Kristen's Hoosier roots go back generations in Indiana's Sixth Congressional District. Her mother was one of nine children, raised throughout the District and the State. Kristen comes from a hard-working, lower to middle-class family, Kristen was taught the importance of financial responsibility, integrity, hard work ethic, standing by her principles, and being accountable. These core values have guided Kristen, both professionally and personally. They were instilled in Kristen by her parents who are both educators and proud IU graduates. These values dictate how she has led others, and will represent the District in Congress.
Kristen has a varied and valuable professional background. She has taught high school religion. As an Assistant Attorney General, she represented Child Protective Services – and was a watchdog for children's rights. Since then, Kristen has been a successful businesswoman in several industries, dedicating her talents to non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Kristen was recognized as a 2011 Woman of Achievement by Xavier College Preparatory academy for her service to the community and being a role model to the next generation of public servants. Kristen has recently been asked to be a speaker for the 2011 X Breakfast to raise funds for the benefit of the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.
On the business front, Kristen's most recent endeavor was in establishing a multi-state law firm. The firm, based in New Palestine, Indiana (in “The Barn” on the 52) – has grown under Kristen's management and oversight. She has balanced the budget, engaged in smart growth, and created jobs. Kristen's firm now has offices and serves clients in four states – creating jobs in each of them.
Though a knowledgeable and successful teacher, lawyer, and businesswoman, Kristen's richest experience comes from her family. Kristen, and her husband Troy, have four children – Luke and Lily (both 7), Henry (4), and Eli (18 months). In the last several years, Kristen and Troy have had the humbling challenge of learning that their two biological sons have a rare, degenerative mitochondrial disease. More than ever, Kristen has maintained her focus on the positive – both within her family and in what she can do for others.
Kristen and her husband founded Henry's Hope (inspired by their son, Henry), a non-profit dedicated to helping children fighting terminal and life-threatening diseases, and their families.