House of Representatives District 59
Jennifer and her husband relocated to Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 2006 for more affordable housing and a little patch of grass for their beloved dog to enjoy. Jennifer teaches history and political science to high school students. After a student suggested that she should run for office, she eventually decided to take up the challenge.
Jennifer grew up on the southside of Chicago, raised by her mom with the help of her grandparents. Looking for a better life, her grandfather came to Chicago from the Jim Crow south and her grandmother emigrated from Europe. Jennifer has witnessed in her own life, as well as in theirs, the difference that government policy can make for individual choices and life chances. She earned degrees from the University of Chicago in political science. She spent time in Helsinki, Finland supported by a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.
“My best ideas and life-changing actions have often been inspired by the young people I interact with everyday. I will work to make sure our state uses its power and resources to meet the needs of everyone making a life in Pawtucket and Rhode Island. These needs include affordable housing, accessible health care, a sustainable environment, and excellent education.”