Candidate’s Voters Guide Statement:
Elected Experience: United States Representative, 2017-current; Washington State Senator, 2015-2016
Other Professional Experience: Founder/Executive Director, OneAmerica; Director, PATH Fund for Technology Transfer; Financial Analyst; Author
Education: BA in English & Economics, Georgetown University; MBA, Northwestern University
Community Service: 2013 White House Champion of Change Awardee; First Vice-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus; Vice-Chair, Democracy Reform Task Force; Co-Chair, United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force; Co-Chair, Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform; Former Board Chair, API Chaya; Member, City of Seattle Income Inequality Advisory Committee – enacting path to $15 minimum wage
Statement: I am so proud to represent Washington’s 7th District in the United States Congress. I came to United States when I was 16 years old by myself, and I have been a resident of Seattle for nearly thirty years. As your U.S. Representative, I am focused on ensuring everyone has access to quality healthcare, making college debt-free, protecting our environment, welcoming immigrants, ensuring pay equity and reproductive rights, and ensuring everyone can retire with dignity.
During my first term, I have held more than a dozen town halls to hear from you and fight for your priorities, including more affordable housing as well as robust public transit and infrastructure. I secured the passage of $2.5 million in funding to address our opioid crisis and cosponsored legislation to create tuition-free college nationwide, Medicare for All, and transition to a 100% renewable energy future. Through diligent casework, I have helped constituents – including veterans and seniors – get back over $800,000 in federal benefits.
As Vice Ranking Member of the Budget Committee and Member of the Judiciary Committee, I will continue to stand up against attempts to divide and scapegoat, to ensure that we get money out of politics, and to build an economy of shared responsibility that takes care of the most vulnerable among us, instead of giving more tax giveaways to those who don’t need them.
Our district is rich in innovation, diversity, natural resources and compassion. I’m proud to represent you and I would be honored to have your vote.
Endorsements: King and Snohomish County Democrats, Washington State Young Democrats, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Planned Parenthood Northwest, Washington State Labor Council, IAF 27 Seattle Firefighters, Sierra Club, 11th, 21st, 36th, 37th, 46th District Democrats and the Congressional Progressive Caucus