Her Campus: Sabrina Bousbar is Running to Represent Her Hometown District — & Flip It Blue

Sabrina Bousbar, 27, is hoping to be the voice of Florida’s 13th Congressional District, a place she’s called home all her life.

Born and raised in Pinellas County, Florida, Bousbar is the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the United States nearly 35 years ago as international students — her dad from Morocco and her mom from Colombia — and eventually settled in Pinellas, drawn by the beautiful beaches and local community. 

“Being the daughter of immigrants, my parents really taught me the importance of showing up for your community,” Bousbar tells Her Campus in an exclusive interview. “I was super involved [growing up], and it made me realize that public service matters and the government should work for the people.” 

Bousbar began volunteering in her community from an early age. She started at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, inspired by her love for marine life and the environment. Later, she visited nursing homes, playing the flute and talking to the elders of the community. She also helped deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need. 

She went on to attend Florida State University, where she earned a degree in political science and international affairs in 2019. She continued her studies at Georgetown University, gaining her master’s degree in emergency management and natural disasters in August 2023. Since then, Bousbar has dedicated her career to politics. She worked as an organizer on the Biden-Harris campaign in 2019 and 2020, and then went on to work in the administration, including the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she tackled challenges ranging from Covid-19 response to managing relief efforts for natural disasters and mass shootings on the national level. 

“I saw the impacts of politics and how when you put good people in office, they can do good things for people,” Bousbar says about her experiences. 

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