Lin Veasey
Lin Veasey
Candidate, U.S. House Alabama District 3
Early Life
I have lived in Jacksonville, Alabama, since 2001 when we moved to Alabama from Conway, Arkansas. Before moving to Conway to attend the University of Central Arkansas for college, I spent my formative years in rural Ohio. I could ride my bike from my County Road L home to the family farms of both my sets of grandparents. My days were filled with a beloved extended family, 10 years of 4H, a menagerie of animals, many books, and a different sport for each season. Regular chores, a great public school education, and odd jobs added the elements of responsibility and growing skill sets for life. My parents were employed in our small school district, my dad as a school administrator and mom as an elementary school teacher. I carry from my rural upbringing a sense of practicality, an appreciation of simple goodness, respect for hard work, a love of nature, and a sense of optimism for each new day.
Love of Country
Love of our country forms the basis of some of my earliest memories, including the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976. One of my first 4H speaking contests included a demonstration on the proper way to fold the American flag. I am the third of four children. All my siblings are military vets, along with my dad, who served in Korea, and my late father-in-law, who served in WWII.
Family Life
I have been married for 32 years, to Dr. Lawson Veasey. We moved to Jacksonville when he took over the Department Head position for Political Science and Public Administration at Jacksonville State University in 2001. I am a mother of six adult children. They have brought so much joy to my life, and I daily give thanks for the ways they each contribute to help make our world a better place. My stepdaughter is a nurse and business owner in Arkansas. Our five children all graduated from Jacksonville High School and have gone on to a variety of careers in health care, medical research, sales, and construction, with my youngest just finishing her second year at JSU.
Education and Work
Education and professional life for me have been intertwined with an enriching faith journey in the Presbyterian Church USA. My undergrad degree is in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas. I also have a Masters degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University. Since 2010, I have been a Commissioned Ruling Elder, also known as a lay pastor, for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsely (I love to share the story of this unusual name, so please ask!).
I have worked most extensively with two local churches, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville and Church of the Covenant in north Anniston. While my life has been formed with the gift of being immersed in Bible study and worship each week I am also grateful for the connections in mission and justice work the PCUSA and our presbytery. For over 150 years Presbyterian churches in our area have had a commitment to the care of vulnerable children and families through the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega. We are part of a forty year ministry of housing through Westminster Apartments in Anniston which is a partnership with HUD. More recently Alabama Presbyterians have been involved with environmental education with Living River, a retreat on the Cahaba, medical debt relief, canned food drives, and anti-racism work. This commitment and connection to the betterment of our neighborhoods informs and guides me each day.
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