After graduating from Madison High School, needing to work her way through college, Renee trained as a Medical Assistant. For the next eight years, working full and part-time jobs, she attended Oakland University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
A year later, working as a Surgical Intensive Care Nurse at Beaumont Hospital she met her husband, Brent, a graduate of the University Of Indiana School Of Medicine.
After their son was born, while visiting family in Cary, Renee and her husband decided to move to North Carolina. She worked with her husband as Clinical Director of the Trinity Wound Care Center in Dunn.
Renee has been active in community affairs, having served as Vice President of Community Development for the Chamber of Commerce and as President Elect of the Chamber for the coming year. She has also served on the Dunn Planning Board, the board of the Betsy Johnson Hospital Foundation and the Harnett County Nursing Home Committee.
She volunteers at Cape Fear Christian Academy where her son, Ben, is a student, and teaches Sunday school at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In 2009, she and her husband attended a Town Hall meeting to hear her congressman speak on behalf of President Obama’s health care plan. Later, as a volunteer, she became an outspoken critic of government-run health care. Her involvement in the debate over health care led her to run for a seat in the United States Congress in 2010.
Congresswoman Ellmers proudly serves the Second District on the House Committees on Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Small Business, where she Chairs the Subcommittee on Health Care and Technology.
Just the other day when I was home in Dunn, a woman standing in the checkout line told me that she felt as though she had less money in her pocket.
Unemployment is the most important issue facing Americans today. Millions are out of work and those that have jobs are increasingly threatened with losing them. As with most things affecting whole segments of society, the first reaction is who's in charge, who deserves the blame?
Americans are fed up and disgusted with the way Washington has spent their money and caused this crisis. This crisis did not begin last week or even a few months ago.
As I spend time with constituents and small business owners during National Small Business Week, I'm dismayed to hear about the daunting challenge that lies ahead for many of these entrepreneurs who desperately want to hire more employees, but aren’t confident enough in the economy to do so.