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|Cost per vote 2012 = $25.40
 
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{{tnr}}'''Suzan DelBene''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Washington]]. DelBene represents [[Washington's 1st congressional district]] and was first elected to the House in 2012.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/WA/house ''CNN'' "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>  
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{{tnr}}'''Suzan DelBene''' (b. February 17, 1963, in Selma, [[Alabama|AL]]) 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, after Inslee resigned to run for [[Governor of Washington]].<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/WA/house ''CNN'', "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/fill-house-vacancies-149490.html?hp=l10 ''Politico'', "3 fill House vacancies," accessed November 13, 2012]</ref>
  
She was sworn into the House on November 13, 2012 to finish out the rest of [[Jay Inslee]]'s term, who resigned to run for [[Governor of Washington|governor of Washington]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/fill-house-vacancies-149490.html?hp=l10 ''Politico'' "3 fill House vacancies" Accessed November 13, 2012]</ref>
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DelBene {{2014isrunning}} for re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2014|Washington's]] [[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014|1st District]].
  
DelBene is a former vice president of Microsoft Corp.<ref name="st">[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018198362_1stdistrict13m.html''Seattle Times'' "The race is on to fill new 1st Congressional District," May 12, 2012]</ref>
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Prior to her congressional career, DelBene was vice president of the Microsoft Corporation.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/washington-1st-house-district-20121102 ''The National Journal'', "Washington District 1 2012," accessed July, 2013]</ref>
  
==Issues==
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{{Introanalysis
===Campaign themes===
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|Party=Democratic
====2012====
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According to her website, DelBene's campaign platform included the following issues<ref>[http://www.delbeneforcongress.com/index.php/issues Susan DelBene campaign website'' "Issues," Accessed August 2, 2012]</ref>:
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* Worker training programs
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|Fullname=Suzan DelBene
* College tuition assistance
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|Lastname=DelBene
* Higher taxes on those making more than $1 million per year
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===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
DelBene serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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DelBene serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture|Committee on Agriculture]]
 
**Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
 
**Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
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**Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
 
**Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law
  
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==Career==
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The following is an abbreviated list of DelBene's professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=D000617 ''Biographical Directory-U.S. House'', "DelBene," accessed January 2, 2014]</ref>
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*1989-1998:Director of marketing and business development, Microsoft
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*1998-2000:Vice-President, drugstore.com
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*2000-2003:CEO, Nimble Technology
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*2004-2007:Vice-president, Microsoft
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*2008-2009:Consultant, Global Partnerships
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*2010-2012:Director, Washington State Department of Revenue
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*2012-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington District 1
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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====National security====
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======NDAA======
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{{support vote}} DelBene voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/126272/suzan-delbene?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Ul8BeRCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative DelBene's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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======DHS Appropriations======
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{{Oppose vote}} DelBene voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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======Keystone Pipeline Amendment======
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{{Support vote}} DelBene voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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======CISPA (2013)======
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{{Oppose vote}} DelBene voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=DelBene}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=DelBene}}
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======Government shutdown======
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{oppose vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> DelBene voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. DelBene voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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In a statement released October 1, 2013, DelBene said, “For as long as this unnecessary shutdown occurs, hundreds of thousands of public servants will be working without pay. When sequestration began earlier this year, I returned 8.2% of my salary back to the Treasury, and for the duration of this shutdown, I will return the remainder of my personal salary as well."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/ ''Washington Post'', "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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======Farm Bill======
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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{{oppose vote}}
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DelBene voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/126272/suzan-delbene?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.Ul8B2BCBxVI ''Vote Smart'', "DelBene on agriculture," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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======King Amendment======
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DelBene signed a letter sent to [[Collin Peterson]] in August 2013, asking him to keep [[Steve King (Iowa)|Steve King]]'s amendment out of the final Farm Bill.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806604/letter-to-ranking-member-collin-peterson-house-committee-on-agriculture-reject-rep-kings-provision-on-farm-bill#.UkBtzIakrMk ''Vote Smart'', "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013]</ref>  The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.<ref>[http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/17/king-farm-bill-amendment-angers-animal-advocates/ ''Time.com'', "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013]</ref>.  King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for  egg-producing chickens.  King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.
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====Immigration====
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======Morton Memos Prohibition======
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{{Oppose vote}} DelBene voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/126272/suzan-delbene?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.Ul8CGxCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative DelBene's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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======Repealing Obamacare======
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{{Oppose vote}} DelBene has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/126272/suzan-delbene?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.Ul8CUxCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative DelBene's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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======SNAP challenge======
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{{SNAP challenge|Name=DelBene}}
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======Abortion======
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{{Oppose vote}} DelBene voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/126272/suzan-delbene?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.Ul8ClxCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "DelBene on abortion," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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======Fiscal Cliff======
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{{Support vote}}
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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 1 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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====2012====
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According to her website, DelBene's campaign platform included the following issues:<ref>[http://www.delbeneforcongress.com/index.php/issues Susan DelBene campaign website'', "Issues," accessed August 2, 2012]</ref>
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* Worker training programs
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* College tuition assistance
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* Higher taxes on those making more than $1 million per year
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s060_020.gif|right|290px|thumb|DelBene's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, DelBene is a '''Populist-Leaning Liberal.''' DelBene received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 22 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=DelBene|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/Suzan_DelBene.htm ''On The Issues'', "DelBene Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Unknown
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Opposes
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|Animals=Unknown
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|Crime= Unknown
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|Guns= Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Favors
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|Citizenship=Unknown
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|Free Trade= Unknown
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|United Nations=Unknown
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|Military=Unknown
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Opposes
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2014===
 
