Hi, my name is Victoria Pedigo. I am a Senior Biology and Psychology major at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. I am an aspiring lawyer, proud Republican, and now, a Republican Leadership Victoria 1440600847Initiative (RLI) Fellow.

When given the opportunity to really make a difference, we have two options: we can step up or sit on the sidelines. I decided  I didn’t want to be a spectator. I decided I wanted to be part of important change. That’s why when I got accepted to the RLI program; I knew I had to follow through. For me, that meant driving seven hours through the night from the mountainous heart of Southwest Virginia to reach Fairfax for the first class.

And, it was more than worth it. The Republican Leadership Initiative has empowered me to directly impact my community, make valuable connections, and build personal relationships with people working towards change.

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