"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born in Indianapolis and raised by loving Christian parents, with three sisters, Cat grew up attending public schools and working hard, even as a youngster.
"My family would be considered poor to middle class. My father worked long hard hours and was deacon at our church. My mother was a stay-at-home mom until we were all old enough to go to school. I knew we were poor because I was the beneficiary of hand-me-down clothes from my two elder sisters and my little girlfriend across the street. I worked chores in the house and yard so mother could go to work and then come home to cook the evening meal. My parents believed in family values and my father insisted we all sat down to dinner together every night and he would say grace."
The 70's and 80's brought devastating hardship to Cat's family. Working jobs since she was 17, she watched her father die and her mother struggle.
"I enlisted in the National Guard in 1980 to help pay the bills. I worked two jobs and the National Guard while putting myself through college on a part-time schedule."
Cat graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 with a degree in Business from Northwood University.
" I discovered, over time, that you can either let your circumstances define who you are ... or you can meet life's challenges and mold yourself into the person you want to be; I chose the latter."
Today, Cat Ping wants to serve as your voice on Capitol Hill. A voice that echoes your concerns. A voice that matters. A voice that cares.
Catherine (Cat) Ping
Enlisted Private E-1 1980
Commissioned OCS Graduate 1987
Retired 33 years of service 2013
Lieutenant Colonel, Signal Corps
Career Army Reserve Lt Col (Retired) 33 years
Two tours in Washington DC--Top Secret (TS)
Chief of Plans and Cyber Exercises for the Total Army (TS)
Chief of Staff for a high level Directorate (TS)
Military Instructor of: Strategic Warfare Tactics; Senior Staff Level Officer Training, and The Decision Making Process
Four years of Command
Small Business Owner of an IT Computer Technology Company
Assistant Professor of Military Science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
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