The ‘Sweet Warrior’

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DiAnna Brannan doesn’t take a salary. But she is one of the most effective pro-family lobbyists in Washington state

 

In 2008, DiAnna Brannan was hit by a drunk driver and suffered severe brain trauma. Doctors told the homeschooling mother and volunteer family-issues lobbyist she would have to take three years off just to heal.

“I cried for three days,” Brannan says. But she and her husband, Scott, had no peace about putting their work at the Washington state Capitol on hold for even a month, let alone three years. “We felt like God said He’d called us to this and He had not told me to take three years off.”

Within a few days of the accident, she got a call from the chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee saying she had a bill that, among other things, would gut Washington’s homeschooling law. Brannan’s tireless but gentle efforts over the years had built relationships with many liberals in the Capitol, and the chairwoman was one.

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