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Rhonda Hart – A Mother, Veteran, and Advocate for Change in Texas’ 14th Congressional District

Rhonda Hart, a middle-class mother, and U.S. Army veteran, empathizes with the economic struggles faced by many in South Texas, having experienced living paycheck to paycheck herself. Additionally, she seeks improved benefits and greater access to doctors for veterans like her.

However, her motivation for running for the U.S. House in Texas’ 14th congressional district stems from the tragic loss of her 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, in the 2018 Santa Fe school shooting. Hart advocates for stronger gun laws to prevent similar tragedies and has actively worked on gun violence prevention measures, told CW39 Houston.

As part of her efforts, Hart lobbied for the Kimberly Vaughan Safe Storage of Firearms Act in Washington, D.C., emphasizing the importance of safe gun storage. While the Act passed in the U.S. House in 2022, it faced challenges in the Senate. Hart believes that proper gun storage could have prevented the Santa Fe shooting and has reached out to victims’ families, offering support and understanding.

The decision to run for office solidified after a meeting with incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Weber, during which Hart discovered his lack of support for gun violence prevention bills. Hart is determined to challenge Weber in the largely Republican 14th congressional district, spanning from Beaumont to Lake Jackson along the coastline.

Drawing on her activism, Hart has built connections across the state and country, seeking advice from prominent Democrats such as Beto O’Rourke, Eric Swalwell, and Sheila Jackson Lee. Despite political differences, she believes in finding common ground, emphasizing the need for a universal background check system and defining safe storage standards without infringing on individuals’ gun rights.

Hart’s policy priorities extend beyond gun control, including advocating for a “human immigration system,” improving education and addressing veteran’s and women’s issues. She emphasizes women’s autonomy in healthcare decisions and aims to represent the diverse concerns of her community in the upcoming election.

To express your opinion on gun reform proposals to your own representatives in Congress, you can look them up and contact them here:

Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.


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