Congresswoman Kendra S. Horn represents Oklahoma's 5th District. That includes Oklahoma City, Edmond and Shawnee. Part of Oklahoma County falls within the district's boundaries, as well as all of Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.
The Congresswoman was born just south of the district, in Chickasha. She is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and fourth-generation Girl Scout. She attended Oklahoma schools all the way through college when she attended the University of Tulsa. She studied law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas.
She practiced as an attorney until she accepted a role as the press secretary to United States Congressman Brad Carson (OK-02). After her time on the Hill, Congresswoman Horn worked in the space and aeronautics industry. She managed government affairs for the nonprofit Space Foundation before taking over its communications and media relations division. That organization advocates for the global space community, advancing civic, commercial and national security space issues. She returned to Oklahoma and became the executive director of Sally’s List, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains and supports women who run for political office at the state and local level. Most recently, she founded Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonpartisan nonprofit that encourages women to participate in civic life.
Congresswoman Kendra Horn serves on two committees: the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
The powerful House Armed Services Committee is considered one of the least partisan in Congress. This committee oversees and works with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Its work includes general defense policy and oversight, military base acquisition, counter-drug initiatives and non-proliferation programs.
The Congresswoman serves on two armed services subcommittees. The Subcommittee on Readiness handles policy issues such as base family housing, civilian and contract workforce, military construction, training, logistics and maintenance. She is the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. It handles policy issues such as strategic and nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear safety, missile defense, and space.
The Science, Space and Technology Committee has broad powers, overseeing the science aspects of a dozen federal agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. Horn is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. That subcommittee handles national space policy, which now more than ever is multifaceted and far-reaching. It tackles who has access to space, from low-earth orbit to deep space. This policy field can cover commercial uses, such as tourism and communication infrastructure, but it can also include national security measures, international space cooperation and research. The Congresswoman is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy. This subcommittee also tackles a broad range. It can include commercial application of energy technology; nuclear, solar and renewable energy policy; Department of Energy waste management; pipeline research and development and energy standards.
Congresswoman Kendra Horn is a member of the following caucuses:
- The Blue Dog Coalition: A group of moderate Democrats dedicated to pursuing fiscally-responsible policies, ensuring a strong national defense for our country, and transcending party lines to get things done for the American people.
- The Native American Caucus: A group designed to act as a conduit between the leaders of sovereign nations and Congress and to ensure trusts and treaties are upheld.
- The Women's Caucus: A group comprising women working to cross party lines and advance issues important to women and their families.
- The New Democrat Coalition: A group of more than 100 forward-thinking Democrats in the House of Representatives who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies
- The TRiO Caucus: A bipartisan group of members who support TRiO programs, which serve students from middle school through post-graduate study across America and provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.
- Career and Technical Education Caucus: A bipartisan group that aims to educate and promote quality CTE programs and well-paying, family-sustaining jobs.
- House Impact Aid Coalition: A bipartisan coalition that advocates for school districts that are located on or near nontaxable federal property including military installations; Indian Trust, Treaty and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act lands; federal low-income housing facilities; and national parks, national laboratories and other federal property.
- Freshman Working Group on Addiction: A group of freshmen members who work with experts and stakeholders, make site visits to institutions focusing on research and treatment, and promote legislation to tackle the addiction epidemic
- Co-chair of the NASA Caucus: A bipartisan group working to strengthen awareness of NASA’s many connections to our national security and economic interests, provide a bipartisan forum to discuss the scientific and technological challenges to American flight and space exploration endeavors, and serve as a focal point for public and private sector air and space expertise that cover the full range of NASA’s initiatives.
- Co-chair of the Space Power Caucus: A bipartisan group working to educate on the important role space plays in national security.
- House Space Caucus