Why am I running for Congress, and what is my background?
As to my background, I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. My brother lives there, still, but our parents are deceased. My husband was born and raised in the district where I'm running. We lived here from 2003-2010 after getting married, then moved to Milwaukee for work, before moving back to the district in August 2018, when we bought a house here in Sheboygan. Weíre staying.
I have the education, training, and experience to do an excellent job in Congress.
I'm an attorney. My undergrad degree is a BA with a major in political science and a minor in public administration from Albion College. I then got my JD (law degree) from Washington & Lee University School of Law. Iíve practiced law for nearly 20 years, with time off for such things as when my grandmother died and I handled her estate, or the past five years, which I took off due to Stage Four metastatic uterine cancer, which I beat. My career has included: lobbying, contract work, and complex class action litigation, including appeals; one case I worked on brought $23.5M back into the Wisconsin economy, and saw the proceeds distributed to various entities, including a convent and the Milwaukee Public Schools. In my career, I have also worked on two modern-day slavery cases, one of which was a class action.
As for why Iím running, there are many reasons. For one, I have been through a lot, medically. I have seen firsthand how broken our health care system is. Iíve spoken with many health care professionals who agree that itís broken, but don't know where or how to start to fix things. I am mostly healthy now, except for a few lingering side effects from chemo that will pass, and diabetes (my sugars are well-controlled with insulin). But my experiences have given me insight into (a) areas of health care policy that are broken, where current legislators aren't looking for a fix, if they are even aware that there's a problem, and (b) how to get to some solutions that might actually help people. See here.
I also care deeply about such issues as agricultural policy, educational policy, our crumbling infrastructure, and class action litigation reform - to name a few. If dairy farmer survival, nutrition education for medical professionals, the current teacher shortage, the student debt crisis, Social Security Disability, and healthcare are issues of importance to Wisconsin's voters - and they should be! - they should be of importance to Wisconsin's representatives. Send me to Congress, and they will be.