The youngest Republican senator ever talks about faith and the time her friend saw Jesus during a tornado

The youngest Republican senator ever talks about faith and the time her friend saw Jesus during a tornado

CAPITOL HILL – The youngest Republican woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate is documenting her faith journey in a new book. Katie Britt sat down with CBN News to talk about the role God played in her journey from Alabama to the Senate floor.

If you don't know anything about Alabama's first female senator, don't worry, you're not alone. “If the Capitol Police ever find out that I work in the Senate, that would be step 1. Yet to this day, I still get stopped several times a week to demand I show my ID,” Senator Britt told us.

She now finds herself at odds with some lawmakers twice her age who are trying to set policy for America.

Working at the Capitol wasn't always part of the plan. She grew up in the rural Wiregrass region of Alabama, and for those who don't know, this area is known for its Peanut Festival.

“I think it's a place where the American dream is still alive, where you treat your neighbors like family, where the ideals that make our country special still exist,” Britt said.

When it was time for college, it was Roll Tide at the University of Alabama. It was here that Britt met her husband Wesley – an offensive lineman on the football team.

He eventually played for the New England Patriots and the Britts started a family.

After his time in the NFL ended, the Britts moved back to Tuscaloosa and were there when disaster struck in 2011.

Relentless tornadoes ripped through the state and the Britts were in the path of destruction.

“In this storm there was helplessness that was felt. As we remembered our faith and remembered to rely on the Lord, we prayed. As the storm approached, we could feel it, our ears could sense it, we could hear it,” she recalls.

The Britts' home was destroyed, but their family was spared. They had friends who died in the storm, which killed 64 people.

It was weeks later, driving with her daughter in the car during the cleanup, that Britt asked where Jesus was. That's when she realized why her children were so strong.

“I pulled over to the side of the road, shaking and said, 'Baby, have you seen Jesus?' She said, “Yes, Mom, he was with me and Roro during the 'Ro-Nato', their version of the tornado. And she said he was with me but he just left and I want him to come back,' said mom, tell him to come back.' And it just clicked, we thought we had done such a good job, we sang, we prayed. But he was literally with us, and I think a lot of times we need the faith of a child, and she said very direct words, “Mom, isn't God calling you to do hard things?” and I said, “Yes, darling, yes.” 'He does.'”

At that moment, Britt realized she wanted to have a bigger impact on the country.

“I know our nation and the next generation are worth fighting for, and that’s why God has called me to play in this game,” she said.

When Britt decided to run for the Senate seat in 2021, she knew she had great opportunities ahead of her. She prevailed against well-known Congressman Mo Brooks, even though he initially had the support of President Donald Trump. But Britt's growing candidacy eventually forced Trump to support her.

Now in the Senate, Britt says she carries all of those experiences with her as she looks for solutions for the country.

“I believe that we as leaders need to do something. The rise in depression rates among our teenagers doubled between 2011 and 2019 You're not allowed to be on social media until you're 13, which is what the social media companies say they are, and between 13 and 17 you need that Parental consent to be there. “This is not a bill that allows you to follow when you have your child around, the parent will simply take responsibility for the conversation again.”


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