My name is Shannon Freshour and I’m running to represent the people of the 4th Congressional District in Ohio.
I’m the daughter of a hardworking mom who made sure to instill Ohio’s core values in me:
Our family’s story is like many in our communities: we struggled financially, often living paycheck to paycheck, and were forced to move a lot.
I thank God for my mom’s focus on education and for Ohio’s public schools. I was one of the first Headstart kids in Ohio. I am proof that early investment in children pays off lifelong dividends. I know what it’s like to go to school hungry, so was grateful for Ohio’s investment in reduced cost breakfast and lunch programs. These services allowed me to survive and then thrive.
These programs had an incredible impact on me and I will always champion them in Congress. We need to give more opportunities to the next generation, allowing them the start they need to compete and win in our ever-changing economy.
At its best, I believe politics is about helping people. After graduating as part of the first class from Thomas Worthington High School, I volunteered on some statewide and presidential campaigns. I wanted to see how politics connects with communities. To further my curiosity and education, I went to college in DC at Trinity Washington University, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and minors in Art History and Women’s Studies.
I loved my four years at Trinity and I learned a lot about politics and policy from a variety of viewpoints. In fact, I am probably the only person in history to intern and work for Senator Ted Kennedy, current Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway, and the Blue Dog Coalition. From each I learned that people should always come before partisanship, compromise is not a curse word, and you can disagree about policy without being disrespectful.
After graduating from Trinity, I went on to a Master’s Degree in American Government from Johns Hopkins University. For the last 20 years I have worked as a litigation paralegal. I worked on a lot of trials, some high profile, and most smaller – but just as important cases, always fighting for our clients in their search for justice.
My promise to you is simple, I will work hard to earn your vote and if I am given the honor of representing you in Congress, I will always put your needs – my constituents and neighbors – first.