“A fiscal conservative with a social conscience”
- As chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, I turned the largest dollar deficit in Washington history into a bipartisan balanced budget by refocusing the priorities of government to deliver the best possible value of services to Washington taxpayers. My guiding philosophy of fiscal conservatism with a social conscience helped protect the most vulnerable Washington residents during my time in the legislature and will continue to guide me as your Representative of Washington’s 8thCongressional District.
- I defended funding for seniors, the mentally ill, and those with developmental disabilities by bringing people from both parties together onto fiscally responsible and socially conscientious common ground. That’s why my budget work in the state Senate was signed by the Democratic Governor and supported by every single Republican Senator and 38 Democrats in the Washington legislature, including the current Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp.
- I have dedicated myself to protecting the most vulnerable in society. The AARP called me a "Senior Star" for protecting seniors in my balanced budget, and developmental disabilities groups gave me eight different awards for my work in the legislature defending the vulnerable. I will work to enact effective, fiscally-responsible programs designed to get results and eliminate the bureaucracy that prevents kids, the disabled, and other vulnerable groups from getting the help they need.
- I will keep our word to our senior citizens by protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security for everyone who has paid into it. It’s their money. I will work to ensure that everyone gets 100% of the Social Security they are entitled to while reducing fraud and abuse.