Janet's Story

"Government is about giving people the opportunity to claim their dignity and work towards a brighter future all across this country, and especially right here in Ohio. I will never stop working to make this future a reality, and I am honored to stand with you as we work for a better tomorrow."  

This year I am fired up!

Like many of you, I am concerned about where we are going as a country. Wages are down while costs go up, healthcare is still unaffordable for too many people, our basic roads and infrastructure are crumbling around us. And in Washington, there doesn’t seem to be anything going on but partisan bickering and obstruction.

I strongly believe that government is about taking care of people — all people — not just the rich. It is about making sure people have access to decent jobs and decent wages. It is about making sure communities and families have the resources they need to get the healthcare they need and fight the opioid epidemic. It is about protecting our country’s future and the rights of our neighbors.

Government is about giving people the opportunity to claim their dignity and work towards a brighter future all across this country, and especially right here in Ohio. I will never stop working to make this future a reality, and I am honored to stand with you as we work together for a better tomorrow.  

I am a proud, lifelong Ohioan. I grew up here, raised a family, taught public school for 35 years and led my local union. I have a deep love and respect for this state and the people in it – and I know, after a lifetime of facing the same struggles as the people of this district, that I am ready to represent you in Congress.

My father was an elementary school principal and my mother was a homemaker. I hated school as a child, but that experience drove me to want to become a teacher for all the kids who struggle in the classroom. And my commitment to ensuring that all children receive the education they deserve — no matter their personal challenges — will continue when I am in Congress.

After my Peace Corps service in Micronesia, I began teaching in Ohio’s classrooms, helping students find success from those first crucial years by teaching first grade, kindergarten, and special education. I married my first husband and raised three strong feminist daughters, Ariel, Natael, and Mira, who continue to make me proud everyday. Raising three children isn’t easy and, like too many Ohioans, I faced many challenges raising my girls -- but my experiences strengthened my dedication to making life easier for families like mine across the state.

During my career I served on the executive board of our teachers union and took on the role of president. I was at the negotiating table more times than I can count. I know what it takes to get a better deal for Ohio’s teachers, children, and families. My approach? Go to the table with what you want and leave the table with what you can live with. That is basic compromise and negotiation — and we need a lot more of that in Washington.