A dedicated public servant and leader
Desiree Tims is a dedicated public servant and leader. Desiree was born and raised in Dayton, and she is a proud product of Dayton Public Schools. Inspired by her grandfather’s journey from sharecropping in the Deep South and being forced to leave school at the age of six to support household expenses, she became the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. Desiree attended Xavier University, and most recently graduated from Georgetown Law. As an undergraduate, Desiree joined Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as a volunteer in southwest Ohio. She went on to serve in a White House internship and worked her way up to various positions. Desiree then went to Capitol Hill to work for United States Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. She was also elected to serve as president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus. Her passion for public policy led Desiree to serve in senior advisory roles at Child Care Aware of America and League of Conservation Voters. Now she is running for Congress to fight for the American dream and to blaze a trail for the next generation.
A champion for Ohio working families
“We need leaders who understand and empathize with what's happening in our country right now,” Desiree has said. She has experienced firsthand many of the toughest challenges facing Ohioans, and she is a fierce advocate for expanding economic opportunity. Desiree has worked on complex federal legislation to support hardworking families and strengthen the middle class while on Capitol Hill, and she has what it takes to help move our country forward. She is deeply committed to expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the Affordable Care Act, capping student loan interest rates, and advocating for more federal college grants. Desiree is committed to gun reform and violence prevention, an issue that is deeply personal to her and her home community of Dayton, where nine people were killed and dozens more were injured in a devastating mass shooting last August. An advocate for racial justice, Desiree is committed to fighting inequities in health care, housing, the justice system, education, employment, and banking. "I want to be viewed as a congressional candidate, or a Democratic candidate, not the Black candidate," she has said. "But because I am a woman and in particular a Black woman, I wear a layer of responsibility to share my lived experience.” In late May, an unidentified shooter fired five bullets into the Democratic Party office in Greene County, Ohio, in Desiree’s district, but her resolve is unwavering. “Hate is not welcome here,” she has said. “I’m still running for Congress to end gun violence and unite our community.”
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Desiree is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Turner, whose nine-term record of failure includes repeatedly voting to defund Planned Parenthood and voting to undermine equal pay protections for women. Turner’s deep-pocketed special interest allies will do everything they can to keep this seat, but Desiree can flip it with our help. This district has never elected a woman or an African American to Congress, but Desiree has what it takes to make history as the first. Let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for Ohio working families to Congress.