Dr. Kyle Horton is an emerging national leader on veteran advocacy, public health and environmental policy. She is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with a Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Kyle’s unique combination of training and experience has enabled her to envision a future for North Carolina’s 7th District that provides good-paying jobs while preserving the health and wellness of American families.
Dr. Kyle was raised in a family with a long history of service in the United States Armed Forces. She continued her family’s legacy of service as an instructor of medical residents at the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, where she served veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom at the VA’s post-deployment clinic. There she helped train the next generation of V.A. physicians to address the myriad physical and emotional issues facing our returning heroes.
Now Dr. Kyle is running for the U. S. Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District to help shape an economy that rewards hard work and prioritizes healthy families over corporate profits. At every turn in her career, Dr. Kyle has sided with American families over special interests that benefit the billionaire elite.
Dr. Kyle began her advocacy for American families as a fierce fighter for veterans, especially in the area of mental health. She worked alongside veterans advocacy groups on Capitol Hill for passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. She pressed on to champion legislation and policies addressing opiate safety, military sexual trauma, women veteran suicide prevention, and veterans’ burn pit exposures.
Armed with the belief that healthcare is a right of all persons, Dr. Kyle again stood with American families when she led a Save Our Health Care Rally in Raleigh with Congressman David Price. The rally was recognized by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for its poignant message and demonstration of political courage. Later, Kyle rededicated her commitment to mental health parity as a planner and speaker at a Behavioral Health Faith Summit in Greensboro, attended by more than 300 community members, and recognized for innovation by leaders in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Kyle stepped to the fore of the fight against offshore drilling after the death of a member of her extended family in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Her passion for justice and commitment to fairness was recognized by a large coalition of environmental groups, which selected Dr. Kyle to lead meetings with the White House and deliver over 2 million comments opposing offshore drilling to Administration officials. Their collective efforts successfully defeated offshore drilling plans in the Atlantic. She has also spoken out on issues related to environmental justice as someone who graduated high school in Flint, MI and having witnessed the devastation of her family’s farm in Appalachia from strip mining.
Dr. Kyle graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received the highest student affairs leadership award. She then earned a combined MD/MBA degree in the physician leadership development program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA where she was named Outstanding Senior Resident. Her research project on improving clinical practice guideline adherence for Pap smears was selected as one of 7 plenary presentations out of over 600 submissions to the Southern Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She returned to North Carolina in 2012 and currently resides in Kure Beach.
Dr. Kyle’s campaign for Congress is about expanding economic opportunity and innovating for a future where American families have access to quality healthcare. It is rooted in her personal experiences and deeply held values of fairness for all Americans.