I believe that American leadership, grounded in our unique values, makes the world a safer and a better place. Yet today our leadership is in question, as we create unnecessary conflicts with allies while giving ground to our adversaries. I’ve dedicated my career to America’s toughest national security challenges, working alongside our troops in America’s battle to defeat a terrorist insurgency in Iraq, and supporting nuclear diplomacy in South Asia. I will work to restore respect for America abroad, while keeping promises to our troops and our veterans here at home. As your Congresswoman, I will work to...


After World War II, our greatest generation created institutions including NATO and the United Nations that have helped keep the US safe for generations. By turning its back on our traditional alliances and commitments, this administration is giving away global leadership to powers like China and Russia. Our security and our economy will both suffer if those countries are left to re-write the international rules. I will work to restore American leadership by improving relations with our allies, advocating for values like democracy and human rights, and living up to our global commitments on nuclear security and climate change.


I served for a year and a half as a civilian in Iraq, at the height of the war. It was a time when our military was winning battles against the insurgency, only to see their achievements eroded because there was no long-term political solution. From that experience, I learned that in order to succeed in its mission, America’s exceptional military must be supported by clear diplomatic strategy and a strong and effective diplomatic corps. The deliberate weakening of American diplomacy puts our goals, our values, and ultimately our troops at risk. In Congress, I pledge to be a voice to return diplomacy to its place as a pillar of our national security.


As a civilian working in national security, I have seen firsthand the sacrifice of the men and women who have borne the battles of our post- 9/11 wars. We can begin to repay that debt by supporting their transition to civilian service, with improved job placement services, educational benefits, and housing support. We must also better provide for veterans’ healthcare, both physical and mental. And we cannot ignore the services and care needed by military families who have supported service members during their deployment, and too often become caregivers upon their return.