On this race: Elected Experience: State Senator representing Washington's 5th district in East King County from 1996 to 2003.
Other Professional Experience: As Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, Dino built a bipartisan coalition to balance the largest budget deficit in state history without raising taxes while still protecting the disadvantaged. Rossi has a history of working across party lines to make a difference for Washington families. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2004 and 2008.
Education: B.A. in Business Management from Seattle University.
Community Service: Board for the Special Olympics for Washington. Deans Advisory Board for School of Business at Seattle University.
Statement: Our country is in trouble. Congress has mortgaged America’s future by passing trillion dollar budget deficits, wasteful stimulus packages, and Wall Street bailouts.
Instead of acting to help our economy and create jobs, Congress has amassed massive debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay. Instead of encouraging job growth, the government has taken over everything from banks to car companies to the student loan program. Instead of helping families by making health care affordable, Congress’ bill will increase premiums and taxes while slashing Medicare. Their approach has failed. Washington’s unemployment rate is dangerously close to 10%, our national debt has soared past $13 trillion, and taxes on working families keep rising. Our economy is headed for a breaking point, with no end in sight.
But we can’t change direction until we change the political leadership that seems more interested in their political ambitions than in getting things done.
My plan is simple: Cut the massive growth in federal spending that has created these huge deficits and will double our national debt in five years. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, because neither Republicans nor Democrats in Washington, DC have any discipline when spending your money. Fix the tax code to reward work, saving, and the investments that create jobs while closing special interest loopholes that favor the politically connected.
Replace the health care bill and reform health care by taking power away from big government and insurance companies and giving it back to patients and their doctors.
Finally, I know America’s best days are ahead of us, if only we unleash the energy and talent of the American people and get government back to its proper, more limited role. That will be my mission as your Senator. I ask for your vote on Election Day.