Meet Bridie

Bridie Farrell says what she means, does what she says, and is ready to bring her relentless work ethic to Congress for the North Country.

Message from Bridie

I am running for congress because I want to give back to the very communities that gave me so much while growing up, training, competing, and chasing my Olympic dreams in the 21st district. From the ice in Lake Placid to the trails in the High Peaks, and my crowded family kitchen table in Saratoga, my values and drive to compete and succeed were born in the North Country. I was taught that everyone’s opinion can be voiced and should be heard. When you do a job, you do it right. We need someone in Washington with North Country values instead of someone who is focused on her personal gain. 

Nearly 40 years after growing up here, I still have the same values that I learned as a little girl. I competed for our country all around the world, wearing the red, white, and blue and it was an honor and privilege to do so. Through all that, I never lost touch with what I believe in,  where I’m from, and who I am. I will bring these values and that drive to the 21st district, and I will never stop competing for us.

Bridie has always relished a challenge. She started training to be a competitive speed skater in elementary school. She quickly learned what it means to work hard, spending early mornings and late nights at the Saratoga Springs ice rink. By the age of 13, Bridie was a nationally ranked speed skater. She competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2014 Olympic Trials and held three American records: 1500m, 3000m, and 3000m relay.

At 15, Bridie was sexually abused by her then-33 year old mentor and teammate in the Olympic Speedskating movement. Years later, that experience inspired her to speak up for crime victims. When Bridie came forward, New York state’s statute of limitations prevented her, and other survivors, from holding their abusers accountable in a court of law. Instead of giving up, Bridie got to work.

Bridie became an outspoken advocate for crime victims. She founded a non-profit, America Loves Kids, to support abuse survivors and to work with policy makers to enact programs that benefit crime victims. She spearheaded the Child Victims Act in New York, which was signed into law in 2019 and extended the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual assault to hold their abusers accountable from age 23 to age 55. Her successful campaign on behalf of crime victims also gained steam nationally: She worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass similar laws in New Jersey and Arizona, and several other states have since followed suit.

Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, Bridie is one of six kids from a proud Irish-Catholic family. She graduated from Saratoga Springs High School and BOCES. She attended Adirondack Community College and ultimately graduated from Cornell University. Bridie resides in North River, New York.