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


WASHINGTON

Rep.-elect Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.)

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 Reichert (R-Wash.) and narrowly lost, but because of redistricting, the two are no longer in the same district.


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