Precious McKesson is a Nebraska native and a Democrat political operative. After graduating from high school, she pursued a career with the U.S. Army and briefly attended college in Alabama. She then began a political career during the late 1990s when she volunteered in service to the mayoral campaign of Brenda Council, who at the time was a city councilwoman in Omaha, Nebraska. (The Nebraska Supreme Court would later disbar Ms. Council from practicing law due to her violations of federal campaign-finance statutes.)
McKesson also worked as a staffer in the offices of Nebraska Democrat State Senator Justin Wayne and Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb. A former Republican-turned-leftwing activist, Kleeb has been dubbed the “Keystone Killer” because of her opposition, on environmental grounds, to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president in 2016, McKesson became increasingly involved with Democrat activism and outreach. Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, she was hired as the Nebraska Democratic Party’s first-ever “Constituency Director,” tasked with courting nonwhite minority voters. At the time, NBC News described McKesson as someone who was “indicative of a new breed of Democratic operative — progressive, outspoken and authentic, even in a deep red state.”
In October 2018, McKesson, who is black, denounced Crystal Rhoades, chairwoman of the Douglas County (Nebraska) Democratic Party, for her “racist comments.” Specifically, McKesson was outraged by Rhoades’ allegation that Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb, a white woman, routinely “grabs a person of color as a token for her photos” before she “leaves without doing a thing to actually help [them].” McKesson condemned Rhoades’ “poor leadership” as well as “the way she’s treated women of color in the Democratic Party.”
In 2019, McKesson was named as an ambassador for the United State of Women (USW), an organization whose stated mission is to “create a world in which women and all people of marginalized genders can thrive.” Upon joining USW, McKesson expressed her enthusiasm for “working toward gender equity.” One of USW’s co-chairs is Valerie Jarrett, a longtime close friend, confidante, and adviser of Barack Obama.
By 2020, McKesson had become the Black Caucus Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
On June 7, 2020, McKesson helped organize a crowd of more than 1,000 people in Omaha, Nebraska, who marched to condemn the recent death of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black Omaha man who had been shot and killed by a white business owner while Scurlock was participating in a violent riot protesting the May 25 death of George Floyd. “We want to show unity in the community and show we can unite, no matter who we are,” said McKesson at the June 7 event.
Commemorating “Juneteenth” on June 19, 2020, McKesson wrote: “African-Americans are still … fighting racism, redlining, unfair sentencing, low wages and health disparities.” “We have a long way to go for all African-Americans to truly feel accepted,” she added. “In the past two months, we have experienced so much heaviness with the deaths of Ahmad Aubrey [Arbery], Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, James Scurlock, Rashad [Rayshard] Brooks, and so many before them. Today we ask that you stand in solidarity and fight against the injustices against black people and take the time to understand the importance of why Black Lives Matter.”
In November 2020, McKesson was elected by Democratic Party voters in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District to cast the district’s Electoral College vote (vis-a-vis the recent presidential election) for Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, When McKesson proudly cast that electoral vote the following month, she said of Biden and Harris: “They made sure there is space for all Democrats, and they really spoke to issues across ideology, and I think that’s exactly how they’re going to govern.”
In March 2021, McKesson helped host Nebraska’s inaugural People of Color Convention, which was attended by nearly 300 individuals via Zoom and Facebook Live. “All allies are welcomed to join our collaborative because at the end of the day we want to make sure that we are turning out the vote and really focusing on people of color and the people that represent us does matter,” she stated.
McKesson co-authored an August 2021 op-ed piece supporting the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), an academic discipline which maintains that society is divided along racial lines into (white) oppressors and (black) victims, similar to the way Marxism frames the oppressor/victim dichotomy along class lines. Published by the Lincoln Journal Star, the op-ed strongly opposed a proposal by gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen seeking to prohibit CRT from being taught to students at the University of Nebraska. “As the chairs of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Latinx, Black and Native caucuses and longtime community leaders, we want to express in no uncertain terms our opposition to this negative measure,” wrote McKesson and her fellow authors, adding: “Simply put, CRT examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism. Students would be taught about the systemic racism that still exists today and permeates our society.” Banning CRT would not only diminish “academic freedom,” wrote McKesson et al, but it would also represent a “direct assault upon the sovereignty of one’s soul, mind and body.”
In October 2021, McKesson was appointed by President Biden to serve as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach. In this role, she was tasked with conveying the Department’s policies to the American public, particularly to the parents and teachers of public-school students nationwide. McKesson’s appointment occurred during the Biden administration’s ongoing battles with what the Department of Justice termed the “disturbing trend” of parental complaints regarding mask mandates as well as lessons promoting CRT and transgenderism in the public schools.
On February 23, 2022, the Nebraska Democratic Party announced that McKesson would soon be its new Executive Director.
In April 2022, McKesson praised President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, after the latter was confirmed to the Court: “Never in a million years, I thought that I would be able to tell my daughter, who is headed off to college, that, ‘hey, we’ve been able to see our first African-American president, our first African-American vice president is a woman, now the first African-American woman Supreme Court Justice.’”
In July 2022, McKesson denounced a Nebraska ballot initiative seeking to implement a state voter ID requirement: “Republicans have turned alleged voter fraud into a political boogeyman to scare voters from exercising their right to vote,” she said. “The only fraud seen is the practice they used to collect the signatures. The efforts to require an ID have failed in the Legislature for the past eight years because senators across both parties know this will end up in the courts on the grounds of a poll tax or discrimination against the poor and disabled. Nothing seems to stop the cruel and reckless reign of [Republican Governor Pete] Ricketts and [Republican State Senator Julie] Slama.”
In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party, McKesson is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for Neighborhoods USA, a national nonprofit organization “committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations” with leftwing agendas. Her first term in this position is scheduled to expire in October 2024.