On this race: Elected Experience: United States Representative, 1997-Current; Washington State Senator, 1991-1996
Other Professional Experience: Prosecutor, City of Seattle, 1993-1995; Attorney, Cromwell, Mendoza and Belur
Education: J.D., University of Washington, 1990; B.A., Fordham University, 1987
Community Service: Member of Federal Way Kiwanis Club; Member of St. Matthew's Church in Browns Point; Member of Northeast Tacoma Elementary PTA where my wife, Sara, served as PTA President for 2 years; participant in Tacoma's 1st Annual Dancing with the Stars Competition benefiting the Tacoma Musical Playhouse; past board member of Judson Park Retirement Home; participant in the Soundview Little League; participant in Norpoint Youth Soccer Club
Statement: I grew up in the Ninth District. My father was a ramp serviceman at SeaTac, my mother a homemaker. They taught me the values that have guided me as a prosecutor, state senator, and congressman - integrity, hard work, personal responsibility, and independence. I live in Tacoma with my wife, Sara, and our two children – ten-year-old Kendall and seven-year-old Jack.
We are facing tough times as a nation. Our country has been hit hard by the global recession and our recovery must continue by putting Americans back to work. This begins by encouraging innovation and allowing small businesses to flourish. We must also ensure that our nation is prepared to compete and win in the global marketplace, and to give workers the support they need to get good jobs through education and job training. During these tough economic times, we cannot lose sight of fiscal discipline. I have supported a balanced budget and believe that we must make the tough choices to ensure that our federal budget is sustainable in the long-term.
Despite the economic challenges that we face, caring for the members of our armed services and their families must remain a priority. We must ensure that our soldiers are properly equipped as they protect our nation and they are cared for when they return home. I am working to ensure that the VA remains capable of delivering quality healthcare that is capable of serving the unique needs of the veteran population. This includes meeting the demands of our newest veterans, those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is an honor to serve the people of Washington's Ninth Congressional District, I hope to earn your support this fall.