While an undergraduate at Louisiana State University- Shreveport, Deanna was Vice President of Student Government, President and co-founder of College Republicans, a member of the Pi Kappa Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, wrote conservative editorials for the student newspaper, and was published in the student literary journal.
Deanna was also a nationally ranked member of the five- time National Championship LSUS Debate Team, winning several state and national championships. After receiving her BA in Speech Communications in 2011, Deanna stayed with the debate team as their Graduate Assistant while she took classes towards a Masters in History.
In 2010 and 2011 Deanna helped organize the “Constitution Revolution,” a political outreach event aimed at teaching high school and college students more about the Constitution of the United States, and the values our nation was founded on. Both years that she was involved, over 200 students were able to attend free of charge.
Deanna has been involved in many political campaigns, notably Bobby Jindal for Governor, Dr. John Fleming for Congress, the McCain-Palin presidential campaign, and was the Chairwoman of Louisiana Students for Rick Perry in 2012. She is currently working with the Women Speak Out PAC, exposing Mary Landrieu’s extreme pro-abortion record.
In 2008, at 18, Deanna was elected by the 4th Congressional District to represent them at the 2008 Louisiana State Republican Convention, and served on the Credentials Committee. At the State Convention she was elected by her fellow delegates to represent all of Louisiana as an alternate delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention. At the Convention Deanna was one of the youngest elected representatives and was interviewed by local, state, national and international news organizations.
Deanna has interned with the United States Senate in Washington under Senator David Vitter, and also in Congressman John Fleming’s Shreveport office. She also authors a political blog “One Girl Revolution” which has nearly 40,000 readers, and is a guest blogger with Live Action News.
In 2010, at only 19, Deanna launched her first political campaign by running for Shreveport City Council on a platform of fiscal responsibility and an open, accountable government. She finished 3rd in the race with a respectable 13% of the votes against two, much older male candidates.
Deanna has been given several honors for her political and pro-life work. In 2009, Deanna was chosen by the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women to be the Louisiana Nominee for the National Federation of Republican Women’s “Pathfinder” award in honor of Nancy Reagan. In 2011 and 2013, Deanna was chosen as an Eagle Forum Collegiate Scholar and was invited to speak to more than 200 of America’s most promising collegiate activists at the Heritage Foundation, where she shared the stage with Michelle Bachmann, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. In 2012 Deanna was accepted into The University of Notre Dame’s Vita Institute, an intensive training program for the top pro-life activists around the country. As a result of her leadership potential, Deanna was also chosen as a 2013 Wilberforce Leadership Fellow with Students for Life of America. In January, Deanna was awarded the Young Leader Award by the Susan B. Anthony List for her outstanding work within the Pro-Life movement, and this past summer Deanna fulfilled a life-long dream by being accepted into the Blackstone Legal Fellowship Program with Alliance Defending Freedom.
Deanna is currently in her final year of law school at LSU, where she founded LSU Law Advocates for Life. As a law student, Deanna has been a law clerk for the Hon. Toni Higginbotham with the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, a legal intern with Governor Bobby Jindal’s Executive Counsel, the research assistant for prominent pro-life attorney and author Clarke Forsyth, testified before both the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate regarding important pro-life bills, and been a legal intern with Americans United for Life in DC.
Deanna focuses on Constitutional Law, and has written extensively on pro-life legal issues. Her first legal publication, urging the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of Pain Capable Abortions bans, is being published in the forthcoming issue of the Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review. After graduation Deanna hopes to use her legal skills to defend the pre-born from the horrors of legal abortion.