Woodbridge native, math prof brings policy passion to Congress

WOODBRIDGE — Courtney Gibbons’ passion for policy sprouted from a vegetable. 

Gibbons, a Woodbridge native and Hamilton College math professor in New York, said she wrote her first policy suggestion in a fiery letter to then-President George H.W. Bush after he publicly stated his distaste for broccoli.

“I was mad for weeks,” Gibbons, then a fourth-grader at Beecher Road School, recalled Tuesday. “You’re the leader of the free world, you can’t be going around telling people you don’t like broccoli. People look up to you.”

With the help of a teacher, Gibbons said, the self-described “broccoli fanatic” crafted her first policy proposal by encouraging the president to take an alternative approach to eating broccoli.

“I like broccoli when my mom melts some cheese on it — you might like it that way, too,” Gibbons wrote in her letter to the White House, which eventually responded with a letter of acknowledgement. 

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