Kendra Horn

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Kendra Horn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded bySteve Russell
Personal details
Kendra Suzanne Horn

(1976-06-09) June 9, 1976 (age 42)
Chickasha, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Tulsa (BA)
Southern Methodist University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Kendra Suzanne Horn (born June 9, 1976) is an American attorney, politician, and activist representing Oklahoma's 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.[1] She is the first Democrat to be elected to the 5th district seat in 44 years, the first Democrat to be elected as a Member of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma in 8 years, the first Democratic woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma, and the third woman elected as a Member of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma.

Early life and education[edit]

Horn was a member of the Girl Scouts and received the Gold Award. Horn graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Tulsa in 1998. In 2001, Horn graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She also studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

Kendra Horn worked in private practice as a lawyer at a small firm in Dallas, Texas before opening a solo practice in 2002. Horn was hired on as press secretary to United States Congressman Brad Carson (OK-02) from 2004 to 2005. She went on to work for the Space Foundation first as Manager of Government Affairs at their D.C. office and later as the Manager of Communication and Media Relations until 2008. She managed the gubernatorial campaign of Joe Dorman in 2014. She has worked as a strategic consultant with Amatra, a communication technology firm, since 2009.[citation needed]

She is one of the founders of Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains and supports women to encourage community and civic action.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


On July 3, 2017, Horn announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for United States House of Representatives to Oklahoma's fifth congressional district.[3] After receiving 44% of the vote in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2018, Horn and primary opponent Tom Guild advanced to the primary runoff.[4] During the August 28 primary, Horn received 76% of the vote, easily defeating Tom Guild and becoming the Democratic nominee.[5] Kendra Horn defeated Republican Steve Russell in the November 6 general election with 50.7% to his 49.3% of the vote, in what was widely considered one of the biggest upset victories of the cycle.[6]


On January 3, 2019, the first day of the 116th United States Congress,[7] Congresswoman Horn joined 219 other Democrats to support Nancy Pelosi in the chamber-wide election for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[8] When explaining her decision to support Pelosi, Horn mentioned that the Democratic and Republican nominees were Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy, respectively, and said that Pelosi's support for improving health care, strengthening Medicare and Social Security, and supporting public education aligned with her successful campaign platform in the 2018 election and therefore with her goals in Congress.[9] On January 15, Horn was named to the House Armed Services Committee.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

On November 6, 2018, in what was widely considered one of the biggest upsets in the nation in the 2018 midterms, Horn defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Steve Russell 50.7% to 49.3%, becoming the first Democratic candidate to win the fifth district since John Jarman in 1974, who switched parties to become a Republican during his tenure.[6]

United States House of Representatives Elections

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kendra Horn 34,857 43.8
Democratic Tom Guild 14,242 17.9
Democratic Elysabeth Britt 10,739 13.5
Democratic Eddie Porter 8,447 10.6
Democratic Leona Kelley-Leonard 6,693 8.4
Democratic Tyson Todd Meade 4,527 5.7
Total votes 79,505 100.0
Democratic primary runoff results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kendra Horn 22,052 75.8
Democratic Tom Guild 7,039 24.2
Total votes 29,091 100.0
Oklahoma's 5th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kendra Horn 121,013 50.7
Republican Steve Russell (incumbent) 117,725 49.3
Total votes 238,738 100

Personal life[edit]

Kendra was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kendra Horn's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mission & Vision". Women Lead Oklahoma. Women Lead OK. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  3. ^ McGuigan, Patrick B. "At Oklahoma City event, Kendra Horn launches campaign for Democratic nomination in the Fifth Congressional District". Capitol Beat OK. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Wingerter, Justin (June 26, 2018). "Democratic congressional field narrows to Kendra Horn and Tom Guild in Oklahoma City district". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Wingerter, Justin (August 28, 2018). "Kendra Horn cruises past Tom Guild in congressional runoff, will face Steve Russell". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Wingerter, Justin (November 6, 2018). "Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City Stunner". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Election of the Speaker". U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes. Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  8. ^ Haas, Karen. "FINAL RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2: ELECTION OF THE SPEAKER". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ Bowman, Bridget. "Vulnerable new Democrats savor first day as 2020 looms". Roll Call. FiscalNote. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Luria named to House Armed Services Committee". January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Russell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Katie Hill
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Chrissy Houlahan