Elected Experience: State Representative - 17th District from Clark County, elected to five terms
Other Professional Experience: Co-Founder, Intrepid Learning Solutions; Co-Founder, Digital Efficiency; Co-Founder and President, TVW – Washington State’s version of C-SPAN; Chief of Staff, Governor Booth Gardner (1989-1992)
Education: B.A. - The Evergreen State College
Community Service: Denny and wife Paula helped create the Olympia School District Foundation’s Principals Emergency Checkbook Fund, providing low income children with basic supplies to be successful in school. Denny is a Trustee for The Evergreen State College, served on the Board of the Washington State Historical Society, and served on the Washington Learns Commission.
Statement: I've spent the last decade working in the real world and am the only candidate for Congress who has grown multiple small businesses and created jobs. Restoring our economy and creating jobs will be my top priority in Congress.
To get our economy back on track, we need fundamental change. I'll fight to end tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas. If Wall Street banks are healthy enough to pay outrageous executive bonuses, then they are healthy enough to pay back every cent they got from the taxpayers. I will fight for strong Wall Street reform that holds the banks accountable and makes sure that if a bank fails, the CEO's don't get a bonus and a bailout.
Instead of bailing out big banks, I'll invest in small businesses that create jobs. My economic plan includes tax credits for small businesses that create jobs and better access to loans so small businesses can grow. Having started a company that provides worker training, I know that we need to train workers for jobs of the 21st Century.
I have a plan to provide incentives for businesses and people that invest in clean alternative energy to create jobs and make Southwest Washington a leader in using wind and renewable resources to produce energy. We can make our region a leader in renewable resources and get people back to work.
I grew up in Vancouver and raised my two sons, Bob and Trey, in Olympia with my wife of 34 years, Paula. Our communities are strong and people resilient - I know with the right focus, we can get our local economy moving again. No one will work harder to fix our economy and I would be honored to earn your vote as your new Representative in the United States Congress.