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Ohio's Congressional District 4 - Janet Garrett

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Meet Janet:

From the day I was born in Troy, Ohio I have been proud to call Ohio my home. I grew up in a family with three siblings . My father was an elementary school principal and my mother was a homemaker. As a child, I hated school. At the age of 12 I had become determined to do a better job than the teachers I had had. I decided that I would become a teacher myself, and while this was an unusual path to teaching, it is one of the reasons that I have always had an affinity for students who are struggling in the classroom.  I began my teaching career at the age of 22. I taught for 3 years and then joined the Peace Corps and went to Micronesia. Throughout that time I struggled with my role there and spent a lot of time reflecting on America. That experience was life changing and forever influences what I think is important and what isn’t. I had gone hoping to change the world, but I discovered that my presence there was far more complicated than I expected it to be. I decided that the best thing I could do was go home and support my own people.

I went back to graduate school and got my Master’s Degree from Kent State University. I spent more than 35 years teaching in classrooms with Ohio’s students, helping them find success from the start by teaching first grade, kindergarten, and special education. Over this time I also married my first husband and raised three strong feminist daughters, Ariel, Natael, and Mira, who continue to make me proud everyday. Raising three children isn’t easy and, like too many Ohioans, I faced many challenges raising my children. As a result, I have come out stronger and more dedicated to making life easier for families like mine across the state.

We need to do more to help our children in schools, more to protect women, and more to make opportunities for decent-paying jobs and make college more affordable to everyone who has that drive.

During my career I also had the opportunity to serve on the executive board of our teachers union. I even took on the role of president and was at the negotiating table more times than I can count. I know what it takes to get a better deal for Ohio’s teachers, children, and families, and I will take that experience to Washington, where I will fight tirelessly for everyone in the 4th district. From here, getting involved in the political process was a natural step.

In 2006, I married my second husband and my best friend, Michael Garrett.