Adrienne, a second generation Hispanic-American, was born and raised in Wyandotte County, KS. Her father, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Philippines during WWII, worked his entire life for the railroad. Her mother put raising her twelve children first while working full-time at a local bank.
Adrienne’s parents taught her that the American Dream was possible if you worked hard, played by the rules and had respect for others. They also taught her and her siblings to put God, family and community first. These values have carried with Adrienne throughout her life. Adrienne became the first child in her family to attend college. She has a degree in Public Administration from Washburn University. While working and raising her children, Adrienne went back to school and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.
Adrienne and her husband, Stephen, have always put family first. They raised five boys who are now ages 15 to 25. They are members of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Kansas City.
When the Shawnee Indian Mission was at risk of being closed and turned into a government building, Adrienne’s neighbor asked her to attend the meeting. When it was suggested that they take up a petition, Adrienne, dressed in sweats with her hair pulled back and a child on her hip, took to the microphone and outlined a plan to save the mission. Adrienne put the needs of her community first and led the fight to keep it open.
Adrienne’s fight to save the Mission led people to encourage her to run for public office. In 2005, she ran for and won a seat on Roeland Park Council. She would go on to become the first Hispanic female elected Mayor of a small town in 2009. During her time as Mayor, Adrienne always sought out ways to put the community first and get people involved. She encouraged citizens to attend council meetings and speak out. And she then sent notes to those who did.
In 2011, Adrienne was appointed by the Governor to serve as the Executive Director of the Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission. She worked to represent conservative values of faith, family and freedom to the Hispanic community of Kansas.
Adrienne was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as the Small Business Administration Region 7 Advocate. In this role, she focused on the needs of small business owners in the Third Congressional District. She found ways to help free them of burdensome regulations so they could be successful and grow.
Adrienne is running for Congress to put the needs of her children and their generation first. She wants her children’s generation to enjoy the same opportunities she had. An America that allows their quality of life to exceed hers. An America that allows them to live in health and freedom. An America where they can be all they were created to be. This starts with going to Washington to stop the socialist agenda that is putting their future and quality of life at risk.