Christy Bailey graduated with her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wichita State University in 1993. She spent more than 20 years as a valued and trusted member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters family, rising to director of political and legislative action and special assistant to General President James P. Hoffa. Christy played an instrumental role in historic political and legislative victories for working families, electing labor allies to local, state and federal offices and passing laws that ensured a good quality of life for workers. Her steadfast leadership in confronting the pension crisis that faced millions of workers ultimately led to the passage of the historic Burch Lewis Act. As a trusted advisor and top leader in the U.S. Labor Movement, she was an inspiring figure in a traditionally male-dominated profession. Often working behind the scenes, Christy never sought credit for her outstanding work, but her contributions to improve workers’ lives will be recognized for generations to come. Christy spent many years in Washington D.C. but eventually returned to Kansas to be near family. Christy died May 27, 2022. Her unexpected death reminds us to hold our loved ones close. This scholarship was established by her family and friends to honor her memory.