Christina understands the daily struggle of working families. Growing up in a trailer in a rural part of Florida, her parents never graduated from high school, and her dad struggled to make ends meet as a construction worker. When he became ill with emphysema, his health insurance was cancelled, and her family had to choose between paying for his medicine and everything else.
Christina has also experienced first-hand the transformative power of education. The first in her family to go to college, she worked her way through school as an engineer with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and graduated with honors with a degree in Environmental Engineering. She then went on to law school at the University of Florida, where she graduated first in her class and was Editor-in-Chief of the law review.
Twenty years ago, Christina moved to Iowa City to become a law professor at the University of Iowa. She teaches and writes in several areas of law, including Constitutional Law, Torts, and Intellectual Property. She enjoys teaching the important role of law and constitutional democracy in a just and vibrant society. She also researches how scientific and artistic innovation spur economic growth, and her co-authored book Creation Without Restraint has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.
While at the University of Iowa, Christina has served as Faculty Senate President, where she drafted and championed a university-wide policy that gave hundreds of non-tenure track faculty greater job security, a path to promotion, and grievance rights. She has also led initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, faculty development, and free speech.
Christina is the proud mom of City High Senior Mira Bohannan Kumar, an enthusiastic yellow lab named Honey, and a stubborn (but sweet) little spaniel named Ginger. She has been involved in several community organizations, including groups that advocate for gun violence prevention, women’s empowerment, and social justice.
I believe in our democracy. Voter choice is an important part of that – at the local as well as the national level, and in primaries as well as general elections. And there has never been a time when we have needed voter choice more than we do now. We are at a critical point in our national political life, a time when we need to think seriously about the status quo and whether our representatives are up to meeting the challenges before us. With a long-serving and unchallenged incumbent, we have not had that conversation about our Iowa House district in nearly twenty years.
Even among candidates of the same party, there can be differences in perspectives and policy priorities. There also can be differences in how candidates approach the job and their levels of engagement with constituents.
I believe our district needs a representative who is all in. Who will show up for you, listen to you, and fight for you. Who has the skills, the vision, and the passion to give you the representation you deserve at a critical point in time. I would work hard to be that person, and I would be honored to represent you in the Iowa House.
My team and I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, would like to discuss issues, or would like to have me come to talk to your group or neighborhood.
I hope to see you during the campaign, and I humbly ask for your vote in the Democratic primary on June 2!