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Latest updates from the campaign:

  • Jenna Marie Bourgeois becomes the 2nd trans person to declare her exploratory committee for US Congress.  Jenna Marie will be running in MO's 4th Congressional District.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00 AM

PWC Healthcare CEO Survey Affirms My Healthcare Plan


Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:07 PM

Press Release Ally Steinfeld Hate Crime


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:41 AM

Press Release: Ally Steinfeld Murder

 


Monday, September 25, 2017 11:32 AM

Jenna Marie Becomes America's First Transgender Republican Candidate for US Congress


Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:49 PM

Op Ed: Public Health Policy and Predictive Medicine


Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:33 AM

Jenna Marie Introduces Integrated Healthcare System


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:07 PM

Jenna Marie Becomes A Republican

Historically, my stances have been very middle of the road between the two parties.  However, ever since I declared myself as a Democratic candidate, I have been constantly attacked and threatened by people in the Democratic Party.  Furthermore, it was very tiring to try and explain basic business concepts to them nearly every single day.  Therefore, I have switched to the Republican party which is more in line with my professional background and education level.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 AM

News Roundup


Saturday, September 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Another Democrat seeking to replace Hartzler in 4th District


Friday, September 8, 2017 9:42 AM

Individually Endorse My Campaign Here


Friday, September 8, 2017 9:30 AM

Transgender Candidate Files Against Hartzler


Friday, September 8, 2017 9:15 AM

Jenna Marie Transgender News Article


Friday, September 8, 2017 9:11 AM

Jenna Marie's Wikipedia Page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenna_Marie_Bourgeois 


Friday, September 8, 2017 8:53 AM

Jenna Marie speaks before Our Revolution

Jenna Marie debuted more details about her platform before the Our Revolution organization in Columbia, MO.  Continue reading for the full text of the speech.


Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Exclusive Interview: Millennial Politics


Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Transgender Woman Enters 4th Congressional District Race (Columbia Tribune)


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:41 AM

Open Letter to Governor Greitens - Marcellus Williams

 


Monday, August 21, 2017 4:35 PM

Formal Candidacy Announcement

Today, I formally announce my candidacy to become the next Congresswoman of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. My entire life, I have volunteered and advocated for working families, women, and transgender people. In 2002, I joined the Advisory Council of the Delta Center of Independent Living in St. Charles. Recognizing my commitment to disabled Missourians, Governor Bob Holden appointed me to the Statewide Independent Living Council. Some of you may also know me as the founder and President of the Young Democrats of St. Charles County or you may recall that I was a staffer for House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt during the 2004 Presidential Election. Since then, I have travelled the world as a successful CEO of a global technology company that operates in the US and Canada. My candidacy is targeting to reduce or eliminate social and economic injustices.

Every day Missourians face economic and social injustice because the game is stacked against them resulting in widespread rural poverty. On average 25% of children living in rural Missouri are in poverty and in some cases the rate is as high as 40%. It is an injustice that Republicans are owned by corporate agribusiness and ignore their constituents. Missourians demand more from their representation and they deserve more. As part of my New Deal for Rural Missouri, I will help solve rural poverty through a series of programs designed to help rural Missourians own sustainable startup farms upon which they can build a future achieving the American Dream. For those who choose information technology, I have created a series of programs that will help rural communities upgrade telecommunications infrastructure and to build innovation centers.

Every day Missourians face the injustice of choosing food for their table or paying for rising healthcare premiums and very few of these policies include adequate prescription drug coverage. Missourians have a right to healthcare and my single payer healthcare program will reduce health premiums for working families by $5000 per year.

Every day Missourians face the injustice of working for low wages barely scraping by and in some cases working multiple jobs just to pay the rent, while the corporate fat cats vacation on yachts and golf courses. I will vote to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. and vote against any attempt by the republicans to pass a federal Right to Work law. As a child of a union family, I believe it is an injustice that republican owned businesses attempt to skirt prevailing wages.

Somewhere in Missouri, there is a gay, lesbian, or transgender child staring in the mirror questioning their personal identity. Maybe they are lucky and have supportive parents or maybe they are not so lucky and will become estranged from their family and bullied by their peers. I believe that it is a social injustice that our society discriminates, bullies, harasses, isolates, shuns or attempts to convert a child over something that is biological. As Missouri’s first transgender Congressional candidate, I can assure you that we are not mentally ill. We are not confused. We are not an abomination. We are biologically different. We are Americans and we are humans. I will fight with everything last bit of energy for LGBTQ Americans so that they can live in a society free from discrimination.

I hope that you will join me in fighting these injustices.
Sincerely,

Jenna Marie Bourgeois
Democratic Candidate
Missouri’s 4th Congressional District


Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:50 AM

Jenna Marie's Plea for Peace

To say that we have made no progress is to deny our truth.
To say that we turn away from peace is to deny our truth
To say that our silence condones
is to deny our truth
Somewhere in Missouri, a child overhears their parent
Talking about how we must take up arms
Silently, the child observes, memorizes, and later mimics the parent's behavior
There is a call from school
A teacher explaining why
A child denying and oppressing another
Where did you learn this the parent says?
The child remains silent
Did I not raise you right?
The child remains silent
Apologizing, the parent assures the teacher that the child will be punished when they get home
By remaining silent is the child condoning the behavior of the parent?
When we choose to advocate for violence
When we choose to ignore the oppressed in favor of our own ego
We deny our truth
We have fought too many wars to lose our sight
We have fought too many wars to not hear the silence
We have fought too many wars
to savor the taste of the fog
Don't be afraid to fight for your rights
Only the bravest of men and the bravest of women
Can leverage the power of peace, love, and compassion

-- Jenna Marie Bourgeois Congressional Candidate, Missouri 4th District

Co-written by Dr. Martin Luther King's spirit


Sunday, August 6, 2017 10:33 PM

Trans Rights Speech August 6 2017

Greetings my friends, members of the trans community and our allies. As an openly transgender American, I wish to speak to you about something very important. Tonight, Missourians have the opportunity. An opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of America and to the world that we will not tolerate hatred towards transgender Americans. We will not be called a mental illness. We will not be called an abomination. We will not be called confused. We are not some kind of sub-human. We will be called Americans, just like every other American. Trans rights are human rights. There will be no Missouri compromise.

