FL-13: Anna Paulina Luna (R)
Anna Paulina Luna was raised by a single mother in Southern California’s low-income neighborhoods. Her mother and father separated when she was very young. Her father suffered from severe drug addiction.
As a result, she and her mother were on their own. Her grandmother died of HIV/AIDS contracted from heroin use.
By age nine, she had experienced an armed robbery and survived. While she was on campus at one of the six high schools she attended, a fatal gang shooting occurred. Her young cousin was murdered while she was a teenager. And as a young adult, she was the victim of a home invasion.
Her way out was joining the military. While serving in the United States Air Force, she met her husband, Andy A Bronze Star recipient who earned a Purple Heart when enemy combatants shot him in Afghanistan.
Just as she was to begin medical school, Charlie Kirk reached out and asked her to join Turning Point U.S.A as the national director of Hispanic Engagement. Faced with a tough choice, Anna consulted with one of her mentors, a neurosurgeon, who counseled her that she would impact far more people’s lives for the better by shaping legislation than she could in an entire career as a physician. And so, she chose to begin her career as an advocate.
The biographical information above was sourced from the candidate’s campaign website.