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Gloria Johnson, State Representative in House District 13, is a retired Knox County school teacher with 27 years experience educating special needs children.
In this upcoming 2022 election cycle, however, Gloria is running in House District 90 (HD90) as a result of redistricting.
Whether she is encouraging students or advocating for her neighbors, she is always standing tall for our values.
She wants to ensure that:
- Every child has access to a high-quality, well resourced public school.
- Every family can go to the doctor when they are sick without going broke.
- Every person who works for a living is being prioritized, as she stands up to corrupt corporate special interests.
GLORIA'S TIME AS A TEACHER
Gloria knows Knox County Schools because she not only taught there, she graduated from Knox County schools – specifically at Farragut High School.
Upon graduation, she went on to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she obtained her education degree. She taught at Mooreland Heights Elementary School, South Doyle High School (where she helped the school earn the “School of Promise” designation), and Central High School.
But Gloria discovered that, in addition to her love of connecting and organizing people and programs in education, she also had a passion for politics.
GLORIA’S JOURNEY TO SERVING HER CONSTITUENTS
In 2008, Gloria was bestowed a unique opportunity to train alongside the Barack Obama campaign’s best field organizers. This gave her the skills to begin organizing hundreds of volunteers to work in Knox County and surrounding states.
Her experience organizing for the Obama campaign injected energy into Knox County Democrats and helped build the party district by district. In 2009, she was elected Knox County Democratic Party Chairwoman and was subsequently re-elected for the position in 2011.
In 2012, she successfully ran for State House to give a needed voice for students, teachers, and working families in Tennessee. She served in the 108th General Assembly as a strong advocate for public education, affordable health care, our Tennessee mountains, and high-quality jobs with good wages.
In 2015, Gloria went back to organizing across the state for the passage of Insure Tennessee, Governor Haslam’s version of Medicaid expansion. She built healthcare and education organizing coalitions in Tennessee and was overwhelmingly voted back in the legislature in 2018 to once again serve her constituents.
Her advocacy work with health care and a lifetime supporting public education keeps her energized and inspired to run for HD90. Gloria is dedicated to making sure children, working families, seniors, teachers and all Tennesseans have a voice at the legislature.
GLORIA GROWING UP
Though her family has been in East Tennessee for generations, Gloria was born in Colorado. Her family moved to California and then to Mississippi for her father’s work as a FBI Special Agent. By the seventh grade, Gloria’s family was transferred back to Knoxville, as was their hope.
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