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Higher Heights for America PAC

BROOKLYN (JULY 12, 2023) –Higher Heights for America PAC, a political action committee dedicated to electing more Black women to public office, has officially announced its endorsement of Amanda Edwards for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 18th Congressional District. 

The former Houston City Council member announced that she was suspending her campaign for mayor and instead running for congress. The current incumbent for the 18th Congressional District, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is now running for mayor, she has also been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC. 

Edwards has hit the ground running, exceeding her first fundraising deadline goal, raising over $600,000 in just 11 days after her announcement. 

“Higher Heights PAC proudly supports Amanda Edwards for U.S. Congress. As Congresswoman Jackson Lee seeks the office of Mayor of Houston, Amanda is the right choice at the right time to step into this role,” said Glynda C. Carr, President and CEO of Higher Heights PAC. “Her commitment to neighborhood service, her ability to solve complicated challenges, and her ability to effectively advocate for innovative policies are exactly what is needed in the United States Congress right now. When Amanda is sworn into office, we look forward to working hard to ensure that the nation sees how Black women continue to lead.” 

Edwards is a native Houstonian and a former At-Large City Council Member with a passion for empowering our community. Her hands-on, results-oriented servant leadership is focused on empowering residents and obtaining results with impact. 

After graduating from Emory, she worked for Congresswoman Jackson Lee in Washington, D.C., before earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Institute. Compelled by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Edwards relocated to New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Edwards served as a judicial law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle and founded Project NOW: The New Orleans Writing Project, which inspired New Orleans youth to empower themselves and their community through the power of writing. 

Edwards returned to Houston with a broadened perspective and interest in impacting her community. Edwards practiced law for years as a municipal finance lawyer, where she solved complex issues relating to tax-exempt bond financings, public-private partnerships, and non-profit organizations. 

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Higher Heights for America PAC is a political action committee providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies from the voting booth to elected office, and creating the environment for Black women to run, win and lead. For additional information, visit