Democratic candidate for United States Congress representing Texas District 3

A “Local” Kid

Lorie is a long-time resident of Collin County who attended Shepton High School and Plano Senior High. Lorie is proud to say that she is a “local kid who scooped ice cream at Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream, learned to drive at Sears at Collin Creek Mall, and taught Sunday School with her parents at Custer Road United Methodist Church.” Lorie and her family relocated to Plano after spending two exciting years in Jakarta, Indonesia where she attended 8th and 9th grades at Jakarta International School. Lorie says that living in a third world country, predominantly Muslim, and attending school with students from over 30 different countries, not only make her value and celebrate all people and perspectives, but inspired her to appreciate the opportunities we have in the United States and to work to make it a better country for all.

Lorie went on to graduate cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio. During her junior year of college, Lorie attended American University in Washington, DC as part of their special Washington Justice Semester program where she interned as an investigator with the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC. Lorie then earned her law degree at the George Washington University School of Law School in Washington, DC.

A Business Owner

In 2004, Lorie moved home to Plano to be closer to her mom after the loss of her amazing stepfather. Lorie decided to start her own law practice focused on Wills, trusts, end of life decisions, and probate. Lorie immediately got involved in local civic and business organizations, including the Plano Chamber of Commerce. She was also instrumental in starting the Young Professionals of Plano (YPP) and served as the YPP Professional Development Chair from 2007-2009. In 2007 – 2008, Lorie served on the Board of Directors for “The Classics”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing theater and arts for children.

A Business Owner

In 2004, Lorie moved home to Plano to be closer to her mom after the loss of her amazing stepfather. Lorie decided to start her own law practice focused on Wills, trusts, end of life decisions, and probate. Lorie immediately got involved in local civic and business organizations, including the Plano Chamber of Commerce. She was also instrumental in starting the Young Professionals of Plano (YPP) and served as the YPP Professional Development Chair from 2007-2009. In 2007 – 2008, Lorie served on the Board of Directors for “The Classics”, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing theater and arts for children.

A Leader & An Advocate

Lorie has dedicated her education and professional life to leadership and advocacy. Through her practice, she has assisted the LGBT community, the elderly, children with special needs, veterans, and everyone in between! Beyond her practice, Lorie has always sought to be a leader and advocate.

A Mother

In the summer of 2017, Lorie officially became a wife and mother to two adorable girls. They make their home in Plano where the kids proudly attend public school. Lorie and Kimberly live nearby their mothers, Lorie’s in McKinney and Kimberly’s in Plano, and make family and faith their number one priority.

A Mother

In the summer of 2017, Lorie officially became a wife and mother to two adorable girls. They make their home in Plano where the kids proudly attend public school. Lorie and Kimberly live nearby their mothers, Lorie’s in McKinney and Kimberly’s in Plano, and make family and faith their number one priority.

An Overview of

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITES

Lambda Legal Leadership Committee

Dallas, Texas

2014 – 2016

National President for the American Business Women’s Association

(ABWA)

2011 – 2014

Co-Chair of the DFW Human Rights Campaign

Steering Committee

2008

2016 – 2017

Board of Directors for Black Tie Dinner

Dallas, Texas

2013 – 2014

Board of Trustees for the SBMEF Foundation

Giving scholarships to women for education and career advancement.

2010

Chair of the North Texas GLBT

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Awards & Recognition

2016 – Selected as a rising star by Super Lawyers

2013 –Dallas Business Journal as a top Women in Business

2010 – Selected as a Top Ten Business Women in the Nation by ABWA

2010 – Chosen as Woman of the Year by OPEN Chapter of ABWA

2007 – Selected as the North Texas GLBT Chamber Business Person of the Year

Throughout Lorie's education she continually sought out opportunities to be an advocate. Here are some of her most exciting experiences:

Participated in The George Washington Law School Pro Bono Program, which recognizes law students for public service.  Lorie was awarded the Pro Bono certificate for involvement in a pro bono civil rights case.

Served as a judge on the Plano Independent School District’s scholarship selection committee in 1999-2000 for students who would not have otherwise been able to attend college.

In law school, Lorie volunteered as a Street Law Instructor, where she taught high school students in Washington, D.C. on the justice system and civil rights laws.

In 2000, Lorie participated in Big Brothers, Big Sister Program.

In 2000, Lorie assisted in a civil rights case for the ACLU in Texas.

Lorie was awarded two back to back McCleary Law Fellowships with the Human Rights Campaign during law school.

Lorie interned with People for the American Way during law school. As part of that internship, Lorie assisted in reviewing presidential judicial nomination and participated in and helped organized the Election Protection program.

In 1998, during her senior year at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, Lorie interned with Federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia. Incidentally, he is the judge that ruled in favor of marriage equality in Texas BEFORE the US Supreme Court and he is the same judge who recently blocked Texas’ sanctuary city ban.

In 1996, Lorie interned as an Investigator with the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC for criminal indigent defendants.

…and an Elvis Fan

No biography is complete without sharing that Lorie is the “biggest” Elvis fan who regularly makes pilgrimages up to Memphis for Elvis Week and even convinced Kimberly to get married at Graceland!