US House
CD-2 (Democrat)

Top Issues

Immediate COVID-19 Relief
Economic Justice
Support of $15 Minimum Wage Healthcare
Gun Safety Reform
Criminal Justice Reform
Climate Change Legislation
Karen Carter Peterson
Born and raised in New Orleans, Karen Peterson has long understood the needs of Louisiana. Her father, Ken Peterson, was the first Black American to become a tax assessor in New Orleans, proving to Karen that there was no limit to what she could achieve. 

Karen has always remained committed to improving the lives of her community, even in the face of obstacles. When the government refused to aid disenfranchised communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Karen held state government officials accountable until they provided much-needed assistance to affected communities.

As a native Louisianan, Karen has seen firsthand the effects of COVID-19 on underserved communities. That is why she plans to provide full, comprehensive support in the form of direct aid to families and small businesses, extend unemployment benefits to thousands of Louisiana residents and ensure that families receive rental relief. 

As Americans across the country fight for a $15 minimum wage, Karen has also recognized the need for workers to be paid a livable wage. She has promised to fight for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, equal pay for all regardless of gender and to fight for an end to tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

In the wake of COVID-19, it has been made more apparent than ever that all Americans deserve quality healthcare regardless of income. Karen will push for legislation to provide Medicare for All and eliminate copays, deductibles and premiums. 

Under Karen’s leadership, Louisiana will become a more equitable, healthy environment for all.