===2014===
::''See also: [[Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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::''See also: [[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
====Race background====
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DelBene {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2014|Washington's]] [[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014|1st District]]. She is running in the [[Blanket primary| blanket primary]] on August 5, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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====Frontline Program====
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DelBene is a member of the [[Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee#Frontline Program|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program]]. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.<ref name=frontline>[http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/dccc_chairman_steve_israel_announces_2013-2014_frontline_members/ ''Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee'', "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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====Endorsements====
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DelBene has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:
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*The Seattle Times<ref>[http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2024050063_larsendelbeneedit11xml.html ''Seattle Times'', "Editorial: The Times recommends to return Suzan DelBene, District 1, and Rick Larsen, District 2, to Congress," July 13, 2014]</ref>
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*Senator [[Patty Murray]]<ref name=sd>[http://www.delbeneforcongress.com/endorsements/ ''DelBene for Congress'', "Endorsements," accessed July 16, 2014]</ref>
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*Senator [[Maria Cantwell]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Representative [[Denny Heck]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Representative [[Derek Kilmer]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Representative [[Rick Larsen]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Representative [[Jim McDermott]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Representative [[Adam Smith]]<ref name=sd/>
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*Governor [[Jay Inslee]]<ref name=sd/>
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*[[EMILY's List]]<ref name=sd/>
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*National Organization for Women (NOW)<ref name=sd/>
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*National Women's Political Caucus<ref name=sd/>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
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:: ''See also: [[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
DelBene won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012|Washington's]] [[Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]].<ref name="cnnr"/> 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.<ref name="faq">[http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/faqcandidates.aspx ''Washington Secretary of State'' "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012]</ref> She and [[John Koster]] advanced past the [[blanket primary]] and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WA_US_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS AP Primary Results]</ref>
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DelBene won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012|Washington's]] [[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012|1st District]].<ref name="cnnr"/> 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, appeared on the general election ballot.<ref name="faq">[http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/faqcandidates.aspx ''Washington Secretary of State'', "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012]</ref> She and [[John Koster]] advanced past the [[blanket primary]] and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WA_US_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Primary Results"]</ref>
  
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.<ref name="st"/>
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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, capitalized on anti-wealthy sentiment to pull ahead of former executive DelBene.<ref name="st"/>
  
In late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene had pushed her past Burner into the second spot behind Koster in the polls.<ref name="voters">[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018815478_apwaprimary1stdistrict1stldwritethru.html ''Seattle Times'' "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012]</ref>$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.<ref name=voters"/> 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.<ref>[http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/07/29/delbene-adds-400000-in-own-money-campaign-total-of-2-3-million/ ''Seattle Times'' "DelBene adds $400,000 in own money campaign; total of $2.3 million," July 29, 2012]</ref><ref name="voters"/>
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In late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene pushed her past Burner into the second spot behind Koster in the polls.<ref name="voters">[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018815478_apwaprimary1stdistrict1stldwritethru.html ''Seattle Times'', "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012]</ref>$2.3 million of DelBene's campaign funds came from her own bank account, although she raised $500,000 from other donors.<ref name=voters"/> Burner said DelBene tried to buy the election, but DelBene, who had a net worth of $53 million at the time, said she joined her supporters in investing in her campaign.<ref>[http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/07/29/delbene-adds-400000-in-own-money-campaign-total-of-2-3-million/ ''Seattle Times'', "DelBene adds $400,000 in own money campaign; total of $2.3 million," July 29, 2012]</ref><ref name="voters"/>
  
