When I was 17, I made the decision to serve our country. I graduated from West Point and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army. When I left the military, I carried with me the ideals of integrity, service and commitment to a mission.
In business, leading a division of a global technology firm, I created jobs and managed a multimillion-dollar budget. As a director of the nonprofit People's Health Clinic, I learned first-hand the critical need for access to affordable health care. And as a mom with a third-grade daughter, I understand that education is our most important investment.
I care deeply about getting our economy back on track, practicing fiscal responsibility, strengthening our struggling education system, developing energy resources responsibly, ensuring access to affordable health care for everyone, stewarding our public lands and iconic wilderness and honoring the commitment to our veterans. These are not mutually exclusive.