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State Senator Karen Carter Peterson Officially Launches Campaign for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District Seat

Peterson in campaign launch video: “Right now, we’re being tested like never before… Even before the virus, too many of us struggled to find good work and pay the bills… I’m ready to get in there and shake things up, but I can’t do it alone. I hope you’ll join me.”

New Orleans, LA –  Today, State Senator and former Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Karen Carter Peterson, officially launched her candidacy for United States Congress with a video that highlights her deep roots in Louisiana, her record of fighting for working people, and why she is running to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

Peterson made the following statement announcing the launch of her campaign:

“I’m running to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District because right now, we’re being tested like never before. COVID is killing too many of our people, taking our jobs, and hurting our businesses. Even before this virus, too many Louisianans struggled to find good work and pay the bills. Together, we can demand economic justice, racial justice, reproductive justice, and environmental justice. We can build an economy that works for all of us, reform the criminal justice system, expand access to health care, and act to solve the climate crisis.

“I’ve never been afraid to tackle these issues head-on and get results for working people. I have a record of bold, progressive leadership and I’ll bring that same courage and fight to Washington. I’m ready to shake things up, and I humbly ask for your support.”

Peterson’s campaign also launched digital advertising today, reaching out to voters across the 2nd Congressional District.

Watch Karen Carter Peterson’s Campaign Launch Video

About Karen Carter Peterson: 

Karen Carter Peterson is a native New Orleanian with a large family and deep roots in Louisiana. Growing up in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, Karen watched as her community worked, struggled, and overcame together. It’s where she saw her parents helping neighbors, making sure they had a voice, and where she learned that sometimes you just need to shake things up to get things done. 

After graduating from Howard University, Karen returned home to attend Tulane University Law School and begin her career in law and public service. As a leader in the state legislature, Karen established herself as a bold, progressive voice for working people. While serving in Baton Rouge, Karen fought to get communities the help they needed after Hurricane Katrina, led the charge to expand Medicaid in Louisiana while serving on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act Task Force, and stood up for reproductive freedom whenever those rights were threatened.

In 2017, Karen was elected Vice-Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation at the Democratic National Committee, where she fights to protect voting rights. Previously, Karen broke barriers while serving as Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party – the first woman ever elected to the post.

You can find out more about Karen Carter Peterson’s campaign at KarenCarterPeterson.comTwitterFacebook, and Instagram. For press availability, please contact

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