U.S. Congress: Oklahoma-05
A 5th generation Oklahoman, Kendra’s parents taught her the importance of investing in people and serving her community, values that continue to guide her today. Kendra holds a passionate belief that more people need to get involved in community leadership, including women. Her professional background includes running two nonprofits focused on developing leadership skills and encouraging women to run for public office. Kendra has also worked in the aerospace industry, Oklahoma’s second largest public sector employer. She brings a deep understanding of how government should work and, as an attorney and mediator, has experience bringing people with differing opinions together. Kendra knows we must stop the partisanship and politics that hurt working families and do what’s right for a change. She will be a strong voice for Oklahoma families, working to build bridges and find solutions to our most challenging problems. Kendra will bring common sense leadership to Congress and make government start working for Oklahomans and not against them.
Brenda Lopez Romero
Brenda made history in 2016 when she became the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 99 in Gwinnett County. She sits on the education, retirement, and state planning & community affairs committees. She served as Vice Chair of DPG Latinx Caucus and on the House Democratic Caucus Policy Committee. Brenda exemplifies strong leadership as a rising star in Georgia politics.
Brenda reflects the American Dream. She came to the United States at the age of five and became a citizen in 2008. She graduated from Cross Keys High School, where she was told by a counselor that she could be a secretary or receptionist. She went on to receive a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from Georgia State University and graduated law school from Syracuse University. She has focused on international law, national security, and comparative politics in her academic career participating in Model United Nations to earning a certificate in National Security and Counterterrorism Law.
As the principal attorney at The Lopez Firm, Brenda handles removal and family-based immigration cases. While in law school, Brenda worked as a clerk for the Georgia Legal Services Program, the American Civil Liberties Union, and interned for a trail judge in Morelos, Mexico. After law school, she worked as staff attorney for Catholic Charities before opening her solo practice.
Brenda has over 15 years of law and policy experience related to immigration and nationality law and its intersectionality with constitutional rights, human rights, civil rights, voting rights, and racial and economic justice.
Brenda was humbled to receive Georgia Association of Educators’ 2017 Friend of Education Award.
Brenda has also served and/or volunteered with multiple organizations such as American Immigration Lawyers Association, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Democratic House Black Caucus, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She is honored to be an alumnus of the New Leaders Council, Political Partner of the Truman National Security Project, on the advisory committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, alumnus of Leadership Georgia, and selected for Leadership Atlanta Class of 2020.
Brenda is most proud of her volunteer work as a former GED social studies instructor with the Marist School adult education program.
Corey Strong is an attorney, Naval Academy Graduate, service member and political leader from Memphis. He is a proven advocate, professional, and the leader that the 9th district deserves.
As the Chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party he restored function and authority to the County Party. Under his leadership, Democrats experienced their most successful local election in history by winning all 10 county wide elections and increasing their seats on County Commission from 7 to 8.
Corey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 and became a commissioned officer in U.S. Navy. He served on active duty for 8 years and has deployed to the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Rim, South America, and two tours in Afghanistan. He left active duty in 2011 and continues to serve as a Commander in the Naval Reserves, commanding the Littoral Combat Ship ASW Detachment in Atlanta.
Corey is also active member in the community an active member of First Baptist Church- Broad where he is a member of the Choir. He also is an active mentor in the Collective-Memphis and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Memphis.
Corey holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is currently works as the Director of Operational and Process Improvement at Shelby County Schools.
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U.S. Congress: Illinois-14
Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois where she earned her first Girl Scout badge and attended Neuqua Valley High School. On her first day in Girl Scouts, Lauren made the pledge “to help people at all times.” Those early lessons in leadership formed a foundation of service that continues to guide her now as she looks to serve in a different way, representing Illinois’ 14th District in Congress.
Today, Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance.
During a swimming lesson when she was 8 years old, Lauren discovered that she had a heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia, which occasionally prevents her heart from maintaining a normal rhythm. The providers that helped Lauren through her initial treatment made a lasting impression and inspired her career in nursing. As an American with a pre-existing condition, Lauren also understands the real-life importance of quality, affordable health care for working families and their children.
Lauren will bring her firsthand knowledge to Washington and work to propose measures that will preserve and expand access to healthcare for Illinois families. Lauren currently works with a Medicaid plan in Chicago. Every day, Lauren works with clinical staff to ensure the plan provides high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University.