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Lee Alumna Francois Runs for Congress


By Naudia O’Steen

Lee University alumna Vennia Francois recently announced her candidacy for Congress in Florida’s 7th District.

Francois graduated from Lee in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. During her time at Lee, she was involved in Lee Singers and Sigma Nu Sigma. She also directed the annual Parade of Favorites event, which brings together clubs across campus for a show that features dance and talents to fundraise for local nonprofits.

Vennia Runs for Congress
Vennia Francois

Francois “found her calling” volunteering on political campaigns during her time at Lee. She ultimately decided to attend law school so that she could more effectively promote political change, earning her law degree from Florida A&M in 2007.

Francois served former Florida Senator Mel Martinez as a full-time policy advisor. After his retirement, she also worked for his successor Republican Senator George LeMieux. Francois is well-versed in a wide range of policy issues, such as education, banking, labor, and transportation.

“I’m running for Congress to ensure that future generations of Americans have every opportunity at achieving the American dream that I’ve had,” said Francois. “Today’s student loan debt crisis not only adversely affects graduating students as they begin to reach for that dream, but it has a ripple effect throughout the economy. Education and student loan reform are two areas I intend to focus on in Congress.”

Francois worked with Lawyers For Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign and worked on African-American voter outreach efforts as a volunteer with Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Florida’s Seventh Congressional District includes Northern Orange County and Seminole County.

For more information about Francois, visit Vennia For Congress.

Follow Francois on Twitter at @Vennia4Congress and on Facebook.

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