Kendra Horn

Biography

Congresswoman Kendra S. Horn represents Oklahoma’s 5th District. That includes Oklahoma City, Edmond and Shawnee. Part of Oklahoma County falls within the district’s boundaries, as well as all of Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.

The Congresswoman was born just south of the district, in Chickasha. She is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and fourth-generation Girl Scout. She attended Oklahoma schools all the way through college when she attended the University of Tulsa. She studied law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

She practiced as an attorney until she accepted a role as the press secretary to United States Congressman Brad Carson (OK-02). After her time on the Hill, Congresswoman Horn worked in the space and aeronautics industry. She managed government affairs for the nonprofit Space Foundation before taking over its communications and media relations division. That organization advocates for the global space community, advancing civic, commercial and national security space issues. She returned to Oklahoma and became the executive director of Sally’s List, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains and supports women who run for political office at the state and local level. Most recently, she founded Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonpartisan nonprofit that encourages women to participate in civic life.

Congresswoman Kendra Horn serves on two committees: the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The powerful House Armed Services Committee is considered one of the least partisan in Congress. This committee oversees and works with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Its work includes general defense policy and oversight, military base acquisition, counter-drug initiatives and non-proliferation programs.
The Congresswoman serves on two armed services subcommittees. The Subcommittee on Readiness handles policy issues such as base family housing, civilian and contract workforce, military construction, training, logistics and maintenance. She is the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. It handles policy issues such as strategic and nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear safety, missile defense, and space.
Horn is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. The Congresswoman is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy.
Congresswoman Kendra Horn is a member of the following caucuses:
  • The Blue Dog Coalition
  • The Native American Caucus
  • The Women’s Caucus
  • The New Democrat Coalition
  • The TRiO Caucus
  • Career and Technical Education Caucus
  • House Impact Aid Coalition
  • Freshman Working Group on Addiction
  • Co-chair of the NASA Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Space Power Caucus
  • House Space Caucus

Platform Issues

Education

Kendra Horn believes the investments we make in our students, classrooms, and teachers today have the power to create opportunity and strengthen Oklahoma’s economy. She has worked across the aisle to win record investments in Head Start to give our kids a strong start and better prepare them for K-12. Kendra also secured an increase for IDEA to support children with disabilities and Impact AID funding for schools near military bases and Tribal lands.

Healthcare

Health care is a right, not a privilege. As we fight back against a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that Oklahomans have access to quality, affordable health care, including prescription drugs and telemedicine. Kendra believes that health care is a right, not a privilege for the few. She has fought to lower the price of prescription drugs, eliminate lifetime caps imposed by big insurance companies, and protect access to care for people with pre-existing conditions.

Fixing Our Broken Politics

Kendra is a leader on the No Budget No Pay Act, a bill which would prevent Congress from receiving their salary if they fail to pass a budget.After hosting hundreds of meetings and dozens of public town halls, Kendra was recognized as one of the most accessible first-term members of Congress. Kendra is fighting to stop dark-money groups influencing our elections by requiring them to disclose their donors. Kendra led a bipartisan coalition working to include budget reforms in stimulus legislation.

Economic Opportunity

Kendra voted to pass emergency unemployment assistance then worked with officials in Oklahoma to tackle the backlog of unemployment claims during the pandemic. During her first term in Congress, Kendra worked with President Trump to pass the USMCA trade deal.Kendra bucked party leadership and fought to pass more relief funding for small businesses, urging both parties to stop playing politics with the PPP program.Kendra introduced the NASA Authorization Act and is working hard to bring good paying, high tech jobs and training to Oklahoma in the aerospace and energy sectors.Kendra received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award for advancing policies that are good for American businesses.

Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure not only have the power to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, they can create lasting jobs and help American workers compete in a global economy. Kendra believes it’s time for the United States to close the digital divide and bring high-speed internet to every family, regardless of their ZIP code. Kendra is fighting for an investment in domestic American supply chains that would protect our country from another wave of the pandemic.

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