A dedicated community leader standing up for Kansas working families
Sharice Davids is running for re-election to continue fighting for Kansans in Congress. She was raised by her single mother, who is a U.S. Army veteran, in Leavenworth and learned the value of hard work and service from a young age. As a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Sharice made history in this election as the first Native American woman elected to Congress. “It wasn't part of my decision. [...] but I'm definitely proud to be part of this time in history,” she has said. Sharice studied business administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received her law degree from Cornell Law School. She worked for a law firm in Kansas City on issues including economic development for Native American tribes. She then went on to live and work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sharice served as a White House Fellow during the final year of the Obama administration. Most recently, Sharice hosted a podcast called “Starty Pants,” where she interviewed entrepreneurs and investors. She has also competed in mixed martial arts tournaments, fighting both professionally and as an amateur. Sharice is also the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kansas congressional delegation and the first Democratic woman to represent the 3rd District.
A champion for expanding economic opportunity
Sharice is running for re-election to Congress to expand economic opportunity for Kansas working families. She supports the continued expansion of Medicaid and will fight for legislation that brings down the price of prescription drugs for those who are struggling to afford them. As someone who’s still paying off student loans herself, Sharice is determined to make higher education more affordable for others. “As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity,” she has said. “As a lawyer, economic advisor, and advocate, I know how to build consensus and get things done.”
A must-win re-election fight
Sharice flipped this seat from red to blue in 2018, and now she faces a tough re-election fight against Republicans doing everything in their power to take it back. The EMILY’s List community is proud to continue standing with this inspiring rising star. With so much at stake in 2020, let’s show Sharice the full support of the EMILY’s List community to keep this champion for Kansas working families in the House and in the majority.