Kelly grew up in a faith-filled, close-knit family that valued hard work and serving others. She babysat throughout high school for many families, earning enough money to visit her grandparents in Ireland for a summer and to self-finance her living expenses in college. Kelly’s family also regularly served at soup kitchens and volunteered in the community.
As a high school exchange student on a government scholarship program in Germany during the 80s, Kelly's love of our country and her appreciation for our free market system grew. Visits to East Berlin and Moscow impressed upon her the stark reality that the communist system meant poverty and limited life options for millions of those walled inside the Eastern bloc.
Kelly is a summa cum laude graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she studied International Politics. She went on to earn a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School. She knows that promoting access to education and job training is vital to our community and that one’s education is not limited to formal schooling but is instead a lifelong endeavor. She’ll work to promote a rich cultural environment in our area where libraries, the arts, and civic organizations are valued.
Kelly’s dream in law school was to be a human rights lawyer. It came true when she was hired as Senior Counsel for International Human Rights to Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. Advocating on behalf of political prisoners, child slaves, and the poorest of the poor and serving as a voice for persecuted people around the world deepened Kelly’s passion to continue fighting for the most vulnerable at home and abroad.
Since she decided to become a full-time mother, Kelly has devoted herself to the most important work in the world – raising the next generation. She and her husband built their first home in Prince William County because they wanted their kids to grow up in a diverse community where they could play outside and truly enjoy the innocence of childhood. She believes parents are the first and most important teachers of their children and will fight to protect the rights of parents against governmental overreach into the upbringing of their children.