Experience: U.S. Representative: 2013-Present, Appropriations Committee; Listed in Washington
Post as one of the Five Most Effective Democrats in Congress; AMVETS
American Veterans Silver Helmet Award; Retail Federation Hero of Main Street;
NPCA Friend of the National Parks; State Legislator: 2005-2012
Other Professional Experience: Former Vice President, Economic
Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County; Former Management Consultant,
McKinsey & Company
Education: Port Angeles High School; Bachelor's Degree, Princeton
University; Doctoral Degree, University of Oxford
Community Service: Former Trustee, Tacoma Community College; Former
Board Member, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce; Former Board Member, Peninsula
Schools Education Foundation; Member, Rotary; Member, Gig Harbor United
Statement: As a new representative, my focus has been getting our
economy and Congress on track.
We need to fix a broken political system. I'm leading by example. When
some in Congress forced a government shutdown, I gave up my own pay. I'm part
of a coalition of Democrats and Republicans working to set aside partisan
bickering and focus on progress. I've championed bills to reduce the influence
of big money and special interests in elections and authored bipartisan
legislation to crack down on politicians who violate campaign finance rules.
We need an economy that works for everyone. Having grown up on the
Olympic Peninsula and having worked for a decade in economic development in
Tacoma, I'm focused on supporting small businesses and growing opportunities
all across our region. I've introduced legislation to make it tougher to
offshore jobs and led efforts to ensure shipyard workers don't take a pay cut
when they travel for work. I'm fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare
so seniors like my 106-year-old grandmother can count on the benefits they've
We need strong schools and a skilled workforce. As the son of two
schoolteachers and as a dad, I've consistently supported funding for public
schools. It's too hard for middle-class families to afford college, so I've
authored legislation to boost financial aid and reduce student debt.
We need to protect our environment for future generations. I've been
working to clean up Puget Sound and protect National Parks and areas that make
our region special.
We need to support military families and veterans. I've sponsored bills
to help transitioning veterans and fix problems at the VA. If you serve our
country, we should have your back. I ask for your vote so I can keep working to
get things on track.