No challenge is too daunting for Karen Handel. Even after people said it couldn’t be done, she turned a $100 million deficit into a balanced budget as Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in Georgia. And as CEO, she brought the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce back from the brink of bankruptcy.
When Karen ran for Secretary of State in Georgia, she was told she was “too big for her britches.” But she didn’t let the naysayers slow her down and she became the first conservative in over half a century to hold the position. Then, in 2017, she was elected to replace outgoing Congressman Tom Price following an unprecedented special election battle.
Today, as the first conservative woman to represent Georgia in Congress, she keeps on fighting for the families of her home state, working to grow the economy and create more jobs. Karen won’t stop fighting so that hardworking families can keep more of the money they earn. No matter how you calculate it, her values are clear: healthy economy, healthy families.
Karen is running for reelection in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s not your turn,” Handel said. “Being in tough situations and standing up to fear is one of the most important things you can do. Every time you take a step out, it will open new doors for you.”
Karen hasn’t been in Congress long, but she rolled up her sleeves and got to work right away. In just over a year, she has written four bills, and gotten one passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Too many of us know firsthand how the opioid crisis is devastating our communities, and Karen is one of our leaders trying to do something to stop it. That’s why she co-sponsored the THRIVE Act, a bill which would expand housing options for individuals transitioning out of treatment programs.