Women to Watch: Vennia Francois, Candidate for Florida’s Tenth District

This profile is part of Republican Women for Progress’ Women to Watch series, which highlights Republican women running for office in 2020 who are committed to working through the legislative process in a bipartisan way in order to create effective policy at the local, state, and national levels.

Vennia Francois is running to represent the Tenth District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born and raised in Orlando, Francois is an ardent believer in the American Dream because she and her family have lived it firsthand.

As Francois explains, economic opportunity is the foundation of the American Dream. Francois strongly supports the Republican economic platform of reducing the tax burden, removing regulations that harm businesses, and creating jobs. Now more than ever a healthy economy is critical for all Americans.

Born to first-generation immigrants, Francois was the first college graduate in her family. Francois believes in the power of education for economic opportunity and sees rapidly increasing student loan debt as a critical issue. She would address this issue by reforming federal loan programs, which have allowed tuition to soar and have left young people with insurmountable debt.

Francois attended the University of Florida, before transferring to Lee University, and later graduated from Florida A&M Law School. Following law school, Francois worked for Republican Senators Mel Martinez and George LeMieux before transitioning to Lockheed Martin and the SEC. She is an active member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, the National Federation of Republican Women, and Calvary Assembly of Winter Park where her family has worshipped for forty years.

Francois’ primary is coming up on August 18th, and the rest of her policy positions can be found on her website. She was recently listed in Marie Claire among other Black candidates running for office in 2020.

Disclaimer: The inclusion of a candidate in RWFP’s Women to Watch series does not constitute an endorsement by the organization or its members.

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