Wall Street Exec Loeffler Leans on Farm-Girl Roots to Pitch Populist Candidacy

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.) greets supporters following a campaign event with Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Milton, Ga., December 21, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters)

She’s been a high-powered corporate executive, the co-owner of a professional sports team, and now is likely the wealthiest member of Congress. But Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler started her working life as a 10-year-old “walking beans” on her family’s Illinois farm.

When Loeffler was young, soybean farmers like her parents would hire young people in the summer to walk through the fields with hoes, hand-weeding acre upon acre.

Mechanization has since made walking beans a relic of the past, but back in the 1970s and 80s it was an important but grueling job that allowed farmers to cut back on chemical herbicides.


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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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