About Trudy Berry
I was born in Lansing, MI, and raised in Lansing, the small town of Dimondale, MI, and Los Angeles, CA. My late father, a Michigan native of Scots-Irish descent, and my mother, of Japanese ancestry, met when he was in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii. My mother was born and raised on Oahu and was eight years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Her father and brothers spent the war years in an internment camp in Arizona.
While studying at Holt Senior High School, in Holt, MI, I worked at a fast food restaurant and an office and school supply warehouse and was inducted into the National Honor Society and received the John & Elizabeth Whitely Business Award. After graduation, I joined the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and earned an Honor Graduate Certificate upon completion of the Administrative Specialist Course and then went on to complete the Legal Services Specialist Course. When my USAF enlistment ended, I accompanied my Air Force husband to the Philippines where I worked as a Civil Service employee at JUSMAG (Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group), in the USAF Legal Office at Clark Air Base, and for the State Department in the USAID Inspector General’s Office. Upon returning stateside to MD, I worked for a DOD Contractor in northern VA, but after a reduction in force I moved to VA, first to Williamsburg in 1990, then Yorktown in 1991, and finally settled in Green Bay in Lunenburg County in 1998.
During my time in the USAF, in the Philippines, and later in Virginia, I enrolled in college courses whenever and wherever I could. In 2001, I earned a BS in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminal Justice from Longwood University in Farmville, VA, graduating Magna cum Laude, receiving two Citizen Leader Awards and induction into three Honor Societies. In 2002, I earned a Certificate in Social Policy and Administration, also from Longwood University.
As a mother of five children, with one son currently serving in the U.S. Army who has deployed twice to Afghanistan, and a grandmother of thirteen, I have always tried to stay active in both family and community affairs. This has included volunteering at church, with the kids’ summer swim team, for a Little League team, and serving as a Cub Scout and Brownie Girl Scout Leader. I joined the Friends of the Victoria (VA) Public Library in 2011 and have served as Secretary since 2015 and also served as Secretary of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2018, stepping down from that role to concentrate on my campaign for Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. I am also an active member of the Lunenburg County Democratic Committee.
My service and justice oriented nature has guided me along life’s path. I wish to be of service to a wider community and have put that desire into action as a candidate for House District 61.
Use of military rank, titles, or photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.
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To right the wrongs.
To correct the injustices.
To legislate to protect our environment and our health, safety and security, and livelihood.
To help make the changes I want in my community.
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