Initially famous mainly because the winner from the 2003 Miss America pageant, she continued to pursue careers in law and politics, entering the 2014 Republican primary for an Illinois 13th district seat in america Congress. Before securing the Miss Illinois and Miss America game titles, she finished her bachelor’s level in political technology at the College or university of Illinois. She later on gained a J.D. from Harvard College or university and worked well for Chicago’s Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella lawyers. Her standard Miss America competition “system” was preventing bullying. Created to a family group of maternal African-American and Native-American history and paternal EUROPEAN and Greek descent, she spent her years as a child in Urbana, Illinois. She was defeated by Rodney Davis in the 2014 Illinois Republican congressional major.