My name is Carly Braun and I was born in Weirton, West Virginia, which is a place that most people have never heard of. I started my working career during high school when I was 15 years old. Along with the values that my parents instilled in me, having my own job and a paycheck that I earned every two weeks, really made me appreciate the value of a dollar!

After I graduated from high school, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while working two full time jobs. Then I began the journey to earn a Master’s degree in psychology. During that time, I was honored to become a federal law enforcement officer with the FBI.

I proudly served the FBI since 2015, first as an FBI police officer, where I was trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia and I then underwent training at Quantico, VA. During my time as a police officer, I put myself in harm’s way to protect the men and women who are employed with the FBI. We were required to qualify with our firearms and go through defensive tactics training every quarter to ensure preparedness for any situation. The years that I wore a badge, gave me invaluable knowledge on how fast simple situations can turn bad in a fraction of a second.

In 2019, I left the police unit and went to work in the Facial Recognition Unit and trained in biometric imaging and comparison, which allowed me to increase my knowledge to better serve the FBI. Six months ago, I was selected to be an analyst where it was my job to assist employees on their transfer from one office to another, or from one country to another.

I enjoyed my time at the FBI, but in August of 2021, the Biden Administration announced that they were going to impose strict COVID mandates on federal agencies and that goes against everything I stand for as a Constitutional American.

To make matters worse, one of our superiors told us on a conference call that if we did not OBEY, he would see to it that we were FIRED! We are dedicated professionals, so no one in our unit was happy about being threatened and demeaned – and it was at that moment when I made the decision to stand up against this and give my two week notice. Then, after speaking with my family, I decided to run for Congress here in West Virginia.

I am a Christian that holds conservative views and who loves the country that has given me the opportunity to be successful. The United States of America is the greatest country on earth and I am blessed that I was born in this wonderful country. Additionally, I am the wife to my husband of 5 years, Ryan, and a mom to my ten month old daughter.

I am a Mom On A Mission!

Hard work and gratitude are two things that have seemed to gone by the wayside. In the near future, I hope that hard work comes back into fashion. There is a saying I wish people would keep in mind, “it is hard to be hateful when you’re grateful”. I truly believe that statement.

If you wake up every morning and are thankful to be here, you will live a happy and successful life!