Elected Experience: U.S. Senate 2001-present, U.S. House of Representatives 1993-1995, Washington State Legislature 1987-1993.
Other Professional Experience: Real Networks, Vice President of Marketing & Senior Vice President of the Consumer Products Division 1995-2000.
Education: First in her family to graduate college with the help of financial aid. Received B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University.
Community Service: Maria is an avid hiker and outdoorswoman who has summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Grand Teton, Kilimanjaro, and hopes to tackle more of our nation’s highest peaks.
Statement: Maria fights to do what's right for
Washingtonians. She knows too many Washington families struggle to get by.
Maria has worked to help create family-wage jobs and prepare America's
workforce for 21st century innovation. She has passed laws to help our
agriculture, aviation, maritime, fishing, and bustling port economies.
Housing costs are skyrocketing. That's why Maria
successfully worked across the aisle to increase federal incentives to build
more affordable housing. She fought to save the Affordable Care Act. Maria kept
her promise to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. She supported
new laws to ensure veterans receive the healthcare they deserve. Maria believes
prescription drugs should be affordable and pharmaceutical companies should be
held accountable for flooding communities with addictive painkillers and she
helped secure increased funding for law enforcement and treatment.
Making the dream of college education more
affordable, Maria supports increasing Pell grants, allowing students to
refinance loans, and she helped pass a 21st Century GI Bill to expand
educational opportunities for veterans. Washington leads in aerospace and manufacturing
trades. That's why Maria's bipartisan legislation creates the first federal tax
incentive for apprenticeships - retraining veterans and laid-off workers at
Maria helps grow Washington's tech industry by
fighting for Net Neutrality and cybersecurity.
First responders are heroes who need support.
Maria fought for wildfire funding focusing on prevention, protecting lives, and
growing rural jobs. A vibrant outdoor economy supports rural communities. Maria led the charge to stop fee hikes in our
National Parks and prevented oil exploration off Washington's coasts. She
believes in state tax deductibility. Congress, like small business, needs to
live within its means. Maria believes PAYGO measures fight our deficit.
Our American values are being challenged. We need
to keep Maria in the other Washington fighting for our Washington values.