Congresswoman Sharice Davids made history three distinctive times in 2018 when she won her first race to Congress: as the first openly LGBTQ person of color ever elected to Congress; as the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected at the federal level from Kansas; and as one of the first two Native American women ever elected to Congress. Sharice is currently the only Native American woman in Congress (former Congresswoman Deb Haaland is now serving as President Biden’s Secretary of the Interior).
Sharice represents Kansas’ Third Congressional District – which is Kansas City, Kansas-based – in Congress. She was raised by a single mom who spent more than 20 years serving in the US Army and later worked as a union member of the postal service. Sharice was the first person in her family to attend college. She worked her way from Johnson County Community College to Cornell Law School, juggling multiple jobs to put herself through school.
Sharice went on to work in economic and community development on Native American reservations, helping tribes to create programs and initiatives for growth. This work inspired her to apply for the prestigious White House Fellowship program, where she served under President Barack Obama and continued to create economic opportunities for others.
Sharice ran for Congress to give Kansans a voice who represents our values and interests, and to make sure everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their goals that she did. She has spent time in Congress working tirelessly to tackle the issues most important to Kansas families, including strengthening our public schools, lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and making sure the government is working for the people.