By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 17, 1962
BIRTHPLACE: Selma, Ala.
RESIDENCE: Medina, Wash.
OCCUPATION: Former Corporate Vice President, Mobile Communications, Microsoft
EDUCATION: Reed College; M.B.A., University of Washington
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue, 2010-2012
FAMILY: Husband, Kurt; two children
In the most competitive race in Washington state this cycle, Democrat Suzan DelBene narrowly defeated her opponent, Republican John Koster.
DelBene set a Washington state record for self-financing in a congressional race, spending $2.8 million of her own money in both the primary and general elections.
The former Microsoft vice president, DelBene, campaigned on raising taxes on the wealthy, including herself, and tighter Wall Street regulations.
DelBene also used her experience as a job creator and businesswoman to her advantage during the campaign. She helped create drugstore.com as its original vice president of marketing and store development.
In 2010, DelBene ran against Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertTax lawyers to GOP: Don't impeach IRS chief House GOP defense policy bill conferees named Lawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans MORE (R-Wash.) and narrowly lost, but because of redistricting, the two are no longer in the same district.