My time in the Marines, my dedication to the community, and my involvement in healthcare have each, in a significant way, inspired me to ask:

"How might I best serve those in my community? How can my life have the greatest impact on my community and country? How can I best employ my time to make something better of my community and Country?"

It is these questions that inspire me to serve District 54 in the Alabama State House of Representatives. If re-elected, I will continue to dedicate my efforts to address all the needs of district citizens, with real emphasis on healthcare and education. We are better together, with all of our community’s working parts combining to give our citizens better, healthier lives.

About Me

Early Life

Born and raised in Birmingham, my roots run deep and spread wide in our red dirt. Growing up a Boy Scout, I learned the importance of nature conservation, and I developed a love of the outdoors. I am an Anytown Alabama alumni. I come from a loving, accepting family who has faced various medical hardships, including addiction, hearing disabilities, and childhood corrective surgeries. I carry these early experiences to the State House, and they empower me to help families facing difficult times.

Military Experience

In 2005, I became a United States Marine, serving our country while facing the discriminatory realities of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Still, this time in the service provided me with leadership skills and the ability to look at problems from different, even opposing viewpoints. The Marine Corps instilled in me the need to work together with the people from all walks of life to complete the mission at hand. After my term of service in the military, I used G.I. Bill benefits to earn degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Professional Life

I have dedicated my professional life to healthcare and community organizing. I have worked as the Director of the B-CHIP Program at Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO). The B-CHIP team addressed health disparities through intensive collaboration with community members, partner nonprofits, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and county health departments, and clinics to implement community-coordinated, public health strategies. I was drawn to healthcare because I saw firsthand health disparities across communities, and a system refusing to provide affirming care to LGBTQ persons.

Time in the State House

Since entering the legislature in 2018, I have been an outspoken advocate for women’s health, minority health, LGBTQ and racial equity, veterans issues, and Medicaid expansion. I have led to ensure accountability of law enforcement, expanding access to mental and medical healthcare for all Alabamians, pushing for improved women’s healthcare and reproductive justice, and fighting for the expansion of voter rights.

I chair the Democratic House Caucus Platform Committee. In the legislature, I sit on the Sunset Committee, Health Committee; Economic Development and Tourism Committee; and the Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee. I have been appointed to the Alabama Challenge Veterans Suicide Task Force, the Opioid Overdose, Addiction, and Treatment Council, and the 988 Implementation Study Group.

Personal Life

I reside in the Crestwood community with my husband and partner of 17 years, Mike, and our rescue animals. I enjoy reading and word puzzles. I try to get outside as much as possible—whether that is hiking Ruffner Mountain, walking our dog through the neighborhood, or working in the yard. I also like to hang out with friends at Birmingham’s local breweries, parks, and restaurants.

Accomplishments

32 Sponsored Bills Passed

9-8-8 Study Commission to decriminalize mental illness and have health professionals or social workers respond to emergencies involving individuals suffering from mental illness or substance abuse.

Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide extended to prevent suicide among service members, veterans, and their families

Renewal of historic tax credit

Cost-of-living increase for state employees

Expunged criminal record of Civil Rights trailblazer Claudette Colvin

Police database bill

55 Bills Introduced

Medicaid coverage extended postpartum for eligible pregnant women to one year after birth

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to provide workplace protections against pregnancy discrimination and related medical condition

Law enforcement prohibition on the use of deadly force in certain circumstances

Absentee Ballot reform to allow additional ballot drop off locations

Same-day voter registration

Food Tax repeal

Death penalty repeal

Wrongful incarceration compensation

Elder abuse protections, including the authority for elderly persons to hire attorneys

Asset forfeiture reform

Constitutional amendment ballot measure reform ensuring clear ballot language

Psychologists, Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact

Psychology Professional Wellness Committee

Funds Allocated

$50,000 to AIDs Alabama

$50,000+ to United Way Partner Organizations and other non-profits such as the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to fight food insecurity; Girls Inc. to continue inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold; the Jones Family Teaching Farm to educate students on healthy eating and agriculture; YWCA to continue to protect victims of domestic violence; and the Literacy Council to promote reading and learning.

$42,500 to performing arts, including the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Sidewalk Film Festival, Red Mountain Theater Company, and Alabama Symphony Orchestra

$39,518 to sidewalk & walking trails to organizations like Freshwater Land Trust

$35,800 to museums including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Jefferson County Memorial Project

$33,500 to support neighborhood associations general funds

$32,500 to green spaces and parks, including funds for the restoration of Avondale Park’s Rose Garden and completion of the Clairmont Walking Trail

$130,500 to district schools (Woodlawn High School, Oliver Elementary, Barrett Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Phillips Academy, Hayes Intermediate, Avondale Elementary, Tuggle Elementary, Wilkerson Middle School, Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School, and Alabama School of Fine Arts)