|U.S. House, Washington, District 1|
|November 13, 2012-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Jay Inslee (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Master's||University of Washington|
|Date of birth||February 17, 1963|
|Place of birth||Selma, Alabama|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 2.1 Legislative actions
- 2.1.1 113th Congress
- 2.1.2 National security
- 2.1.3 Economy
- 2.1.4 Immigration
- 2.1.5 Healthcare
- 2.1.6 Social issues
- 2.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 2.2 Campaign themes
- 2.1 Legislative actions
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Analysis
- 6 Recent news
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Prior to her congressional career DelBene was Vice President of the Microsoft Corporation.
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.
DelBene serves on the following committees:
- 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
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to DelBene's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
DelBene voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
DelBene voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
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."
- 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. Participants agreed 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.
Previous congressional sessions
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.
According to her website, DelBene's campaign platform included the following issues:
- Worker training programs
- College tuition assistance
- Higher taxes on those making more than $1 million per year
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.
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.
DelBene won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 1st District. 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. She and John Koster advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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.
In late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene had pushed her past Burner into the second spot behind Koster in the polls.$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
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.
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.
Adding another layer of financial interest is a Super PAC run by one candidate's parent. Laura Ruderman's mother runs Progress for Washington, which by July 31 had spent almost $200,000 against DelBene.
|U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
One month short term special election
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. 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.
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). As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary will go on the general election ballot.
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Washington, Congressional District 8, 2010|
|Republican||David G. Reichert Incumbent||52.1%||161,296|
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.
|Suzan DelBene's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Washington, District 1)||$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.
|Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
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|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 1st District, 2012 - Suzan DelBene Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,194,380|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,181,900|
|Top contributors to Suzan DelBene's campaign committee|
|University of Washington||$19,500|
|Communications Workers of America||$15,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$15,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$12,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Cost per vote
DelBene spent $25.40 per vote received in 2012.
Ideology and leadership
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.
Delbene most often votes with:
Delbene least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Suzan + DelBene + Washington + House"
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- Media coverage:
- CNN "Washington Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Politico "3 fill House vacancies" Accessed November 13, 2012
- The National Journal "Washington District 1 2012," accessed July, 2013
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative DelBene's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Susan DelBene campaign website "Issues," Accessed August 2, 2012
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- The Washington Post, "House Republicans show California love with latest ‘Young Guns,’" June 10, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," Accessed May 17, 2012
- AP Primary Results
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- Seattle Times "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012
- Seattle Times "DelBene adds $400,000 in own money campaign; total of $2.3 million," July 29, 2012
- Seattle Times "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012
- Open Secrets "Progress for Washington Independent Expenditures," Accessed July 31, 2012
- Our Campaigns, "WA District 1 - Open Primary," accessed May 30, 2013
- Seattle Times "2012 Washington Election Results"
- Seattle Times "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State "Candidate Filings," Accessed May 18, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Suzan DelBene," Accessed April 4, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Suzan DelBene 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed August 1, 2013
- Open Secrets "DelBene Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
- Gov Track "Suzan DelBene," Accessed July 3, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Suzan Delbene," accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Suzan Delbene," Accessed April 11, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "DelBene (D-WA), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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