Elysabeth Britt, PHR, SHRM-CP, is a lifelong Oklahoman, raised in both Lawton and Oklahoma City. She was a political unknown until 2018 when she entered her candidacy for United States House of Representatives in Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District, a district that would later yield Oklahoma's only Democratic Representative in Washington DC, Congresswoman Kendra Horn.
Elysabeth finished 3rd out of six candidates in the June Primary with an impressive 10,752 votes, or 14% of the vote share.
Elysabeth graduated from Putnam City North High School in 1996. After high school, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty from 1997 to 1999. Upon returning to Oklahoma, she attended both Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in Sociology in 2004.
Elysabeth's professional interest led her to the field of Human Resources where she has spent nearly two decades creating jobs, facilitating professional development opportunities, and leading Oklahoma companies to success.
After the 2018 election, Elysabeth returned to working in Human Resources where she found a home at The Oklahoman and Gannett Media.
Elysabeth believes in community service and serves as an advisory board member with Other Options, Inc., a non-profit community food pantry and medical assistance program for those living with HIV/AIDS.
She has three children, a love for electronic dance music and gardening. She is a Marine Corps rifle expert, not terrible at darts, and tends to win nearly every game of cornhole.
• Advancing a more equitable global community
• Reducing the cost of healthcare and rebuilding rural health clinics
• Advocating competitive wages and holding corporations accountable
• Ensuring student loans and home loans are fair and equitable
• Guaranteeing equal human and civil rights for all Americans
• Restoring America as the land of opportunity for all
• Protecting American ingenuity and copyrights
• Restoring and developing new infrastructure
• Improving international cooperation
• Investing in emerging science
To ensure children have an opportunity to learn and have higher chances of future success, investment in education must be made at every level of government. To support local educational agencies, Congress must - provide more significant funding measures, reduce burdensome grant application processes, and simplify formulas used to allocate funding.
• I recommend increasing Congressional funding for Title 1, IDEA, and ESSA programs.
• I believe in expanding the use of technology in the classroom for early education.
• I think teachers must be paid well and receive annual training in child development.
I support healthcare for all, but such a bold initiative must include re-establishing and rebuilding health care for our rural communities.
Oklahoma's health care needs vary from other regions in the United States in that health care options primarily outside of our two largest cities, have grown scarce. Any national reform must include funding to ensure our communities across the state have access to the life-saving treatment they deserve.
Immigration is one of the critical issues facing legislators today. For over five hundred years, the people of foreign nations have traveled to our shores “yearning to breathe free.” They are our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Fact-filled research indicates the benefits of immigration far exceed any negative impact on the economy or state, which runs contrary to the stance of the current administration.
• I support a path to citizenship for the DACA Dreamers.
• I am opposed to spending billions and billions of dollars on a border wall.
• I support immigration for those seeking to escape religious persecution
• I believe America needs a robust Immigrant Work Visa Program
I believe the cost associated with child care services should be 100% tax-deductible up to $30,000 per year, per child.
Individuals with children in daycare are currently only receiving about 20% - 30% of what they spend as a tax deduction. I don't believe this is in the best interest of helping the American family, and modifications to our nation's tax laws are needed to help families succeed.
We must preserve the rights of citizens to bear arms responsibly. As a former service member, I recognize the right of Americans to own firearms for self-defense and hunting. To ensure guns don’t fall into the hands of those who would wish to do us harm, we must re-evaluate some aspects of current firearm legislation or lack thereof.
• I support responsible gun ownership for individuals over the age of 18.
• I favor universal background checks for ALL firearm sales.
• I do not recommend laws for concealed carry without proper firearm safety training and lawful licensing.
• I do not support a federal registry for gun owners.
Student loan providers must operate with transparency. In addition to transparency, I believe all student loans need to be subsidized when a student is attending college AND enrolled in 9 credit hours or more per semester. Upon graduation or after six months of not being enrolled in school, interest may then accrue at no more than 1.5% over the Federal Bank Rate.
I believe in public service loan forgiveness for the full cost of college for those with health-related degrees, provided upon graduation or completion of residency for doctors and nurses who enter into an agreement whereby they provide services in rural areas of the country.
*Additional degree fields would also be considered for loan forgiveness.
I support raising the minimum wage to $12.50 per hour by 2022, and $15.00 per hour by 2025. Based on an average of past federal minimums and crossed referenced with the rate of inflation over time, I feel this number best represents a base national minimum wage increase schedule. I would urge regions with a higher cost of living to work within their state legislatures to pass a wage befitting of their economies and industries.
America's most significant exports are Freedom and Equality.
Whatever makes up who you are either by race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or genetic information - all of that makes you beautiful, and I will fight to ensure you have equal protection under the law.
Elysabeth knows the value and importance of being connected and staying connected to people and the issues. That's why she's running for United States Senate. She has a vision, a focus, and the right motivation to bring Oklahomans and the nation together.
Elysabeth Britt - ready from day one.