Today, Joe Kent made the following statement: 

“A majority of American adults do not have a traditional four-year college degree. 

Yet too many government jobs disqualify someone without a bachelor’s degree for no apparent reason. Why is someone who spent four years studying poetry better qualified for an entry-level government job than someone who spent those four years working sixty hours a week working their way up to supervisor in a factory? 

The first rungs on the ladder to positions of power in our government are shut off to most Americans. These Americans decided either by choice or family circumstances to take a route other than going to college. This contributes to the severe social and cultural disconnect between the policymakers in D.C. and the people they are responsible for serving. 

When elected, I will introduce legislation that will require every government job listing to only require a college degree if it is technically necessary. For example, mathematics, engineering, geology, etc., and consider alternative workforce experience wherever applicable. 

Further, I will set aside at least one-third of the jobs on my congressional staff for those who do not have a traditional educational background, and one-third for those from the district. And I will advocate for my fellow representatives in Congress to do the same. 

This is a small step but a step nonetheless towards changing the culture of our federal government and making the people that govern our country better resemble the culture and experiences of the people they serve.”

Joe Kent is available for interviews. If interested, please email Byron Sanford at or contact him via cell at 360.210.6943.