My Story

I’m a lifelong Ohioan, born in Coshocton, where my dad was a game warden and my mom stayed home to raise our family. After my parents divorced, my mom struggled to make ends meet while raising four kids. Thanks to the help of teachers, scholarships, and working nights and weekends, I was able to attend The Ohio State University and later Yale Law School.

I became a lawyer because I wanted to empower people by giving them a voice. I have spent my life advocating for people and for causes big and small in Northeast Ohio. As a civil rights lawyer, I fight for the rights of those who face discrimination in the workplace.

Because I didn’t have an easy time growing up, kids have always been a priority for me. That’s why, when I had the opportunity to serve as director of Geauga County’s advocacy program for abused children, I traded in a high-paying job to work for $12 an hour. For me, kids are more important than money.

I’ve always tried to make a positive difference in my community. That’s why I practiced as Senior Counsel at the Cleveland Clinic and served on the Board of Cleveland Legal Aid, which helps to ensure that everyone has access to justice regardless of income. I’ve also worked as an executive for a local small business that helped created good-paying jobs and provided physicians in much-needed positions. And after the Affordable Care Act was passed, I went to work at Medicare and Medicaid, helping to design cost-effective, high quality care for patients.

My husband Dave and I are the proud parents of three great kids. When they were growing up, I spent time as a stay-at-home mom, volunteering with the PTO and as a leader for my daughter’s Brownie Troop, teaching Sunday school, and helping out around our community.

Both of my sons are gay and one of the happiest moments of my life was standing on the Supreme Court steps with my family after the Obergefell decision was announced, giving them the right to marry the person they love. That day, we were full of incredible joy and hope for the future. I was thrilled that my kids were coming of age at such a wonderful point in history.

Like all parents, I want a safe life for my kids, with fair opportunities for them and their families to achieve happiness in a thriving democracy. That’s why I decided to run for Congress. At a time when our President is creating chaos and divisiveness, I resolved that I needed to be a part of restoring our values. Like a lot of Americans, I believe that now is a critical turning point when we all must do everything we can to put this country on the right track.

I believe that government should represent the interests of people, not narrow corporate special interests, and that our government should protect us, including the protection of equality of opportunity. I’ll stand up for ordinary people on issues like affordable healthcare, quality public education, and economic opportunities with jobs that pay good wages.

I am not a politician. But I have persisted in the face of challenges and stood up for what is right, and I will stand up for all Ohioans.

This campaign is for people from all walks of life and backgrounds: Democrats, Republicans and Independents, and individuals who have never thought of themselves as particularly political before. We’re at a critical juncture in our country and we must all work together.

Standing up for the people of this district is important. I hope you join our team.