Owning My Power


Georgina Oyugi

Georgina Oyugi

Georgina Oyugi is a 14-year-old high school student and a Brand New Congress volunteer. She has a bold plan to go to law school and be ready to run for Congress in 10 years. She also has ambitions to become Governor of her home state of Texas.

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When I was a little bit younger I would always see my parents watch the news. I’d be in the background hearing and seeing everything going on, thinking, “What if I could be a representative? What if I could be the next governor of Texas? What if I could be the next president of the United States?

It wasn’t until I was 12 when I turned the “what ifs” into “I will.

I am tired of rich men and some Republicans and other politicians in power that don’t know how to do their jobs and forget the purpose why they are there. They’re supposed to be helping families, not hurting families. They’re supposed to be helping my generation and the generations behind us have a successful future; to get to live in peace without worrying if a next storm will knock down our house or if we will get clean water and if children will be able to play outside or not because of all the pollution in the air due to climate change or worry about the sea levels rising and animals dying and going extinct.

Our future and present are at risk because we aren’t caring and taking action on climate change. Climate change is here, it’s at our front doors. We need to open our eyes and look at all the storms that have happened, all the families whose houses have been knocked down. Let’s start caring NOW or else we will keep losing lives to something we can prevent.

 We need people in office that actually care about others, not just themselves or people that look like them or are in the top class. We need people that care about women’s rights, not trying to take away our rights and control us and call that “saving a child’s life” but then don’t even vote or support extending paid family leave or universal pre k and affordable child care or Medicare for all. We need people that care about the working class, poor and middle-class families, and keeping children in school safe without parents having to keep worrying about a school shooting because we are letting guns get into the wrong hands.

There are so many things we can do that will impact families in a good way, that will put money into the hands of families that need it, that will allow a parent to not have to choose between taking their child to the doctor when their child is sick or paying the bills. That shouldn’t even be an either-or; it should be both. We need to make college cheaper so everyone gets the opportunity they want. It frustrates me that people whose parents have money get to go to any college they want when some of us want to go to college and set ourselves up for success but don’t get the opportunity to.

I am tired of seeing the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. During the pandemic millions of people suffered and US billionaires’ fortunes increased by more than 1 trillion dollars. Some of these billionaires pay zero in a given year in federal income tax. And while these billionaires are getting away with not paying their fair share we have families who are struggling to put food on the table, struggling to pay rent, and struggling to pay medical bills.

There are so many things I know we can do which is why I am working hard in school so I can get the best education I can and go to college and law school. 

I am not doing this for myself I am doing this because I know one day I will get to help impact every family’s life. I know that I will get to show people in Congress how to do their job right. I know I will get to do something I enjoy and I get to prove to the people that doubted me because I’m either too dark or I’m not rich or I live in a tiny apartment or I’m a woman, these things don’t affect how my future will be they actually make me stronger. 

I start to speak up for myself but the moment I do people say I take things too seriously. I am ready to show people that I am not this shy, quiet girl. I have a voice and this voice, this girl whose parents come from Kenya, is going to be the next representative and governor of Texas. This girl has a name which is Georgina Oyugi.

Why is it that when I say I want to become something I am automatically judged? Why does someone have to say “Well Georgina, you need to worry about a backup job” or “She will probably change her mind.”

Well people only say you can’t do something or they will try to make your dream seem too big for you because they don’t have the mindset to do so.

Why will Georgina run in the future?

I knew I wanted to run for Congress because I couldn’t sit and wait for someone to make change. I knew that I could make change that will help people and will make tomorrow a better day for everyone — not for some but for every single person in this country.

All I dream about is Congress. I wake up and go to sleep thinking about Congress, I dream about what I can do to help make sure the working class and middle class families aren’t left behind, how I can lift childhood poverty, how I can make sure kids have an opportunity for success.

This is what is pushing me and motivating me in school. I, Georgina Oyugi, will be running for Congress in 2032 when I am done with university studying political science as a major and after law school.

I will make sure that by January 3 2033 that I will be sworn into Congress during the midterms and that there is no way I am backing out. I know 2032 is a long time away. It’s almost 10 years from now, so I will wait until my time comes.

But this country can’t wait for me. This country, this state (Texas) needs help NOW. So I will be working with Brand New Congress for any opportunity I can get to help and demand more that will help others. I will keep on educating myself so I can be the best politician our country needs.

Author Name:  Georgina Oyugi

Editor: Betty Obungu and Georgina Oyugi