Corry Westbrook for United States Congress District FL-8

Hi, I am Corry Westbrook and for over a decade I have worked to protect Florida's greatest treasure and most important economic driver: its environment. Now, I am running for Congress because it’s time we had a representative who cares about solutions for Florida families, not about rhetoric. I am running to improve the lives of the people of the 8th district and to ensure that every Floridian has a voice at the table.

 

I spent most of my youth in Florida, attending public schools and working in both the nonprofit and private sector. Growing-up in Florida made me committed to the issues so important to the families of the 8th district: creating jobs while protecting our environment and bringing common-sense solutions to stop the gridlock in Congress.

 

I will fight for a balanced budget plan that closes corporate tax loopholes while protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I will work to protect women's rights and to ensure that women’s concerns are no longer second-class issues in Congress. I will also fight to increase transparency on Capitol Hill and to stop special interests from buying politicians and votes at the expense of the middle class.

Meet The Candidate

Corry Westbrook was raised in Orlando, Florida where she established her hard-working middle class value system and found her appreciation for nature and the environment.  She’s taken those values to Washington, D.C., working to ensure the planet our children inherit is as good or better than the one we were given.  She has worked with a wide variety of people with different world and political views to collaborate and deliver results that matter.

Corry Westbrook has spent most of her career in Washington, D.C. working to make the air cleaner, the water safer, and protecting our native wildlife.  She has done this as a public servant, working grassroots throughout the south, and in the halls of Congress.  Along the way she has learned to work well with individuals of varying positions and approaches.

Corry Westbrook joined Oceana, the largest conservation organization in the world dedicated entirely to protecting the oceans, in August 2011.  As Federal Policy Director, she creates and manages federal policy and legislation for Oceana. Many of the issues she works on are very important to the 8th district: fisheries management, stopping harmful new oil and gas leasing, mitigating ocean acidification, increasing clean, renewable energy off shore, eliminating foreign government subsidies for commercial fishing, and protecting endangered wildlife. Corry works with members of Congress, Administration officials, fishermen, the conservation community, activists, and other stakeholders to move legislation and policies forward to protect our oceans.

Before joining Oceana, Corry served as Legislative Director for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), where she worked with sportsmen, federal and state agencies and other partners to save wildlife across America and in iconic places like the Florida Everglades National Park. She also worked on energy and Clean Water Act campaigns and to increase funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System nationwide, including the four in the 8th district.

Corry was a contributing author to the book Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species, and served as NWF’s liaison with the Department of Defense.  In 2005, she wrote a report entitled “Under Siege:  Invasive Species on Military Bases” which explains how invasive species impede military training and readiness and was used as a resource guide for training new military installation natural resource managers.

Prior to joining NWF, Corry was a Regional Grassroots Coordinator for the National Audubon Society, managing an eight-state region that included Florida. Before moving into the nonprofit sector, she worked as a public servant, both at the Environmental Protection Agency as a Policy Analyst, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean.

Corry holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Biology, from Florida International University and a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from the George Washington University.

Corry grew up in Orlando and attended public schools, including Winter Park High School and Valencia Community College.  She moved to Vero Beach in 1995 and has traveled back and forth between Vero Beach and Washington, D.C. ever since.  In 1996, Corry had the opportunity to run with the Olympic Torch in Indian River County when she was selected as a “community hero.”

Corry has run 13 marathons in various cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, Edinburgh and Prague. Corry has traveled to all seven continents and visited all 50 states. She loves adventures and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and hiked the Inca Trail in Peru.

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1127 21st Street

Vero Beach, FL 32960

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