Bios of the Democratic candidates

Biographies as provided by the Democratic candidates

Jennifer Christie

Jennifer is a scientist, mom of four young children, and has been a resident of the 5th district for over 20 years where she and her husband raise their children together.  She graduated from Purdue University with honors in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics and is an MBB in Six Sigma (i.e. statistical process improvement). She has worked as an Environmental Chemist, Educator, Grassroots Organizer, and Process Improvement Leader managing teams and projects all over the world.  Jennifer is an advocate for Environmental quality and justice having worked on issues including climate change, water quality, habitat preservation, and endangered species.  Jennifer also worked for over a decade in healthcare to improve processes for clinical trials.  She has served nonprofits and committees focusing on diversity, children’s needs, and the environment.  In addition, she started and managed a profitable business with several employees, coaching hundreds of women entrepreneurs.  After watching the lack of leadership on important issues such as climate change and healthcare, Jennifer decided to be the change.  When elected, she will fight for the People so that our policies, tax code, and laws work for us, leaving our children a healthy planet, a robust economy, and a just democracy.

Christina Hale

A lifelong Hoosier, Christina Hale understands the challenges that families in the 5th District face every day. She earned her degree at Purdue while raising her son as a single mom, balancing work and school with daycare runs and bedtime stories. She ensured Owen had health insurance, even when she couldn’t afford it for herself. Those were difficult times but led Christina to a career in service of others. As a nonprofit leader at Kiwanis International, Christina focused on community and economic development, putting politics aside to work on problems here in Indiana and around the world. She decided to first run for the State House when she saw that the needs of her community weren’t being addressed. Christina spent months knocking on doors and listening to the concerns of her neighbors. And she won. While serving in the Indiana General Assembly, Christina earned a reputation as someone who got good things done for people. Even as a member of a super-minority, she was able to pass more than 60 bills, every single one with bipartisan support. That’s why she’s running for Congress – to get things done for Hoosier families.

Andrew Jacobs

Andy Jacobs believes that public service is a calling—not a personal aspiration.  It was an important lesson learned growing up in Indianapolis Indiana where he attended North Central High School.  He studied history and computer science at Indiana University and went on to receive his legal education at The Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Andy works as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor where he sees the life-altering results of a flawed immigration system, social inequities, outdated economic policies and our broken healthcare system.  These experiences have influenced his decision to run for office. Andy believes we must bridge the paralyzing political divide in order to build our economy and improve communities. Andy has worked and volunteered for several political campaigns and he is an elected precinct committee chair in Marion County. Andy is 30 years old and a homeowner in Marion County where he lives with two dogs—George, an adopted pit terrier mix, a cat named Samantha and Homer, a Great Dane puppy. 

Dee Thornton

As a first-time candidate in 2018, Dee Thornton ran an impressive campaign as the Democratic nominee for Indiana’s 5th District, capturing nearly 44 percent of the vote. From her years as a student athlete earning her BS in Communication and Computer Science and an MBA, she developed strong critical thinking skills and applied them to the management of people, budgets, and projects. She navigated a successful 30-year career at Xerox Corporation as a business executive in management and leadership, during which she was responsible for managing and maintaining a $4 billion post-sale revenue stream in the Midwest. She is Lean Six Sigma certified. She has owned two small businesses and led an entrepreneurial business focused on software as a service. She currently serves on the City of Carmel Commission on Human Relations and on the board of Families First. Dee and her husband, Don, have lived in Carmel for 29 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. In today’s polarized government culture, Dee will bring a fresh perspective that values protecting our democracy. She will be guided by principled leadership, accountability and accessibility to constituents, and an advocate for family centered policies.