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A Product of the American Dream

I arrived in Baltimore City as a refugee from Soviet-Ukraine with my single mother and elderly grandparents. We didn't speak English, lived in low-income housing, and survived on food stamps. I remember my first day of public school, watching my fellow classmates recite the Pledge of Allegiance and not understanding a single word but deep down I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. 


My mother played the role of both parents while working as a seamstress to make ends meet and attending community college in the evenings to learn English. Life was not easy, but I learned from an early age the meaning of perseverance and hard work. 


At the age of 14, I started working at a local bagel shop, and I've worked ever since. I understood that because of my mother's sacrifices, I had the opportunity to make something of myself. I would not let those sacrifices be in vain.



about Karina Lipsman

As soon as I turned 18, I applied to be an American citizen. At my citizenship ceremony, I recited the most meaningful Pledge of Allegiance of my life, and I knew in that moment just how fortunate I was to be given this opportunity that most people around the world can only dream of. 

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American, by Choice

I completed my studies in three years with a Bachelor's degree in Economics while working full-time in the financial industry. After graduation, I joined the world of national defense and earned a Master's degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Following a 14 year career in the defense and intelligence communities, I decided to resign and run for Congress, because it's time for new leadership and a modern vision.

Academically and Professionally Accomplished

Why I'm Running

As an immigrant from an oppressive regime, I don't take the freedoms in this nation for granted. I am running for Congress to set an example. An example of proudly serving my country, representing my neighbors and fellow Virginians, and leaving a better future for the next generation. Today's politicians are out of touch, and entrenched in the system. Virginia’s 8th District needs someone willing to collaborate, work across the aisle with a new vision for the future, and work to change the toxic climate that has become so common. 

As your Congresswoman, I will prioritize introducing common-sense solutions and working across the aisle for VA-08 rather than engage in partisan politics. I will advocate for sensible policies that fight crime, reduce inflation, ease transportation and improve our educational standards.

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Common Sense Solutions Before Partisan Politics

Our enemies know that we are weaker when we are divided. Divisive politics are poisonous, and we must work together to overcome the gridlock on our country's critical issues. Unfortunately, there are loud extremists on both sides, who benefit from dividing our country, and we cannot let that happen. I will work tirelessly to bring civility back into politics and our communities.

We will not make progress as a country if we immediately dismiss ideas simply because they come from the other side. We cannot demonize our fellow citizens simply because they have a different view. Instead, I will prioritize the interests of my district and my country and fight to deliver bipartisan solutions that improve the lives of my constituents.



Come join Karina's team for a better tomorrow. 

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