Sarah Scanlon began her political activism as a child growing up in Arkansas. She comes from a family that has long been involved in southern politics: her grandfather started the political tradition by helping Lyndon Johnson become United State Senator from the state of Texas, and her mother ran for the Arkansas State Legislature in the 1970s, campaigning for the equality of women.
In the late 1980s, Sarah moved to the Pacific Northwest. After working various jobs, she returned to the world of politics and worked on various legislative and initiative campaigns.
In 1997, Sarah accepted a position with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as a lobbyist, helping to secure raises for home care workers and fighting for increases in the minimum wage and workers’ safety. After serving as a lobbyist for SEIU, she went to work for the International Union as a political organizer, and worked on campaigns Washington, Illinois, Oregon, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Iowa.
Sarah has been part of the Wellstone Action training team since 2008. She, along with her wife and young daughter, resides in Arkansas when not on the road agitating for progressive change.