At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about [[Super PAC]]s 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.<ref>[http://blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/2012/07/28/first-district-congressional-candidates-debate/ ''Seattle Times'' "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012]</ref>
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At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about [[Super PAC]]s 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.<ref>[http://blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/2012/07/28/first-district-congressional-candidates-debate/ ''Seattle Times'', "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012]</ref>
  
Adding another layer of financial interest is a [[Super PAC]] run by one candidate's parent. [[Laura Ruderman]]'s mother runs Progress for Washington,<ref name="voters"/> which by July 31 had spent almost $200,000 against DelBene.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?strID=C00523571&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Progress for Washington Independent Expenditures," Accessed July 31, 2012]</ref>
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Adding another layer of financial interest was a [[Super PAC]] run by one candidate's parent. [[Laura Ruderman]]'s mother ran Progress for Washington,<ref name="voters"/> which by July 31 had spent almost $200,000 against DelBene.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?strID=C00523571&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Progress for Washington Independent Expenditures," accessed July 31, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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::''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.<ref>[http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/politics/2012-washington-election-results.html ''Seattle Times'' "2012 Washington Election Results"]</ref> The special election took place on the same primary and general election dates as the full term. Washington was [[Redistricting in Washington|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.<Ref>[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017895671_apwa1stdistrictcongress4thldwritethru.html ''Seattle Times'' "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012]</ref>
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DelBene also won a special election to fill retiring representative [[Jay Inslee]]'s seat for a one-month term before the 2012-2014 term began.<ref>[http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/politics/2012-washington-election-results.html ''Seattle Times'', "2012 Washington Election Results"]</ref> The special election took place on the same primary and general election dates as the full term. Washington was [[Redistricting in Washington|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.<ref>[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017895671_apwa1stdistrictcongress4thldwritethru.html ''Seattle Times'', "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012]</ref>
  
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).<ref name="sos">[https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/Pages/CandidateFilings.aspx ''Washington Secretary of State'' "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012]</ref> As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary will go on the general election ballot.<ref name="faq"/>
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DelBene joined full-term challengers [[Darcy Burner]] (D), [[Laura Ruderman]] (D), [[Darshan Rauniyar]] (D), and [[John Koster]] (R), along with six candidates only running 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).<ref name="sos">[https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/Pages/CandidateFilings.aspx ''Washington Secretary of State'', "Candidate Filings," accessed May 18, 2012]</ref> As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary went on the general election ballot.<ref name="faq"/>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
 
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In a largely self-funded campaign, DelBene challenged [[Dave Reichert]] in 2010. Reichert defeated DelBene on November 2, 2010.<ref name="st"/><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
In a largely self-funded campaign, DelBene challenged [[Dave Reichert]] in 2010. Reichert defeated DelBene on November 2, 2010.<ref name="st"/><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:DelBene 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of DelBene's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:DelBene 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00030693&newMem=Y&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "DelBene Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00030693&newMem=Y&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "DelBene Campaign Contributions," accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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DelBene spent $25.40 per vote received in 2012.
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==Personal Gain Index==
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', DelBene's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $23,908,063 to $84,595,000. That averages to '''$54,251,531.50''', which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. DelBene ranked as the 12th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00030693&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "DelBene, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2011 and 2012, DelBene's calculated net worth decreased from $54,335,684 to $54,251,531. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', DelBene is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Democratic follower]]," as of July 3, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400222 ''GovTrack'', "Suzan DelBene," accessed July 3, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' 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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412505_Suzan_DelBene ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Suzan DelBene," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
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DelBene most often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[David Price]]
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DelBene least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Tom Cotton]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/suzan_delbene/412505 ''GovTrack,'' "Suzan Delbene," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' DelBene missed 1 of 151 roll call votes from November 2012 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.7 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/suzan_delbene/412505 ''GovTrack'', "Suzan Delbene," accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
  
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00030693&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "DelBene (D-WA), 2011"]</ref>
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==Personal==
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DelBene has lived in many places and lists Washington state and Colorado as two of her favorites. She considers herself an "outdoorsy person."<ref>[http://hoh.rollcall.com/take-five-suzan-delbene/ ''Roll Call'', "Take Five: Suzan DelBene," accessed November 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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==See also==
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*[[Washington's 1st Congressional District]]
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*[[Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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Latest revision as of 09:14, 29 July 2014

Suzan DelBene
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U.S. House, Washington, District 1
Incumbent
In office
November 13, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJay Inslee (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$25.40 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,420,726
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sReed College
Master'sUniversity of Washington
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 17, 1963
Place of birthSelma, Alabama
Net worth$54,251,531.50
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Suzan DelBene (b. February 17, 1963, in Selma, AL) 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, after Inslee resigned to run for Governor of Washington.[1][2]

DelBene is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District.

