Kendra Horn is running to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Horn will run against Tom Guild in a Democratic runoff in August, and the winner will face two-term Republican Congressman Steve Russell in the general election. If elected, Horn would become the third woman to serve Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives. Horn is the leading Democratic contender in the primary.
Background and Achievements
Kendra Horn is a 5th generation Oklahoman and native of Chickasha, OK. After law school, Kendra served as press secretary for former U.S. Congressman Brad Carson, from the second district of Oklahoma, who is an expert on native Indian law. She has also managed political campaigns and served as Executive Director for Sally’s List, where she led a concerted effort to get more women to run for and serve in elected office in Oklahoma. After returning to Oklahoma in 2014, Horn founded Oklahoma Women Lead after recognizing the adversities that many women face in the state. This non-profit is dedicated to women’s empowerment, civic engagement, and leadership in Oklahoma. Kendra is active in her community, serving on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Board and helps develop the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership Program and American Legion Girls State. Kendra is a lifelong Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient. Horn is currently serving as a professional mediator while running her congressional campaign.
Positions on Key Issues
- Fight for rural and urban access to health care
- Strengthen public schools
- Pushing for small businesses and industries in Oklahoma
- Fighting for middle-class families
- Pushing for equal pay
Prospects & Opponents
In the Democratic primary on June 26, Kendra Horn received 43.8% of the votes and Tom Guild received 17.9% of the votes. Because neither candidate received a majority, they will compete in a runoff election on August 28. The winner of the runoff will face Republican incumbent Steve Russell in the general election on November 6.