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U.S. House – California 53

Janessa Goldbeck for Congress

Janessa Goldbeck for Congress

Janessa was born and raised in San Diego County and has built her career around creating a safer and more equitable world for all.

The daughter of a public school teacher and a tow truck driver, Janessa attended public schools, played sports, and wrote for her high school paper. She graduated from Northwestern University and moved to Washington, DC, to advocate for policies to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. In 2012, Janessa was recognized by Diplomatic Courier magazine as one of the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Professionals Under 33.”

When Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, Janessa - an out, queer woman - knew it was time for her to do something she always dreamed of: join the military and serve our country. She was trained as a Combat Engineer officer and deployed to Eastern Europe, leading troops alongside our NATO allies.

During her time in service, Janessa also served as a Uniformed Victim Advocate, providing essential support and care to Marines who had experienced sexual assault. She rose to the rank of Captain and was twice awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.