Meet Renee


Whether it was riding up steep hills on her bike as a girl or watching her Mom work long hours, Renee learned early in her life what it means to be brave and fight hard for what’s important.

For the last 14 years of her career, she took those lessons to the Tennessee Clean Water Network, where she fought powerful special interests and polluters, ensuring they gave relief back to the communities they damaged.

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My plan to modernize our education system.

By |August 13th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world, shifting students and teachers away from the classroom, and forcing us to adapt to a new normal – virtual learning. Congress attempted to ease this transition with the [...]

Voting needs to be safe, simple, & secure.

By |July 21st, 2020|

Voting should be simple. In 2016, Tennessee had the 2nd lowest voter turnout of any state in the nation. In 2014, it was even worse – we were ranked dead last. In the last decade, [...]

We still need the Equality Act.

By |June 18th, 2020|

June is Pride Month, and while we all can’t be together for parades and celebrations, this week was a historic week.  This week, we celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to forbid workplace discrimination of our [...]

My plan for the black community.

By |June 4th, 2020|

After years of being closed due to financial struggles, Knoxville College – and other HBCUs around the country – need additional financial resources in order to meet the needs of their community. The Black Poverty [...]

We need to lower prescription drug costs today.

By |May 14th, 2020|

It’s been one year since Congressman Tim Burchett voted against the bipartisan bill the “Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act.” (H.R. 987) That’s one more year of skyrocketing prescription drug costs for working people. In fact, [...]

A Note on COVID-19

By |March 21st, 2020|

With the outbreak of COVID-19, I wanted to update you on what my campaign has been doing in response to this crisis. Over a week ago, I announced that my campaign would be postponing all events -- [...]

The poll results are in

By |February 18th, 2020|

My campaign ran a poll of our district to better understand what issues are important to folks across East Tennessee and the results are in. It turns out -- everyone is angry. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents don't agree on [...]

Hoyos rejects corporate insurance money

By |February 10th, 2020|

Here's a sentence you don't hear a lot of candidates say: I just turned down money.  Last week, my campaign received a check from an insurance corporation, and you know what? We sent it right [...]

Our veterans deserve better

By |January 28th, 2020|

Earlier this month, my current representative, incumbent Congressman Tim Burchett, broke ranks with the rest of his Republican party. Incumbent Congressman Burchett was the only Congressman from Tennessee to vote no on HR 2398, which [...]

East Tennessee can be flipped

By |November 12th, 2019|

My district, the U.S. House of Representatives Second Congressional District in Tennessee, ranges from the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the coalfields near Kentucky. My district contains the cities of Knoxville, Maryville, [...]

I’m running for Congress

By |October 8th, 2019|

When I decided to run for Congress as a Democrat in Tennessee's Second Congressional District in 2018, I planned on working hard to earn the votes of people from all across my district. And I [...]

I’m not accepting a dime from corporations

By |September 30th, 2019|

I was employed at the Clean Water Network during the 2008 coal ash disaster at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Fossil Plant in Kingston, Tennessee. A pond storing coal ash collapsed, releasing 4.2 million cubic yards of [...]

I got cancer when I was 22

By |September 30th, 2019|

I was 22 when I was diagnosed with skin cancer. I didn't have insurance, and couldn't find affordable insurance anywhere. That was over 30 years ago, yet little has changed.  Close to 430,000 Tennesseans are without health [...]