward to engaging and working with you every step of the way.