Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
An Iraq War veteran who used the G.I. Bill to earn B.A. and M.A. degrees in Business Administration, Berringer views the Lt. Governor’s office as an underutilized asset that could be transformed into an energetic vehicle for policy innovation.
Berringer, age 35, joined the U.S. Army at age 18, two months after 9-11. She describes that choice as both an opportunity and a chance to give back. Berringer credits the G.I. Bill with helping her move up from her “working poor” childhood to her current job as an IT Project Manager for the Giant Eagle grocery/pharmacy chain. But the G.I. Bill is not the only government program Berringer points to as a factor in her mobility story. As one of 10 children in a working-class, mixed-race family, she also benefited from the Free Lunch Program, Head Start, and food stamps (SNAP). Berringer was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Congress in the very-red 16th district in 2012 and is the founder of American Nutritional Security, a nonprofit that links Americans’ access to healthy food to improved national security. She recently declined to seek endorsement from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette due to its editorial defense of President Trump’s “s…hole countries” comments.
She is married to political consultant Daren Berringer and lives in Murrysville with their three children, ages 11, 9 and 19 months.
A child’s illness prevents Berringer from attending the Haverford Democrats’ candidate forum on February 13.