Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives – 1989-1992 representing Yakima Valley; U.S. House of Representatives 1993-1994 representing Eastern Washington; U.S. House of Representatives 1999-2012 representing Kitsap, King and Snohomish counties.
Other Professional Experience: Attorney, author of Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.
Education: Ingraham High School, Seattle, WA; graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in economics in 1972; graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University Law School in 1976.
Community Service: Charter member of Hoopaholics to raise money for Childhaven; coached youth sports; served as an honorary board member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
Statement: My mission as governor is this - to create a stronger and growing economy for Washington. We invent, we create, and we build. It was our innovations that led the revolution in aerospace, then software. Today we are on the cusp of new revolutions in health sciences and clean energy technology. This is our moment to grow our economy and create jobs. We need to seize it.
Having lived, worked, and represented both sides of the Cascades, I understand how our economy works. Making Washington a hub for clean energy will launch small businesses across the state, allowing wind and biofuels from the east to power skyscrapers in the west.
To build this stronger economy and ensure every child has an opportunity for a successful future, we must adopt a no-excuses approach to education. I’ll implement proven reforms that produce more innovative schools and insist on high quality teachers in every classroom. We will prioritize our investments in: early childhood education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and make college more accessible and affordable. No excuses.
I will bring this forward-thinking to our state by implementing lean management techniques to improve government services and efficiency and deliver health care at lower cost. In order to create change we need a leader who is willing to buck the status quo. I am one of the few who voted against the bank bailout and the deregulation of Wall Street.
We need a leader who is willing to protect senior citizens’ health care and pensions. I am the only candidate in this race who will stand up to protect a woman’s right to choose, which is why I’ve been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
We can build a working Washington. I would be honored to have your vote.