Pam Iovino: Tradition. Honor. Mission.
I was born in Southwest Pennsylvania, in the Whitehall suburb in Allegheny County. My family didn’t have a lot of money, but my parents never let me lose sight of the idea that if I got a good education, I could be anything I wanted to be. That notion was a driving force for me, as I graduated from Gettysburg College, completed Officer Candidate School with distinction, graduated from the Naval War College, and served 23 years in the United States Navy.
My service with the Navy included tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower Analyst, Program Manager, Anti-terrorism Intelligence Watch Officer, two tours as a Congressional Liaison Officer, four Commanding Officer assignments, and culminated in a promotion to Navy Captain.
I retired from the Navy in 2003 to serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As Assistant Secretary, I was the Department’s lead advocate on Capitol Hill for the nation’s 25 million veterans and their families, protecting and improving their benefits. Most recently I served as the Chief of Veterans Services for Allegheny County.
Today, the statement “you can be whatever you want to be” does not ring true for too many. I’m running for Congress because we need to restore the American Dream and the belief that you can achieve your goals, whatever they may be, through hard work and perseverance. We need institutions that work for the people, whether those institutions are good public schools that set our kids up for success, or a Congress that actually works for Americans and finds solutions to our problems. We need to send principled public servants to Congress, not political climbers or partisan extremists. I’m running to be that kind of leader for Southwest Pennsylvania.
I am ready to serve, again. Are you ready too?