Cora Neumann is a rural health and economic development leader with a track record of delivering results for underserved and rural communities, improving access to health care, and protecting our public lands. She’s running for Congress to make sure Montanans have access to good jobs and wages; that our small businesses can succeed; and that families who’ve lived here for years or generations can afford to stay.
To get her education, Cora worked as a waitress, nanny, and construction worker – and still has student debt to this day. Over the past 25 years, Cora has founded and led multiple non-profit organizations that help create jobs, improve child nutrition and mental health services, boost maternal health, and protect our public lands. She has done this work in Montana and across the country and world – working with local leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike, to solve problems that families and workers are facing.
When COVID hit, Cora founded We Are Montana to get personal protective equipment, life-saving information, financial aid, and vaccines out to Montanans so our economy could re-open as quickly and safely as possible. She worked with small business owners to help them keep the lights on, raised money to support rural county commissioners and health workers, and centered her work on delivering tangible results to rural counties.
Since 2015, Neumann has been working across Montana and the Rocky Mountain West to fight for the protection of public lands. As part of that effort, she collaborated with Indigenous communities, farmers and ranchers, and the conservation community to fight back against Washington’s attempt to cut protections for public lands – recently celebrating the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument.
We deserve a leader who understands what Montanans are experiencing and can meet this moment. Someone whose Montana roots and experience delivering for rural communities gives them the backbone to stand up to Washington and protect the Montana we love. And someone who will make sure Montana continues to be a place where our children can grow and thrive. Cora is that leader.
Cora Neumann was raised in Bozeman by her mom, a homemaker, and her step-father, a union carpenter. She and her husband are raising their two teenage children there, surrounded by four generations of family.
In Montana, even in the face of adversity, we step up and we get things done. I have a record of delivering for families in underserved and rural communities – especially protecting access to health care and our public lands. Over the past two years, I’ve done everything possible to get our state open again safely so we could get back to work. I worked tirelessly to get families the resources they needed, and that’s exactly what I’ll continue to do as your next representative.
Over the past two years, Montanans have lost jobs and livelihoods, and they’ve lost loved ones far too young – and I can relate. I lost my father in a lumber mill accident when I was a baby, and later watched my step-dad drive hours across Montana just to find good work that could support our family. But we are also resilient, and we won’t let anyone take away the Montana that we love. We need a representative in Congress who knows what workers and families here go through, and will fight to make sure we have good jobs and wages, that small businesses can succeed, and that families who have been here for generations can afford to stay.
I’m running for Congress because too many politicians in Washington are more interested in partisan fights than getting results for families here. This new district provides a special and exciting opportunity to give Montana workers, small businesses and families a voice we so desperately need in Congress. I want to ensure that Montana is a place that all of our children can grow and thrive and that we have an independent leader in Congress.