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2022 Candidates


OUR 2022 ENDORSEMENTS

U.S. Senate Candidates

Katie Boyd Britt

Alabama
Britt is the outgoing president and CEO of Alabama’s business council. She began her career working in Washington, D.C. as press secretary for Senator Richard Shelby and went on to serve as special assistant to then-University of Alabama President Robert Witt. She obtained her law degree from the University of Alabama and practiced law at the Alabama-based firm Butler Snow LLP. Britt later returned to Senator Shelby's team to serve as his chief of staff. In Alabama, Britt has been active in the community, serving on numerous committees and task forces, including the Alabama Wildlife Federation Board of Directors. She remains involved as a volunteer for a variety of civic, educational, and leadership organizations in Alabama as well.

Tiffany Smiley

Washington
Smiley is a former triage nurse with a unique life story as someone who has faced and overcome tremendous adversity. After her husband was wounded and blinded while serving in the Army in Iraq, she committed herself to serving those who served, and has spent the last 17 years fighting alongside her husband for critical reforms to the VA system. Smiley is also an author, motivational speaker, media personality and consultant who helps others discover and harness their unique strengths by confronting and overcoming life’s challenges.

U.S. House Candidates

Amanda Adkins

Kansas-03
Adkins has extensive leadership, political, and philanthropic experience. She spent 15 years as a global healthcare executive and is co-founder of Systems of Care Initiative (SOCI), an organization dedicated to helping young children prepare for kindergarten and later success in life. Prior to her work in healthcare, Adkins served as professional staff on the U.S. House Rules Committee and worked on commerce issues in the U.S. Senate. She is the former Political and Executive Director of GOPAC, former chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, and is co-founder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series, an effort that has graduated over 300 Republican women seeking greater involvement in leadership, government, and politics.

April Becker

Nevada-03
Becker put herself through law school while working and raising her young children. She is now the owner of April Becker & Associates law firm and is a top-rated litigator and real estate attorney. She was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star and inducted into the “100 Hours Club” by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for her pro-bono legal aid to those in need. Becker is active in her Las Vegas community, proudly serving on the UNLV Libraries Advisory Board.

Monica De La Cruz

Texas-15
De La Cruz came to the U.S. when she was young after her family fled political injustice in Mexico. Growing up, she saw firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system and failed government policies. Upon graduation from the University of Texas at San Antonio, De La Cruz-Hernandez established her roots in the Rio Grande Valley by opening her own insurance agency and quickly becoming one of the top 50 agents in the US. In 2016, she and her husband started a small business where they hired workers who had recently lost their jobs, and taught others how to open their own businesses and achieve financial independence.

Mayra Flores

Texas-34
Flores was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. legally with her family when she was six. After graduating high school in 2004, she worked alongside her parents in the cotton fields to earn money for school. Flores graduated in 2014 as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. She currently works caring for the elderly and disabled with chronic respiratory issues and was on the front lines helping patients combat COVID-19. Flores currently serves as the Hidalgo County GOP Hispanic Outreach Chair. She is the wife of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.

Cassy Garcia

Texas-28
Garcia most recently served as U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Deputy State Director. In July 2020, she was appointed by former President Trump to serve as Commissioner for the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. Prior to joining Sen. Cruz’s office in 2013, Garcia served as regional field representative for the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture where she acted as a liaison to agriculture, business and economic development organizations at the local, state and federal levels.

Madison Gesiotto Gilbert

Ohio-09
Gilbert is a small business owner, attorney, and political commentator. During college, she was crowned Miss Ohio USA, representing the state at the Miss USA competition. Gilbert attended law school at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and served as a staff editor on the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. She also served as a law clerk for the United States Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Gilbert also served in numerous roles for the Trump Campaign, including as a national surrogate, advisor to the national diversity coalition, regional press secretary and spokesperson, and as co-chair of the national women’s coalition.

Jennifer-Ruth Green

Indiana-01
Green graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2005 and began her career in aviation before transitioning to serve as a Special Agent. She was deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where she served as a mission commander for counterintelligence activities. Upon her return, Green took a nuclear command post as a Deputy Chief. She is now a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer/Commander in the Indiana Air National Guard. Green is the first African-American woman selected to serve in this position in the history of the Fighter Wing. She is also founder of the MissionAero Pipeline, a non-profit reaching at-risk youth that seeks to transform lives, inspire STEM careers, and expose students to the aerospace industry.

Erin Houchin

Indiana-09
Houchin is a small business owner and Founder and President of Contend Communications. She previously served in the Indiana Senate where she developed a record of passing legislation that was pro-life, pro-second amendment, and pro-law enforcement. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Houchin served as Southeast Indiana Regional Director for U.S. Senator Dan Coats and was a Governor’s appointee to the Indiana Commission for Women.

