I haven’t risen to this level of politics all on my own. Far from it. While my life experiences, schooling, and relationships all factored into where I am today, one person stands out in particular, in terms of how I decided to start down this path of public service.  ... I haven’t risen to this level of politics all on my own. Far from it. While my life experiences, schooling, and relationships all factored into where I am today, one person stands out in particular, in terms of how I decided to start down this path of public service.  ...