An experienced leader and dedicated public servant
Carolyn Bourdeaux is an experienced leader and dedicated public servant running for Congress to continue her lifelong fight for working families. The daughter of two teachers, Carolyn won grants and took out federal loans to work her way through college at Yale and went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California as well as a Ph.D. in public administration with a focus on public finance from Syracuse University. She served as director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, where she advocated for policies that put taxpayer dollars to work in ways that improve Georgians’ lives. Carolyn has worked on projects to improve public transportation and land use, which laid the groundwork for the Livable Communities Initiative that has revitalized many downtown communities. Carolyn is a professor at Georgia State University and lives in Suwanee with her husband and their young son.
A fighter for Georgia working families
Carolyn is running for Congress to continue her lifelong fight to expand economic opportunity so that all of Georgia’s working families can thrive. She helped the state of Georgia navigate the challenges of the Great Recession, and the Georgia Senate honored her work with a Senate resolution. For Carolyn, the fight for affordable health care is personal: she recently lost both of her parents after her father struggled with a long illness. She saw their discretionary income eaten up paying for medications. Carolyn is passionate about making it easier for families like hers to care for aging parents and to increase access to affordable health care for all.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
In 2018, Carolyn challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Rob Woodall, and as a first-time candidate, she came within just 433 votes after a two-week recount in an election administered by then-gubernatorial Republican candidate and then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp — an election marred by voter roll purges; holds placed on voter registration applications; polling site changes and closings; and other voting-related issues that disproportionately impacted African American voters in communities including this district in the diverse Atlanta suburbs. Congressman Woodall, facing another challenge from Carolyn, opted for retirement, and this is now a highly competitive open seat in a battleground state. This race is a prime opportunity to gain new ground and strengthen our House majority. Let’s show Carolyn the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for Georgia working families to Congress.