Jen Kiggans

Virginia-02
Kiggans has an accomplished resume. Before joining the Navy, Kiggans earned a degree in International Relations from Boston University and taught English in public schools in Japan. She then served in the U.S. Navy for a decade, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf as a helicopter pilot. Using the GI Bill, Kiggans returned to school after the Navy to become a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is currently a primary care provider for a small private practice. In 2019, Kiggans was elected to the Virginia State Senate where she has been a champion for veterans, active-duty military, the unborn, seniors, patients, and working families.

Esther Joy King

Illinois-17
King has dedicated her life to public service. She is the daughter of missionaries and spent time as an aid worker in Kabul, Afghanistan. King obtained her law degree from Northwestern University and began her legal career as an Associate in Chicago, later going on to serve the State of Illinois in the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology. Continuing in her pursuit of public service, King joined the U.S. Army Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where she was recently promoted to Captain. She currently practices law in East Moline focusing on real estate for economic development. King has also been active in seeking relief for women and families in Afghanistan throughout the ongoing crisis.

Lisa Scheller

Pennsylvania-07
Scheller serves as the president and chairman of Silberline Manufacturing Co., a company founded by her grandparents and one of the region’s premier manufacturers. She is also a former member and board chair of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners. In 2018, after remaining clean and sober for 36 years anonymously, Scheller publicly shared her story in an effort to raise awareness that addiction can happen to anyone and that recovery is possible. That same year she founded Hope & Coffee, a coffee shop and meeting place that seeks to bring persons recovering from alcohol and drug dependency back into the job market.

Tanya Contreras Wheeless

Arizona-04
An Arizona native, Contreras Wheeless is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. She earned an academic scholarship to put herself through Arizona State University, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Contreras Wheeless went on to graduate from ASU Law with distinction, earning a job at one of the nation’s top law firms. As a lawyer, business association CEO, sports executive with the Phoenix Suns, small business owner, and community advocate, she has vast experience and a strong understanding of how policy impacts families and businesses. Contreras Wheeless believes in smaller government, lower taxes, reducing regulation on small businesses, and "pushing back against out-of-control cancel culture." She previously served as deputy chief of staff for former Sen. Martha McSally.

U.S. House Incumbents

Rep. Stephanie Bice

Oklahoma-05
Rep. Bice is the first Iranian American to serve in Congress, a business executive, and former Oklahoma State Senator. In the House, she has been a strong voice on criminal justice reform, something she worked on extensively during her time in the Oklahoma Senate. She currently serves as the Freshman Class President, a member of the Republican Whip Team, and a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Rep. Ashley Hinson

Iowa-02
Rep. Hinson is an award-winning journalist, former TV news reporter, and former Iowa House Representative. Hinson has proven to be a leader in the House, advocating for farmers and acting as a check on the Biden Administration regarding China, infrastructure, and the economy. She sits on the House Committee on Appropriations and House Budget Committee.

Rep. Young Kim

California-40
Rep. Kim is a Korean American immigrant, small business owner, and former California Assemblywoman. In Congress, she is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Small Business, and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Kim was recently named the most bipartisan House freshman.

Rep. Nancy Mace

South Carolina-01
Rep. Mace was the first female graduate of the Citadel, a business owner, and former South Carolina House Representative. In Congress, Mace has been a leading voice on the need to reopen schools and combat critical race theory. She is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

New York-11
Rep. Malliotakis is the daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants and is a former New York Assemblywoman. She is a founding member of the “Freedom Force”, a group of GOP freshmen intended to counter efforts to promote socialism by AOC and her allies. Malliotakis is the current Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference and is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks

Iowa-01
Rep. Miller-Meeks is a former Army nurse and physician who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She previously served as Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health and as an Iowa State Senator. In the House, Miller-Meeks has built a strong platform focused on COVID-19 and women’s health, including introducing a resolution to protect U.S. vaccine intellectual property. She is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar

Florida-27
Rep. Salazar is the daughter of Cuban immigrants, a journalist, and former TV anchor and reporter. Winning five Emmy Awards, she was recognized for her passion for freedom and uncovering oppressive communist and socialist regimes in Latin America. Salazar has become the leading GOP voice in the House on immigration reform, calling for a compassionate approach from conservatives. She is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Small Business Committee.

Rep. Michelle Steel

California-45
Rep. Steel is a Korean American immigrant, former member of the California State Board of Equalization, and former chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Steel has become a leading voice in standing up against hate toward Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and has introduced a bipartisan resolution to address incidents many in the AAPI community face. She sits on the House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Rep. Beth Van Duyne

Texas-24
Rep. Van Duyne is a former city council member, mayor, and regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is only the second GOP woman from Texas to be elected to a full term in the House of Representatives. Van Duyne has been an active freshman member, introducing numerous pieces of legislation focused on small businesses and the border crisis. She is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Small Business Committee, and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Committee.

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