On this race: Elected Experience: US House of Representatives, 7th District, 1989-present; Washington State Senate, 1975-87; Washington State House of Representatives, 1971-72
Other Professional Experience: US Navy Medical Corps, Long Beach Naval Station, Chief Psychiatrist treating returning Vietnam soldiers (1968-70); Private practice of adult and child psychiatry; clinical instructor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Regional Medical Officer serving sub-Saharan Africa, US Foreign Service, 1987-88
Education: Graduate of Wheaton College (1958) and University of Illinois School of Medicine (1963); residencies in Adult Psychiatry, University of Illinois Hospitals (1964-66) and Child Psychiatry, University of Washington Hospitals (1966-68)
Community Service: No information submitted
Statement: All elections are important, but the choices we make in this year’s contest are crucial for the future of our country. We face daunting challenges in so many areas – and how we respond to them will set our course for many years to come. The turmoil and uncertainty of the last few years has taken a difficult toll on too many Americans. Now we must take bold action to restore the vitality of our country and the promise of our future. Representing Washington’s 7th District in the Congress is a great privilege and a grave responsibility. I ask for your support now to continue that work as a strong and thoughtful voice for progressive change.
I am eager to return to the Congress to tackle the momentous issues before us. The landmark health care reform legislation enacted earlier this year must be implemented carefully to fulfill its promise of more and better care for all Americans. We must, finally, end the war in Iraq and provide the ongoing care needed by our soldiers and veterans. Our economy is still stumbling, and millions of Americans remain unemployed. And the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico underscores our urgent need to recast our energy policies and practices to develop the sustainable energy resources that will allow us to prosper in a changing world.
We can solve these problems with determined effort and clear purpose. I am committed to this effort and to the goals of a strong and productive society: affordable housing; employment opportunity; fair and progressive wages and taxation; reproductive choice; uncompromised civil rights and liberties; and trade policies that respect workers' rights and protect the environment.
I invite you to review my record, and ask for your vote. Thank you for your support.