At a Glance
- Career History:
Chief of Staff,
Rep. Betty Sutton
(D-Ohio) (December 2008 to January 2011); Counsel, Committee on Homeland Security (January 2007 to December 2008); Deputy Campaign Manager, Harold Ford Jr. for U.S. Senate (2006), Public Policy Adviser, Baker Donelson (2005 to 2006); Assistant National Field Director, John Kerry for President (Aug-November 2004), District Director, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., (2002-2004); Associate Attorney, Baker & Hostetler (2001-2002)
- Birthday: October 1, 1975
- Hometown: Lorain, Ohio
- Alma Mater: Eastern Michigan University, B.A. , cum laude(Spanish and political science) 1997; The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 2001
- Spouse: Fred Reynolds III
- Religion: Baptist
- DC Office: 1133 Longworth HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-2665
- District Office: 186 Field of Dreams DriveDemopolis, Ala. 36732Phone: (334) 287-0860908 Alabama Avenue, Federal Building, Suite 112Selma, Ala. 36701Phone: (334) 877-4414Two 20th Street North, Suite 1130Birmingham, Ala. 35203Phone: (205) 254-1960205 N. Washington Street, UWA Station 40 Webb Hall 236-237Livingston, Ala. 35470-2099Phone: (205) 652-58341118 Greensboro Avenue, Federal Building, Suite 336Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401Phone: (205) 752-5380
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Path To Power
Francis-Reynolds grew up in Lorain, Ohio. The daughter of an elementary school principal and an entrepreneur, and a granddaughter of a Baptist pastor, she was inspired to serve others from a young age. "People have always been the focal point of our lives," she said.
Internships on Capitol Hill
In college at Eastern Michigan University, one of her professors suggested that she funnel her passion for people into a career in politics. Francis-Reynolds tried it out with two Capitol Hill internships during college.
As chief of staff, Francis-Reynolds spends much of her time managing Rep. Terri Sewell's (D-Ala.) House office and developing Sewell's legislative platform, as well as acting as a sounding board and adviser to Sewell herself.
Francis-Reynolds devotes much of her time to developing policy as well as to staff needs. "A servant leader," was how Deputy Press Secretary Allison Abney described Francis-Reynolds.
On Capitol Hill, Francis-Reynolds has worked for Reps. Harold E. Ford, Jr. (D-Tenn.), Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.).
During college, Francis-Reynolds interned for then-minority leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and for then-Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Francis-Reynolds still keeps in touch with now-Sen. Brown and Rep. Ford and counts them as mentors.