Welcome to the American Moms blog! We are identical twin sisters, moms, political junkies, former White House and Capitol Hill staffers, food lovers, and devout to our faith. If you’re looking for tips on how to clean your house, organize toy rooms, or craft projects for your kids, this isn’t the place.
This little corner of the Internet is all about civics, civility and raising our kids to be big proponents of both.
We both, at different points in our adult lives, worked in Washington, D.C. One of us on Capitol Hill and the other in the White House. Since then, our jobs have shifted to being moms. But we like to use the skills and insights we learned from our days in our nation’s capital to help make sense of it all. Sometimes it’s complicated. It’s wonky. And, when it’s necessary, it can be hard to explain what’s going on in our world to kids. Don’t worry. We’ve gotcha covered.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.
Andrea & Brittany
ANDREA CANDRIAN REEVE
Andrea kicked off her communications career as a news reporter for several CBS affiliates, first in the Tri-Cities, Washington covering crime and court stories and then in Tallahassee, Florida where she covered local politics. On a whim, she gave up her television career to head to our nation’s capital, knowing close to nothing (despite taking American Heritage twice in college) about the way our government operates. She somehow convinced a United States senator to hire her on his press team. She quickly developed Potomac Fever and a passion for politics. Over her years there, she served two U.S. senators as their press secretary, where she acted as their mouth piece to reporters and the public. It was the dream job she never knew she wanted. The only thing that could have possibly lured her away from politics was true love. And wouldn’t you know it, that’s just what happened. While in D.C., she met her husband who happened to be living on the other side of the country. They now live in the other Washington (state) and have two daughters.
BRITTANY CANDRIAN RICHMAN
Brittany’s first job post-college was working on President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in the swing state of Nevada. When he won, she followed her political aspirations to Washington, D.C. where she eventually landed a coveted spot in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting at the White House. The job was long, hard and completely fascinating. Brittany was hooked. She frequently worked 12+ hour days helping with the speechwriting process for the President on everything from welcoming Olympic champions to the White House to welcoming heads of State. It was while she was working at the White House that she fortuitously met her husband, Brian. After they got married, she moved a few hours south to Richmond, Virginia, where her husband was attending school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She hopped on board the local Congressman’s regional office in Richmond, where she served in various capacities, including being a White House liaison for constituents. She and her family now live in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she teaches her three kids all about those faces carved into Mount Rushmore, just a few miles from their home.
Andrea and Brittany both graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in journalism.