Dierdre “Dee” Thornton

For US House Representative, IN-5

Portrait of For US House Representative, IN-5

Position Sought

U.S. House of Representative, Indiana District 5

Date of Last Election

November 6, 2018

Date of Primary

June 2, 2020

Date of General Election

November 3, 2020


Higher Heights for America PAC was proud to endorse Dierdre “Dee” Thornton to represent Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.  Dee will bring her resilience, grit and ability to solve problems to Congress.  A first time candidate in 2018, Thornton ran a formidable congressional campaign to represent the district and came within eight points of defeating the three term incumbent. In 2020, Thornton hopes to finish the work she started to represent the people of Indiana’s 5th  district.  “Everyday people should govern everyday people” – Dee Thornton

Thornton currently serves on the Carmel, Ind. mayor’s human relations commission, where she works to bridge the gap between diverse communities in Carmel. She has worked collaboratively with the police department to organize listening sessions with diverse communities, and she also serves on the board of directors of Families First.

A mother of three successful adults, Thornton and her husband raised their family in Carmel, where they have lived for 26 years. Thornton worked for 30 years with Xerox and retired early from the company as an executive and consultant.  She is a Lean Six Sigma certified consultant and has owned two small businesses. In her youth, Thornton earned a scholarship to play at the University of Louisville and was the beneficiary of Title IX. She successfully balanced being a student athlete and earning a B.S. degree. Thornton is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Xi Chapter and speaks to high school students about the skills they will need to transition to the workforce, the military or pursuits in higher education.

If elected, Thornton will be a strong advocate for public education, common sense gun reform, a humane and sensible approach to immigration, addressing climate change and using effective ethics policies.

History shows that when Black women gain political power, we champion policies that benefit multiple communities.  Higher Heights for America PAC strongly encouraged its members to support Thornton’s campaign with their time, talent and resources.

To learn more about her campaign visit: http://www.deethorntonforcongress.com/