The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 89 of 93


Rep.-elect Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneTrade experts, lawmakers say NAFTA deal within reach The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Big night for women in primary elections Lawmakers seek answers from IRS following Tax Day systems glitch MORE (D-Wash.)

DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 17, 1962


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 as its original vice president of marketing and store development.

In 2010, DelBene ran against Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertGOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes Major GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE (R-Wash.) and narrowly lost, but because of redistricting, the two are no longer in the same district.