I was born in Troy, Alabama and adopted at 6 months old. My parents, who are now retired, served as educators in Alabama for over 20 years. When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I survived and graduated from Hoover High School in 2002.
I attended Auburn University where I developed a lifelong desire to serve my community that led me to major in Political Science. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2006.
I went on to study law. In 2009, I graduated from the University of Alabama School Of Law and married my husband Tim. Tim is a member of the Alabama Army National Guard and also serves as a civilian contract attorney for the U.S. Army. We moved to Madison in 2011, where we reside with our three-year-old daughter and our two dogs.
Since law school, I have worked in a variety of legal areas, including family law, bankruptcy, civil litigation and appeals. My work as an attorney has given me the ability to serve the people of my community, and has taught me many things including how to work with parties on all sides of an issue and that the quick and easy answer is very rarely the correct one. I know the value of common sense, and that to solve problems you must confront the reality you have rather than the one you would like to have.
Healthcare has always been important to me, especially as a cancer survivor. When that issue made waves both before and after the 2016 election, I saw politicians who failed to consider the impact their actions would have on their constituents and who looked for a quick answer rather than the right one. I also saw politicians who were unable or unwilling to have a dialogue with the other side of the aisle to find new and creative solutions to their problems.
I quickly realized this was a phenomenon that was not contained to healthcare. Too often we have seen politicians who view politics not as a way to serve their people but as a team sport where political points matter more than the needs of constituents. Alabama deserves politicians who are willing to use common sense to confront the realities and challenges before us. As your next state senator, I will put my skills as an attorney and my background as a childhood cancer survivor and a mother to work advocating for the needs of District 2 with common sense and compassion.