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.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

DelBene serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of DelBene's professional and political career:[5]

  • 1989-1998:Director of marketing and business development, Microsoft
  • 1998-2000:Vice-President, drugstore.com
  • 2000-2003:CEO, Nimble Technology
  • 2004-2007:Vice-president, Microsoft
  • 2008-2009:Consultant, Global Partnerships
  • 2010-2012:Director, Washington State Department of Revenue
  • 2012-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Washington District 1

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to DelBene's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" DelBene voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" DelBene voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" DelBene voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" DelBene voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] DelBene voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. DelBene joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] DelBene voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. DelBene voted for HR 2775.[20]

In a statement released October 1, 2013, DelBene said, “For as long as this unnecessary shutdown occurs, hundreds of thousands of public servants will be working without pay. When sequestration began earlier this year, I returned 8.2% of my salary back to the Treasury, and for the duration of this shutdown, I will return the remainder of my personal salary as well."[21]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" DelBene voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[22] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[23]

King Amendment

DelBene signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[24] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[25]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" DelBene voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" DelBene has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[28]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including DelBene, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[29]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[30]

Abortion

Voted "No" DelBene voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[31]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[32]

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, DelBene's campaign platform included the following issues:[33]

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

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

DelBene's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, DelBene is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. DelBene received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 22 percent on economic issues.[34]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[35]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[34]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

DelBene is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District. She is running in the blanket primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Frontline Program

DelBene is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[36]

Endorsements

DelBene has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

2012

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, appeared on the general election ballot.[39] She and John Koster advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[40]

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, capitalized on anti-wealthy sentiment to pull ahead of former executive DelBene.[41]

In late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene pushed her past Burner into the second spot behind Koster in the polls.[42]$2.3 million of DelBene's campaign funds came from her own bank account, although she raised $500,000 from other donors.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name Burner said DelBene tried to buy the election, but DelBene, who had a net worth of $53 million at the time, said she joined her supporters in investing in her campaign.[43][42]

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.[44]

Adding another layer of financial interest was a Super PAC run by one candidate's parent. Laura Ruderman's mother ran Progress for Washington,[42] which by July 31 had spent almost $200,000 against DelBene.[45]

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 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
[46]

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 began.[47] 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.[48]

DelBene joined full-term challengers Darcy Burner (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), and John Koster (R), along with six candidates only running 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).[49] As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary went on the general election ballot.[39]

2010

In a largely self-funded campaign, DelBene challenged Dave Reichert in 2010. Reichert defeated DelBene on November 2, 2010.[41][50]

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

Campaign donors

2014

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.[51]

Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2013$6,219.01$249,159.77$(60,704.18)$194,674.60
July Quarterly[53]July 15, 2013$194,674.60$278,022.76$(91,313.28)$381,384.08
October Quarterly[54]October 14, 2013$381,384.08$232,237.94$(81,991.07)$531,630.95
Year-end[55]January 31, 2014$531,630$209,691$(66,581)$674,740
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$674,740.95$297,640.15$(78,291.07)$894,090.03
Running totals
$1,266,751.62$(378,880.6)

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.[57]

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


2012

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.[58]

Cost per vote

DelBene spent $25.40 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, DelBene's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $23,908,063 to $84,595,000. That averages to $54,251,531.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. DelBene ranked as the 12th most wealthy representative in 2012.[59] Between 2011 and 2012, DelBene's calculated net worth decreased from $54,335,684 to $54,251,531. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[60]

Suzan DelBene Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$54,335,684
2012$54,251,531
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-0%
Average annual growth:-0%[61]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[62]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

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.[63]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress 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.[64]

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 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[65]


Voting with party

DelBene voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 32nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[66]

Personal

DelBene has lived in many places and lists Washington state and Colorado as two of her favorites. She considers herself an "outdoorsy person."[67]

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  61. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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U.S. House of Representatives - Washington, District 1
2012-Present
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