Since 2008, Kesha has represented Burlington’s Old North End, Hill Section, and University District in the Vermont House of Representatives. She was elected at 22 and spent several years as the youngest legislator in the nation. She served on the House Ways & Means Committee, Housing & Military Affairs Committee, and Natural Resources & Energy Committee, where she was Vice Chair. In 2016, she left the legislature to run for Lieutenant Governor, but fell short in her bid.
Throughout her legislative career, Kesha has passionately championed expanded tax incentives for statewide economic growth, green job creation, paid family leave, expansion of early and higher education opportunities, affordable housing, and civil rights. She has spearheaded the expansion of assistance to first-time homebuyers, protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence, and ensuring Vermonters do not have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of a sick child. Through all of these initiatives, Kesha has focused her energy on building an economy that works for all of Vermont and creates pathways out of poverty.
When not serving in the legislature, Kesha has served as the Public Engagement Specialist for the City of Burlington Community and Economic Development Office, the legal director for Steps to End Domestic Violence, and a preschool teacher. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Whole Communities, Emerge Vermont, and the University of Vermont, and is a Truman Scholar and Oxfam “Sister on the Planet” Climate Change Ambassador.