Candidate’s Voters Guide Statement:
Elected Experience: U.S. Representative: 2013-Present, Appropriations Committee; Listed in The Washington Post as one of Congress’s Five Most Effective Democrats; Co-Chair, Bipartisan Working Group; AMVETS Silver Helmet Award; U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award; Retail Federation Hero of Main Street; NPCA Friend of the National Parks; State Legislator: 2005-2012
Other Professional Experience: Former VP, 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; Member, Rotary; Member, United Methodist Church
Statement: Congress is failing to do the job folks in our region deserve. It’s failing to create an economy that works for everyone, threatening healthcare and retirement security, and failing to address problems at the VA. There’s been too much partisan bickering. I’m focused on fixing the mess and getting our economy on track.
We need to fix a broken political system. I cochair the Bipartisan Working Group, a coalition of Democrats and Republicans working to set aside partisanship and solve problems. I’ve championed bills to reduce the influence of special interests in elections and to crack down on politicians who cheat.
We need to create more economic opportunity. Having grown up on the Olympic Peninsula and having worked for a decade in economic development, I’m focused on supporting small businesses and growing jobs throughout our region. I’ve introduced legislation to make it tougher to offshore jobs and led efforts to ensure that shipyard workers don’t face pay cuts when they travel for work. I’m fighting to make healthcare affordable and protect Social Security and Medicare so seniors like my 108-year-old grandmother can live with dignity. I’m working to restore Puget Sound and protect our National Parks since they’re vital to our economy and way of life.
We need strong schools and a skilled workforce. As the son of two teachers and as a dad, I support public school funding. I’ve authored bills to expand apprenticeships, strengthen financial aid, and reduce student debt so middle-class families stop getting squeezed.
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.