Homeschooled Congresswoman

Discussion in 'Homeschooling in the News' started by homeschooler06, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. homeschooler06

    homeschooler06 Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    2,471
    Likes Received:
    0
    This read this and feel encourage. Mrs. Herrera was homeschooled up until 9th grade. Now on the foothills of our goverment. If this is old news sorry. Being in the land of the rising sun I tend to be in the dark of home activities. FYI, I don't get all political just feels good to hear a good article that includes homeschooling, even if it is politics

    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=226325

    The politically active homeschooling movement is celebrating the election to Congress of one of its own, Republican Jaime Herrera, who will represent Southwest Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The daughter of a printing business worker who moved his family from California north to Ridgefield, Wash., Herrera was homeschooled through the ninth grade.

    "My parents taught me God first, family second and service to community a close third," she wrote in a letter to precinct committee officers when she was seeking appointment to a vacant seat in the Washington state Legislature.

    "Those were the values of our region, too: personal responsibility, a strong work ethic," Herrera said in an interview with The Columbian daily of Vancouver, Wash.

    Her parents, Armando and Candice Herrera, adopted the three children of Armando's brother to rescue them from the influence of drugs and gangs in Southern California, the paper said. In 2006, through their church, the children became involved in gang prevention.

    Herrera celebrated her 32nd birthday last week along with her Nov. 2 victory over Democrat Danny Heck, 53 percent to 47 percent.

    Her campaign office said she is out of the country at the moment and unavailable for comment.







    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ON CAPITOL HILL

    Homeschooled candidate heads to Congress
    Jaime Herrera joins new wave of fresh faces in House

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Posted: November 09, 2010
    9:29 pm Eastern

    © 2010 WorldNetDaily


    Jaime Herrera

    The politically active homeschooling movement is celebrating the election to Congress of one of its own, Republican Jaime Herrera, who will represent Southwest Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The daughter of a printing business worker who moved his family from California north to Ridgefield, Wash., Herrera was homeschooled through the ninth grade.

    "My parents taught me God first, family second and service to community a close third," she wrote in a letter to precinct committee officers when she was seeking appointment to a vacant seat in the Washington state Legislature.

    "Those were the values of our region, too: personal responsibility, a strong work ethic," Herrera said in an interview with The Columbian daily of Vancouver, Wash.

    Her parents, Armando and Candice Herrera, adopted the three children of Armando's brother to rescue them from the influence of drugs and gangs in Southern California, the paper said. In 2006, through their church, the children became involved in gang prevention.

    Herrera celebrated her 32nd birthday last week along with her Nov. 2 victory over Democrat Danny Heck, 53 percent to 47 percent.

    Her campaign office said she is out of the country at the moment and unavailable for comment.

    (Story continues below)




    Homeschoolers were active nationwide in the mid-term elections, with a division of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association called Generation Joshua deploying 900 students in 21 races.

    The Student Action Teams, or SATs, of about 45 or 50 were sent out five days before the election. In previous elections, they have worked for candidates such as Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Bob McDonnel of Virginia and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

    Daniel Webster, a homeschooling father, who was infamously smeared by opponent Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., as "Taliban Dan," was a beneficiary of Generation Joshua's Florida efforts last week. Webster defeated Grayson by 18 points.


    Herrera, meanwhile, was vying for an open seat in Washington state's 3rd District currently held by Democratic Rep. Brian Baird. Herrera's strong challenge prompted the White House to dispatch Vice President Joe Biden to the district.

    Clarity of vision

    Asked in an interview with Time magazine, to name her political hero or inspiration, she said she had two, Abigail Adams and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    "I am encouraged and challenged by Thatcher's clarity of vision and her unwavering dedication to what was best for her country," Herrera said. "She stood firm in the face of tough opposition and was a strong leader."

    After homeschooling through the ninth grade, Herrera went to Prairie High School, where she played on the girls' basketball team. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a degree in communications.

    She told The Columbian she was a Republican after leaving home and reflecting on the values she had learned from her family.

    "I do believe in smaller government, less government at every possible turn," she said.

    She said she is pro-life and opposes extending legal partnerships to same-sex couples.

    She worked briefly as a White House intern then joined the Capitol Hill staff of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in 2006 and 2007 before returning home to Clark County to run for the Legislature.

    "It's sinking in," Herrera said Wednesday after her election victory. "I'm excited. I have this amazing, tremendous responsibility and it is not something everyone gets a chance to do. It's going to be some of the most challenging times to govern that this nation has seen."

    She told Time magazine she ran for office "to stop-the out-of-control spending taking place in D.C."

    "Our current Congress is spending money in an attempt to get us out of this economic crisis, not realizing that overspending is the crisis," she said. "The disconnect between current politicos and the rest of us who are in reality is hard to believe.

    "I say it's time to trust the American people again – not those who think they know best how to live our lives and spend our money," she said.

    Hispanic and Republican

    As a conservative Hispanic woman, Herrera shouldn't exist, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, points out Townhall columnist Guy Benson.

    In August, Reid told a Latino audience he didn't know "how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican."

    Herrera told Benson that when she first heard the remarks, she was momentarily dumbfounded.

    "It was a sense of disbelief at first," she said. "But then I realized that this man, who is the face of the Democratic Party, does not understand the American people."

    Herrera's entrance to the 2010 congressional race began during the health-care debate of August 2009 when the current representative, Baird, compared protesters of the plan to Nazis.

    "What we're seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics. I mean that very seriously," Baird said.

    Herrera immediately was flooded with requests to run.

    "Some of our friends were asking me to run at our wedding reception," she said, who is married to Dan Beutler. "I'd been married for about two hours at that point."
     
  2.  
  3. Hsmom2bz

    Hsmom2bz New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am glad that she was homeschooled and it is going to be known now for part of the education world and not the undergrownd education anymore. She has brought it to the light.
     
  4. CarolLynn

    CarolLynn New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    543
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wonderful!
     
  5. aggie01

    aggie01 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,948
    Likes Received:
    0
    Its nice to know so when people say that homeschooled kids end up as lint pickers and socially backwards. I don't think somebody like that could get elected!
     
  6. mykidsrock

    mykidsrock New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2010
    Messages:
    714
    Likes Received:
    0
    cool! Maybe she'll do some good too!
     
  7. johnegood

    johnegood New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is she the only homeschooled person in the Congress and Senate? In the old days (ie the 19th century), there were of course a lot of homeschooled presidents and leaders.

    Have there been others in the last decade?
     
  8. CokeZero

    CokeZero New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for posting. It is encouraging that she is proud of being homeschooled and not trying to hide it.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 49 (members: 0, guests: 42, robots: 7)