Today, transgender Americans face the toughest battle for civil rights in modern history. People want to abuse us, stalk us, beat us, arrest us, rape us, and murder us as if we are somehow not entitled to the same human rights as everyone else. At times, the tunnel towards civil rights seems to have no light. At times, we question if there is a place for us at the table. My friends, I am here to ensure you that there is a place for us. Our place is in front. Through our uniqueness, love and compassion, we will lead this country. There will be no more hiding in the shadows. We are transgender and we are proud.
No one understands men and women better than us.

No one understands the gender bias in our society against women better than us. No one understands what it is like to overcome the hurdles that life throws at us. We are the toughest. We are the bravest. We are unique. We are different and we are beautiful. Let me assure you that these colors don’t run!

Somewhere in rural Missouri today, there is a child looking in a mirror and questioning their gender identity. This child could be lucky and have very supportive parents or they can find themselves being ridiculed, outcast and bullied. Unfortunately, many of you know this reality. We, the members of the broader LGBTQ community, must stand up for these children as well as ourselves and demand our civil rights.

My friends, there is no place in modern American society for denying a transgender American the right to serve in our military, to be employed, to be housed, to be a parent, or to have access to healthcare. Especially healthcare.
Some of our members and some of our cis allies, want to debate the numbers. How much it costs for surgeries and how much it impacts morale. We will not have this debate. We will not lower ourselves in this society and have others decide for us. Debating these topics gives control to the people who oppress us. We are tired of oppression and we are tired of waiting.

I confide in you today, my intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Congress of these United States in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. I believe you know the incumbent all too well. Her name reverberates evil, hate, and spite towards transgender Americans and to the broader LGBTQ community. This incumbent introduced:

--The Defense Bill Amendment to prevent the payment for the surgeries of transgender service members.

--The ban against transgender Americans openly serving in our military.

--A bill to remove all civil rights protections from transgender Americans overriding existing state laws

That incumbent’s name is Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a republican who proclaims to be just like Donald Trump.
Make no mistake and let it be clear that my campaign will be an enormous challenge. I will be fighting hate and injustice behind enemy lines and in its own backyard. That fight will not be without risk to my personal safety, but I have accepted this risk like many of our transgender service men and women to fight for the greater good.

A victory against Rep. Vicky Hartzler shall be a victory for all transgender Americans. A victory will demonstrate a mandate to the rest of America that we deserve our civil rights. A victory will ensure that we are legitimized by the first transgender American to serve in the US Congress.

Friends, join me in my campaign to win our civil rights.

Thank you.

I am Jenna Marie Bourgeois, Democratic Candidate for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:31 PM

Jenna Marie Convinces Primary Opponent to Change Her Platform

Since Jenna Marie announced her candidacy for Missouri's 4th Congressional District, her primary opponent Renee Hoegensen, updated her website to include components from Jenna Marie's platform.

"Mimicry is the best compliment.  I am glad to see her finally realize that transgender people are important,"  said Jenna Marie.  

The two candidates will be attending the candidates forum in Laclede County next appearing together for the first time on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017.

"I am certainly not a single issue candidate.  People in Missouri should be asking what exactly happened to leave the state with only two Democratic Congressmen from the Missouri Delegation.  I am no stranger to running against the odds and making a great impact.  In 2003, when O'Fallon Mayor Paul Renard used the threat of eminent domain to take homes away from seniors and sell the land to a private developer, I took action.  I joined other community members protesting in the streets.  We formed a committee and ultimately through my leadership and speaking ability, Mayor Renaud resigned and we filled the city council with our people during the next election," Jenna Marie continued.

The State of Missouri gets a fighter in Jenna Marie.  This is sure to be an exciting race!


Monday, July 31, 2017 9:40 PM

Jenna Marie Updates Education Platform

We added some new and exciting things to our education platform.  Check them out under Issues...


Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:53 PM

Veterans' Voice: MSgt A.M. Sophia (Retired)

"We're people, we're Americans and we love our country too," Retired Trans Veteran Anna Miranda Sophia, Master Sergeant, 43CSG, USAF


Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:32 PM

Hartzler Ignores Debate Request

After hearing about HR 2796 - Civil Rights Conformity Act for which Hartzler is a co-sponsor, Jenna Marie challenged Hartzler to an open public debate to be held at Saint Louis University where the entire public and media could attend.  Hartzler completely ignored the request.

"This bill is outrageous!  It's blatant discrimination against trans people's biological differences.  Vicki wants to treat us as sub-humans.  We are not sub-humans.  We are human beings and we are entitled to freedom, liberty, and equality just like everyone else.  The reality is that Hartzler is afraid to debate these issues out before the public because she knows very little about trans people," exclaimed Jenna Marie.


Saturday, July 29, 2017 3:26 AM

Transgender Woman Creates Exploratory Committee for MO's 4th Congressional District

Openly transgender woman, "Jenna Marie" Bourgeois an information technology executive and advocate for trans people and women declares her intent to explore the viability to represent Missouri's 4th Congressional District for the mid-term elections in 2018.


The Committee to Elect Jenna Marie Bourgeois

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