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Suzan DelBene
Suzan DelBene.png
U.S. House, Washington, District 1
In office
November 13, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJay Inslee (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,420,726
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sReed College
Master'sUniversity of Washington
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1963
Place of birthSelma, Alabama
Net worth$53,234,032
Office website
Campaign website
Suzan DelBene (b. February 17, 1963) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Washington's 1st congressional district. DelBene was first elected in 2012 to complete Jay Inslee's term, due to Inslee resigning to run for governor of Washington.[1][2]

DelBene ran for re-election in Washington's 1st congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to her congressional career DelBene was Vice President of the Microsoft Corporation.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, DelBene is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Campaign themes


According to her website, DelBene's campaign platform included the following issues[4]:

  • Worker training programs
  • College tuition assistance
  • Higher taxes on those making more than $1 million per year

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" DelBene voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


DelBene serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law



See also: Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Race background

Frontline Program

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[7]

Young Guns Program

Challenger Pedro Celis (R) was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program. The program was designed to help candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in targeted races.[8]


See also: Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

DelBene won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 1st District.[1] She won the nomination as a Democrat, defeating Darcy Burner (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Steve Hobbs (D), John Koster (R), and Larry Ishmael (I) in the August 7 primary. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party, appear on the general election ballot.[9] She and John Koster advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10]

A large field of Democrats competed for the party nod, while county councilman John Koster was unopposed on the Republican ticket. Early polling put Koster well ahead of Democratic frontrunner Darcy Burner. Burner, a progressive activist, had capitalized on anti-wealthy sentiment to pull ahead of former executive DelBene.[11]

In late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene had pushed her past Burner into the second spot behind Koster in the polls.[12]$2.3 million of DelBene's campaign funds came from her own bank account, although she has raised $500,000 of independent funds as well.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name Burner said DelBene is trying to buy the election, but DelBene, who is worth $53 million, said she joined her supporters in investing in her campaign.[13][12]

At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about Super PACs and voiced support of the Affordable Care Act. DelBene said she would focus on job creation. Darshan Rauniyar and Steve Hobbs promised to bring a new face to politics. Laura Ruderman stressed greater health care access. The only Republican in the race, Koster emphasized the need for smaller government.[14]

Adding another layer of financial interest is a Super PAC run by one candidate's parent. Laura Ruderman's mother runs Progress for Washington,[12] which by July 31 had spent almost $200,000 against DelBene.[15]

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene 53.9% 177,025
     Republican John Koster 46.1% 151,187
Total Votes 328,212
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 1 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Koster (R) 44.9% 67,185
Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene (D) 22.5% 33,670
Darcy Burner (D) 13.9% 20,844
Laura Ruderman (D) 7.1% 10,582
Steve Hobbs (D) 6.9% 10,279
Darshan Rauniyar (D) 2.8% 4,134
Larry Ishmael (I) 2% 3,062
Total Votes 149,756

One month short term special election

See also: Washington's 1st congressional district special election, 2012

DelBene also won a special election to fill retiring representative Jay Inslee's seat for a one-month term before the 2012-2014 term begins.[17] The special election took place on the same primary and general election dates as the full term. Washington was redistricted in 2012; the short-term replacement was elected by the pre-2012 district, and the representative for 2012-2014 was elected by the newly redrawn district.[18]

DelBene joined full-term challengers Darcy Burner (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), and John Koster (R), along with six candidates running just for the one-month term: J. Byron Holcomb (D), Brian Berry (D), Brian Sullivan (D), Ruth Morrison (D), Steven Gerdes (R), and Bob Champion (I).[19] As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary will go on the general election ballot.[9]


In a largely self-funded campaign, DelBene challenged Dave Reichert in 2010. Reichert defeated DelBene on November 2, 2010.[11][20]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 8, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Reichert Incumbent 52.1% 161,296
     Democrat Suzan DelBene 47.9% 148,581
Total Votes 309,877

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DelBene is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, DelBene raised a total of $4,420,726 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[21]

Suzan DelBene's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Washington, District 1) Won $4,420,726
Grand Total Raised $4,420,726


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DelBene's reports.[22]

Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]4/15/2013$6,219.01$249,159.77$(60,704.18)$194,674.60
July Quarterly[24]7/15/2013$194,674.60$278,022.76$(91,313.28)$381,384.08
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of DelBene's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

DelBene won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, DelBene's campaign committee raised a total of $4,420,726 and spent $4,496,799.[25]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DelBene is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of July 3, 2013.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Delbene most often votes with:

Delbene least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, DelBene missed 1 of 151 roll call votes from November 2012 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, DelBene's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $23,223,064 and $83,245,000. That averages to $53,234,032, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[29]

Voting with party

Suzan DelBene voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 32 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[30]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Politico "3 fill House vacancies" Accessed November 13, 2012
  3. The National Journal "Washington District 1 2012," accessed July, 2013
  4. Susan DelBene campaign website "Issues," Accessed August 2, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  7. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "House Republicans show California love with latest ‘Young Guns,’" June 10, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
  10. AP Primary Results
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named st
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Seattle Times "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012
  13. Seattle Times "DelBene adds $400,000 in own money campaign; total of $2.3 million," July 29, 2012
  14. Seattle Times "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Progress for Washington Independent Expenditures," Accessed July 31, 2012
  16. Our Campaigns, "WA District 1 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
  17. Seattle Times "2012 Washington Election Results"
  18. Seattle Times "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012
  19. Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Suzan DelBene," Accessed April 4, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Suzan DelBene 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "DelBene Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  26. Gov Track "Suzan DelBene," Accessed July 3, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Rep. Suzan Delbene," accessed August 8, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Suzan Delbene," Accessed April 11, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "DelBene (D-WA), 2011"
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Inslee
U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 1
Succeeded by