“I don’t ask to be admitted into the American Dream;
I am the American Dream.”
Kathy Barnette did not look at a spreadsheet to learn about poverty. She did not read a book to understand overcoming great obstacles. She often says that she’s not asking to be admitted into the American Dream; she is the American Dream. Having grown up on a pig farm in the deep South, Kathy was raised in a home with no insulation, no running water, an outhouse in the back and a well on the side. Because no one looked at her and told her she was a victim, Kathy went on to become the first in her family to graduate from college achieving a bachelor in Finance and eventually earning her Master’s degree. She served her country proudly for ten years in the Armed Forces Reserves, where she was accepted into Officer Candidacy School. Kathy worked in the financial industry for A.G. Edwards and Sons and Bank of America Capital Asset Management analyzing hundreds of company’s financial documents, all the while learning about what drives real and sustainable economic growth.
She worked in corporate America in the comptroller’s department at J.C.Penney, as an adjunct professor of Corporate Finance, authored her first book, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America, and now, she’s running for the U.S. Senate - only in America! Kathy’s life journey speaks to all that is good about our country. In 2020, Kathy entered into the world of politics for the first time when she decided to run against the entrenched incumbent in the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. After coming out of the quarantine, Kathy only had four months to run her entire race. In a D+ 9 district, she inspired many and raised over $1 million, with an average donation of $55.
Kathy is also a proud wife and mother of two great children. After reviewing her daughters’ school curriculum, she decided to pull her kids out of public school and homeschooled them, which she did for six years. During that time, she started speaking out more and more about the Obama administration’s failed policies and became a regular commentator on Fox News. Kathy will make an outstanding America First voice for Pennsylvanians in the United States Senate with this background.