Carolyn Bourdeaux

Ben Cardin

RACE SUMMARY: When Carolyn ran for Congress in 2018, she lost by 433 votes in one of the closet races in the country. In 2020 she won this seat.
PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 6/3/1970

EDUCATION: Yale University (BA), University of Southern California (MPA), Syracuse Universit (PhD)

OCCUPATION: Associate Professor

FAMILY: Married, 1 Child

  • Director, Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office (2007-2010)
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, (GA-07) (2018)
  • Small Business
  • Transportation & Infrastructure



  • Supports a two state solution.
  • Calls for the U.S. to continue to bolster Israel’s security in a region of hostile neighbors.
  • Encourages policies to move toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

  • Stands up and fight for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.
  • Support efforts to lower the Georgia maternal mortality rate.
  • Believes in finally ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
In Her Own Words

“Women are 50 percent of the United States’ population but make up only 25 percent of Congress. The current administration and Republican party has repeatedly shown profound disrespect for women, opposing choice, Medicaid expansion, access to contraceptives, and equal pay for equal work, among many other policies with profoundly negative consequences for women. It’s time for a change.” 1 

"This country must do more to protect the health of its citizens, ensuring access to affordable, quality health care." 2

"Climate change is an existential threat to our way of life and will significantly impact the well-being of our children and future generations. The science behind climate change is clear. It’s time that we pass serious measures to curb the troubling trends of warming temperatures, heightened levels of CO2, and rising sea levels while we still can." 3

Interesting Facts

In the first quarter of 2019, she outraised all other congressional challengers in the country, with a total of over $350,000.

Her family suffered from bankruptcy duirng the recession in the 1990s.

She was able to earn her degree through public grants and federal loans.