Elected Experience: United States Representative, 2012-Current.
Other Professional Experience: Successful career as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. Former Microsoft executive, led local high-tech startups. Former Director of Washington’s Department of Revenue, where I led efforts to simplify the tax system and help small businesses.
Education: B.A., Reed College; M.B.A., University of Washington.
Community Service: I've mentored students at UW Business School; been active in my church, serving as a board member. Volunteered with the PTA, Girl Scouts and YWCA, supporting transitional housing, job training and services to help families get back on their feet.
Statement: As your representative, I’ve been standing up against partisan gridlock in the other Washington while focusing on strengthening middle class families.
I know what it’s like to struggle. Growing up, my dad lost his job and our family went through hard times. But thanks to financial aid and hard work, I graduated college and built a successful career as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. Today, too many families suffer as mine did, which is why I’m fighting for income equality, small businesses, seniors and families.
Expanding economic opportunity. We need an economy that works for everyone. That’s why I support raising the federal minimum wage, providing equal pay for equal work and ensuring workers have access to paid sick leave so they don’t have to choose between their jobs and their families. My work on the Farm bill brought $22 million to our state’s job training program for those receiving nutrition assistance.
Focused on solutions. In a divided Congress, I’m committed to working across party lines to get things done. I helped enact bipartisan legislation to rein in government surveillance and protect innocent Americans’ electronic privacy. And I’m working on improvements to our nation’s healthcare law so it’s more affordable for small businesses to offer insurance to employees.
Standing up for shared values. I’ve demonstrated my strong commitment to protecting Social Security, Medicare and a woman’s right to choose. When an ideological, biased panel to attack women’s health was created with taxpayer money, I stood up against their discredited indictment of Planned Parenthood. I’ve also called for comprehensive immigration reform and introduced legislation to address climate change for the health of future generations.
Making progress in the other Washington isn’t easy, but I remain committed to doing the hard work to expand economic opportunity and live up to our values.