The Issue Is Podcast: Former Rep. Katie Hill opens up about scandal, trauma, and more

At this time in 2019, Katie Hill was a rising star in the Democratic party.

Having just flipped California’s 25th district for the first time since 1993, Hill, at 32 years old, had assignments on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Oversight Committee. She had also been chosen, alongside Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse, to represent the 116th House Freshman class.

Then, in October, following the release of private photos, and the revelation she was having an affair with a campaign staffer, Hill announced her resignation.

In her new book She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, Hill writes about her experience in politics, as well as the plight, generally, of women who enter the political arena.

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Among other anecdotes in the book, Hill emotionally describes not one, but two instances in which she contemplated suicide.

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