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|U.S. House, Washington, District 8|
|High school||Rainer Beach High School|
|Bachelor's||Western Washington University|
Karen Porterfield was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Washington. She lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Porterfield holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from Western Washington University and her Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University.
Porterfield on: Agriculture
- "I will work with the agriculture producers in the State to support the on-going success of this vital industry. An effective transportation system that helps farmers get their produce to markets, a guest worker visa program to help supply labor needed, and export policies that supports sales of our agricultural harvests are critical to the economy of our state. Farmers are lifeblood of this state and our country, and it is crucial we listen to their needs and support their success."
- "Our system must be focused on prevention and early treatment and make use of the medical home model and electronic record keeping, all of which has been repeatedly proven to reduce health care costs while improving health. We also need the government to offer universal health insurance to everyone based on Medicare. Individuals deserve to have choices, both from private insurers and a government plan. With the low overhead of the current government health programs, this can ensure that with a government plan that the individuals premiums will go towards their health care, not for insurance companies profit. Any future plans, including a single payer program, must be designed at a cost affordable to the individual and society."
- " A key goal of any immigration reform will be to ensure border security while allowing people the opportunity to contribute to America’ and become active, productive citizens, starting a new chapter in their family story.
In the short term we can start immigration reform by creating a modern worker visa program that allows businesses the ability to hire workers as needed, especially in critical sectors such as agriculture. We can also pass the DREAM Act, a proposed program that allows young men and women the ability to earn their citizenship by either serving in the Armed Forces or graduating from college. And we should pass the Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America Act of 2011 (IDEA Act of 2011) that promotes innovation, investment and research in the United States."
Porterfield ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 8th District. She and incumbent Dave Reichert (R) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Keith Arnold (D), Ernest Huber (R), Keith Swank (R), and James Windle (I). They faced off again in the general election on November 6, 2012. Reichert won.
|U.S. House, Washington District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dave Reichert Incumbent||59.7%||180,204|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Washington District 8, 2012 - Karen Porterfield Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,654,833|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,597,770|
|Top contributors to Karen Porterfield's campaign committee|
|King County, WA||$6,000|
|Democratic Party of Washington||$5,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$6,000|
|Printing & Publishing||$2,000|
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- CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
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- Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
- AP Primary Results
- Open Secrets, "Karen Porterfield 2012 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2013