When Christina Hagen was just 22 and suffocating in student loan debt, she ran for political office as an outsider, in every sense of the word, and became the youngest female to ever be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. During her unique time legislating — being a young wife, mother, and still waiting tables to alleviate that aforementioned debt — Hagan said she witnessed a cultural and public policy "decay" coupled with a serious lack of "people willing to stand up on the tough issues," and felt called to do more.
In April, the gun-toting, fiercely pro-life, 28-year-old Republican announced her bid for Ohio's 16th congressional seat.
Hagan is currently leading in the polls and on an upward trajectory. On Tuesday, the millennial landed a big endorsement from Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former deputy assistant in the Trump White House and a national security expert.
First backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary, Hagan became a prime backer of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election after she met him face-to-face, and remains an unapologetic supporter of the president.
Hagan made waves at a recent women's event for Fortune where she was confronted by a feminist about her support for the president:
Hagan describes her politics as conservative, populist, and anti-establishment. She supports de-funding Planned Parenthood, reigning in our national debt by cutting spending, and reforming immigration as the three most vital issues currently facing our nation.
Once describing herself as "Planned Parenthood's worst nightmare," Hagan told The Daily Wire she's not only fighting for the unborn, but for the mothers targeted and often physically and emotionally harmed at the hands of the lucrative industry. At minimum, Hagan wants to see abortion mill Planned Parenthood stripped of its taxpayer funding.
In 2016, the Ohio rep. cosponsored the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would have stopped the murder of unborn babies with detectable heartbeats had it not been vetoed by Republican Governor John Kasich in December.
"Heartless, hypocritical, unbelievable," slammed Hagan, describing her feelings on the Ohio governor's move to veto.
"I don't know how you can in good conscience refuse to protect children you know have a beating heart; you're willing to veto that legislation, putting 20,000 children in Ohio to a death penalty because you're unwilling to sign a piece of paper that was sent to you by two chambers — two chambers of legislators which were sent to be representatives of the state," she added.
Additionally, the young representative has been echoing the populist anti-establishment cries which consumed the 2016 election, advocating for Washington to "drain the swamp."
"Draining the swamp means that representatives are responsible to their districts and not to special interests," she said. "They are to be responsible to the middle class that they've left behind while working to appease those special interests."
Recalling her own experience at the state level with specials interests, Hagan lamented, "We're dealing with a government that pretends to be for us but, really, as soon as special interest calls with a big enough checkbook, they're going to re-route anything that had any hope of progress, and we have to expose that and bring truth to it."
Hagan is also adamant that the border must be secured for both economic and national security reasons, stressing that the influx of foreign workers is hurting the middle class and that additional border enforcement officers are necessary for safety of both the American people and innocent foreigners used and exploited by bad actors.
She's also fiercely pro-Second Amendment. In Hagan's view, there need not be more regulations on law abiding citizens. "We should actually enforce the laws we already have on the books," she suggested. "I have, in the state of Ohio, worked to restore Constitutional protections to law abiding citizens. This right should be protected," she added.
When asked about her future plans, Hagan responded: "I'm almost always asked that," she said, "and the answer is always the same: God has put this on my heart for this time and I feel like I can be a really helpful voice in Congress. I don't know what the future holds, but, surely, God will unfold that for me. I'm going to be a representative; I'm going to fight as a representative every single day until there is a clear direction that I need to be doing something else, but this is what I've always known I was supposed to do. I can't say what the future holds, but I'm more than happy to serve in any way God will use me."