House of Representatives: Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, who was raised in foster care before being adopted by her grandparents, has said she never expected to go to college, but not only did she graduate from Georgetown, she worked as an adviser in the Obama White House. Now she is hoping to become the youngest female member of Congress at just 26 years old. She faces military veteran and Lutheran pastor George Scott for the Democratic nomination.
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“I want to make sure that the people … have a real representative,” said Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, who is running for a seat in Congress in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.
On March 7, Corbin-Johnson visited Yorkview Hall at York College of Pennsylvania to speak about her personal background and progressive campaign with the public.
Students from YCP attended the event, in addition to Steve Snell, who is running as a Democrat in the 94th state House district race.”
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“Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson has been characterized by her attitude in facing life’s challenges and adversities. Since she was a child, this fighter has managed to face obstacles and turn them into opportunities.
Born in York and raised by a foster family, Corbin-Johnson admits that she never expected to go to college. Not only did she graduate from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s of Science in International Affairs, but also she then obtained a Master’s Degree in U.S. Foreign Affairs from the George Washington University. Shavonnia speaks 5 languages: Spanish, English, French, Arabic, and Hindi.”
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At 26, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, would become one of the youngest members of Congress, and the first African American or woman to represent the district. Corbin-Johnson grew up in York and has foreign policy related degrees from Georgetown and George Washington universities. She formerly worked in the administration of President Barack Obama and said the experience will enable her to “hit the ground running” in Congress.
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Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson, a first-time candidate in the Democratic primary field in the race for the 10th Congressional District, said her candidacy is resonating with minorities and particularly young people – something, she said, that amounts to a win no matter the outcome in May.
‘That’s one of my goals … getting people engaged in the political process,” said Corbin-Johnson, who is 26.
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At 26, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson is arguably among the youngest candidates. You have to be 25 to qualify to run. A first-time candidate, Corbin-Johnson is running in the Democratic primary race for the 10th Congressional District. She served in the Obama White House as the advisor and assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Bob Casey. The 10th Congressional District replaces the old 4th Congressional District. Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican, is the incumbent.
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“While Pennsylvania’s congressional districts have been redrawn over the past few weeks, candidates are doing their best to acclimate and adapt to the changing campaign landscape. Districts changing mid-cycle was unexpected, but PA-10 candidate Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson is certainly up for the challenge.
Corbin-Johnson’s first foray into politics was in college when she worked for Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, who is currently one of the ten Democratic senators running for re-election in a state won by Donald Trump in 2016. Corbin-Johnson then went on to work in Obama’s White House, where she served as the advisor and assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.”
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A York native, Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson grew up in foster care before moving in with her grandparents. She became the first person in her family to attend college and earn a degree. While an undergraduate at Georgetown University, she worked as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey and, upon graduating, served on his staff in Washington. She later earned a master’s degree from George Washington University.
Her work with Casey earned her a job as an adviser and assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget under the Obama administration. She went from growing up at or near the poverty line to helping the federal government monitor and manage a $4.1 trillion annual budget.
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Corbin-Johnson, a former White House adviser during the Obama administration, applauded the Parkland students who advocated for “commonsense gun reform” and said that it’s time to get the process moving in the federal government.
In addition, she said it was vital for states to enforce the laws they have on the books. She endorsed universal background checks and preventing domestic violence abusers from purchasing guns.
If elected, it’s an issue she said she would bring to the forefront on Capitol Hill.
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Recent Georgetown graduate and former White House adviser Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (SFS ’14) announced her bid for the House of Representatives last October, just over three years after she graduated.
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