Star Parker is an American syndicated columnist, Republican politician, social critic, author, and conservative political activist. In 1995, she founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education. In 2010, she was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in California's 37th District, which encompasses much of Los Angeles County. Parker is a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service. Her column is carried weekly by newspapers across the country and opinion sites such as Townhall.