Republican Nominee for U.S. House, New Hampshire's 1st District
By Rebecca J. Horvath, Tennessee
Karoline Leavitt has a dynamic personality, an impressive resume, and a convincing elevator pitch. She’s also fresh off a win in an extremely competitive congressional primary. But the most remarkable thing is that Karoline already has built such a long list of accomplishments at just 25 years old.
Karoline is running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st district, a race considered a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. Campaigning in a district that could lean either way, Karoline talks to undecided voters every day and says they all have one thing in common: concerns about the economy.
New Hampshire residents are also deeply concerned about the energy crisis - with winter looming, home heating costs are higher than ever before, leaving some voters “choosing between heating and eating,” she says. “If people want a new, fresh voice who will stand up for policies that lower energy costs, then I ask for their vote. This election is certainly about solving every crisis we face today, but it’s also about the future.”
If she wins in November, Karoline will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress - a badge she wears with honor. “I pride myself on being a young conservative who will go to Washington and really shake up the system and get young people involved in the political process, which is exactly how our Founding Fathers intended it to be in the first place. Young people across the country need a strong, young conservative voice. I can bring that youthful voice and newfound energy that is sorely lacking in DC.”
Karoline understands that some voters were initially skeptical because of her age, so she’s worked hard to prove it’s actually an advantage. And it’s certainly a blessing with the non-stop, exhausting schedule required to run a successful campaign. “I’m grateful to have the energy to keep up!” she says.
While Karoline’s age might encourage comparisons to other young representatives, she brings decidedly different viewpoints to the table. In fact, Howie Carr of The Boston Herald recently predicted she’d be “AOC’s worst nightmare” in Congress.
Karoline started building her resume in college, when she worked as an intern for Fox News. In 2018, she was chosen to be a presidential writer in Donald Trump’s White House, eventually advancing to Assistant Press Secretary to Kayleigh McEnany. After Trump’s term ended, Karoline worked as Communications Director for Rep. Elise Stefanik. But her proudest - and most humbling - accomplishment to date is winning the Republican primary for Congress. “It is such an honor to receive an outpouring of support in my district,” she shares.
A New Hampshire native, Karoline grew up in a small business-owning family. She spent her formative years working at her family’s ice cream stand, learning not only the finer points of running a business but developing the work ethic necessary for success. That work ethic is paying off today - her campaign knocked on 70,000 doors before her primary win and Karoline handles the campaign’s extensive social media herself.
Karoline’s hard work is making an impression; she appears on the NRCC’s Young Gun list and her endorsements include Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Stefanik, and Rep. Jim Jordan.
She says her Federated Republican Women experience has played a key role in her life and career. She praises her home club, Seacoast Federated Republican Women, as “a very uplifting and empowering group of women I am proud to call my friends. They are so excited and enthusiastic about my campaign.”
Karoline appreciates the unique benefits of being a Republican woman. “The Democrat party likes to say they're the party of women until there’s a conservative woman speaking against the policies they support. Only when you suit their narrative and sing their song do they want to uplift you. We as Republican women see it differently - we want all women to be successful, that’s why we want prosperous economic policies from the bottom up and good schools for our children and for mothers to have a say in education. I’m very encouraged by the support I’ve received from Republican women across this district and the country.”
Ultimately, Karoline credits Republican women for putting her on her current path toward Washington, DC. “I would not be where I am if I hadn’t worked for Republican women - all three of my bosses in DC were Republican women. It’s because of the strong leadership of Republican women that I am in the position to run for Congress.”
And at just the beginning of her career with so much ahead of her, Karoline Leavitt is poised to become one of those strong Republican women leaders influencing policy and inspiring people across the country.
Learn more about Karoline's campaign at www.karolineforcongress.com.