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Renee Hoyos
Renee Hoyos outside her home in Knoxville
Personal details
Born (1965-01-15) January 15, 1965 (age 54)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSan Francisco State University (BA)
University of California, Davis (MA, MS)
WebsiteCampaign website

Renee Victoria Hoyos is an environmental activist and politician from Knoxville, Tennessee. She has served as the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network(TCWN) since 2003, where she advocated against pollution of Tennessee's waterways and streams. Under her leadership, the TCWN became a leading nonprofit for protecting water resources in Tennessee and saw a dramatic increase the network's budget.[1][2] On August 2nd, 2018, Hoyos became the first female candidate in 40 years to be nominated by the Democratic Party for the House of Representatives seat representing Tennessee's second Congressional district.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Hoyos was born on January 15, 1965 to Jose Slores Hoyos and Victoria Marie Jennings. Her father is a first-generation American-born Mexican from East Los Angeles, and her mother's family is from Oklahoma. She grew up in Napa, California. Hoyos was unenthusiastic about attending college as a young woman, but was persuaded by her father to attend school. She studied theater at San Francisco State University, graduating in 1990. Later, she went on to earn two master's degrees in avian sciences and agriculture and management from the University of California, Davis. [5]

Tennessee Clean Water Network[edit | edit source]

Hoyos became the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network in 2003. At the network, which she describes as a "policing organization"[5] for protecting water resources, she directed programs involving litigation, permits, outreach, and environmental health.[6] Under Hoyos' leadership, the TCWN successfully sued the Knoxville Utilities Board(KUB) for persistent untreated sewage spillovers.[7] Hoyos described her involvement with the KUB case as a great learning experience, ultimately praising KUB's cleanup efforts. She described the KUB case as important to her personal growth as an environmentalist, since the case showed her "both sides of the issue"[1]. Hoyos has represented the network as leader and spokesperson in many cases since.

One notable case includes working with the City of Knoxville to use kudzu-eating goats at the Williams Creek Urban Forest in East Knoxville. [8][9] Hoyos described this case as a departure from the usual cases at the TCWN, but expressed an interest in making sure the East Knoxville park received "all the resources it can get".[1]

While executive director, Hoyos criticized second district Representative Jimmy Duncan for refusing to hold a town hall meeting to discuss a bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.[10] A response letter from Duncan's office described the proposed town hall as "shouting oppotunities for extremists, kooks and radicals", which Hoyos described as "woefully inadequate" and "unconscionable".[11] Hoyos continued to advocate for the EPA, noting the Agency's contributions to protecting water and air cleanliness, and specifically mentioning the benefit of the EPA's Energy Star Rating system program.[12] Hoyos has taken a leave of absence from the network to work full-time on her Congressional campaign.[13]

Awards and Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Hoyos has served in other nonprofit and community organizations, including as a founding board member[14] of Community Health Alliance, which ended coverage for enrollees in 2016.[15] She also was appointed as a Commissioner[16] and Chairwoman[17][18] for the Knoxville Transportation Authority.

In 2013, she received the Knox County Parks & Recreation Volunteer Award for Advocacy. [19]

Congressional Campaign (2018)[edit | edit source]

Hoyos is currently running for the US House of Representatives in Tennessee's Second District, after winning the Democratic primary election against opponents Joseph Schenkenfelder and Joshua Williams.[20] She is the first female Democratic candidate nominated since Margaret Francis ran against incumbent John J. Duncan in 1978.[4] She received several endorsements during the primary election, including from Indivisible[21] and the Knoxville News Sentinel.[13] She will face Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett in the general election.[22] Tennessee's second district has not had a Democratic representative since 1855.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Team Effort. "10 Women Who Make a Difference in Knoxville". knoxmercury. Knoxville Mercury. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. "Renee Victoria Hoyos". tcwn.org. Tennessee Clean Water Network. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. Lakin, Matt. "TN elections: Burchett, Hoyos to face off for 2nd District U.S. House seat". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Clerk of the House. "Election Statistics, 1920 to Present". history.house.gov. United States House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives. Archived from the original on 1978. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blackerby, Mike. "Sometimes father really does know best". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. "Renee Victoria Hoyos". tcwn.org. Tennessee Clean Water Network. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. "Reference News Release: U.S., Tennessee Announce Clean Water Act Agreement with Knoxville Utilities Board". epa.gov. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  8. WBIR Staff. "Who needs a weed eater? These goats will do the job!". wbir.com. WBIR-Knoxville. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  9. Shaw, Taylor. "They're baaaack! Kudzu-eating goats return to clean up Knoxville". wate.com. WATE 6 On Your Side. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. Gaetz, Matt. "H.R. 861 - To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency". congress.gov. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  11. Rachel Ohm; Travis Dorman. "U.S. Rep. Duncan rejects town hall requests, citing extremists". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. Hoyos, Renee. "Proposed EPA budget cuts threaten ability to shop for energy-efficient appliances, homes". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "News Sentinel Endorsement in Democratic Primary for 2nd Congressional District". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  14. "Organizational Examination of the Community Health Alliance Mutual Insurance Company" (PDF). Department of Commerce and Insurance, State of Tennessee. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  15. McGee, James. "Community Health Alliance ending coverage for 27K enrollees". tennessean.com. The Tennessean. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  16. Wright, Jacob. "Meeting Minutes, Dec. 21 2017". katbus.com. Knoxville Transportation Authority.
  17. "New KTA Chair Selected". constantcontact.com. Up to Speed: News from Knoxville Area Transit. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  18. Witt, Gerald. "Knoxville Transit Authority members upset over new marching orders". knoxnews.com. Knoville New Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  19. "County, City recognize outstanding community leaders at Volunteer Awards Ceremony". knoxcounty.org. Knox County, Tennessee. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  20. "Burchett 'humbled' by 2nd District House nod; Hoyos wins Dem nomination". wvlt.tv. WVLT8 Knoxville,TN. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  21. "Renee Hoyos". indivisible435.org. Indivisible 435. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  22. Peterson, Kristina. "Tim Burchett Wins Tennessee GOP House Primary". wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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