Elected Experience: Fighting for Southwest Washington families and small businesses in Congress since 2010. My focus is on economic recovery, protecting seniors, and fighting against government waste. Washington State House of Representatives, 2007-2010.
Other Professional Experience: Former Senior Legislative Aide, U.S. House of Representatives. Before that, jobs from nanny to retail at the Vancouver Mall to picking blueberries.
Education: B.A., University of Washington, Communications
Community Service: Advocate for low-income parents and children facing medical complexities; working to prevent and promote treatments for kidney disease; helping veterans, small businesses and students succeed; preserving economic security for residents in rural communities.
Statement: From day one as your U.S. Representative, serving Southwest Washington’s families and communities has remained my mission. I’ve listened to you, and I’ve stood up to both political parties including my own to put the needs of families and communities first.
Good jobs and bigger paychecks remain my focus. Our region should remain a great place to live, which means more good jobs and bigger paychecks. I helped pass legislation into law that will boost the average Southwest Washington family of four’s take home pay by $2,300 this year, and create 20,000 new jobs. My eighth Jobs Fair paired residents with new and better-paying jobs. I’ve led efforts to help our wood products industry, protect local steel and manufacturing jobs, and preserve fishing jobs and ports. And I won’t let up; residents deserve great job opportunities right here.
Fighting Oregon’s tolling scheme on I-5, I-205 bridges: The state of Oregon wants to toll Washington commuters who must use the bridges to get to work -- to pay for roads in areas our commuters rarely use. That’s unfair. We’re not Oregon’s piggy bank. Furthermore, Oregon’s tolling scheme would jeopardize our ability to fix the I-5 bridge. I’ll continue actively opposing any tolling plan that treats Southwest Washington residents unfairly.
Protecting sportsmen, preserving salmon: Sea lion numbers have exploded on the Columbia River. They’re gorging on salmon, driving them toward extinction. I’m leading bipartisan legislation to remove some of these predators and save our precious salmon.
Seniors have earned Social Security and Medicare. That’s why I’ve fought to strengthen both vital trust funds for senior citizens who depend on them.
No one will work harder for Southwest Washington than I will. It's an honor to serve you in Congress and I ask for your vote.