Mamas in the House!
The Mamas are kicking off 2019 with a “hip hip hooray!” for the newly sworn in women and mothers across the U.S. We’re not surprised in the least that 2018 ushered in increased representation for both at all levels of government.
It’s a well-known fact that moms get things done. From balancing family and career, to juggling carpools, to running PTAs, we are effective and efficient at managing competing priorities. We’re also community organizers and expert negotiators.
We’ve highlighted just a few of these new elected officials below, who all also happen to be moms. The best part? They share the consistent message that mothers and families are top priority.
Judge Ronnisha K. Bowman (Houston)
Judge Ronnisha K. Bowman is one of 17 black female judges recently elected in Houston and a mother of three boys. As an attorney, Bowman specialized in criminal defense and family law and, as a judge for the Harris County Criminal Court system, is committed to restoring “justice for all of Harris County regardless of age, race, religion or gender, because the courtroom belongs to the people.”
Congresswoman Deb Haaland (U.S. Representative, New Mexico)
Congresswoman Deb Haaland is a single mother and is one of two first Native American women ever elected to Congress in 2018. A former tribal administrator and service provider for adults with mental disabilities, two of Haaland’s top legislative priorities are free childcare and pre-k for all families as well as a national six-month paid family leave program for all.
During her victory speech, Haaland told single moms and struggling families, "I see you. I'm listening. I love you. We fight together. I will bring that fight to Congress."
Governor-elect Laura Kelly (Kansas)
Governor-elect Laura Kelly, the former leader of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association and a mother of two, campaigned on a platform of supporting children and families. As a state senator, Kelly established the state’s Early Childhood Development Block Grants, which have helped thousands of Kansas children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Kelly credits her experience as a mom in understanding how “devastating the costs of child care can be for low-income women who just want to go to work and provide for their families.”