Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician, a wife, and a mom – and the first Democrat to be elected in WA 8th since its creation in 1983. The state’s 2022 redistricting map has added voters in the more conservative side of the district, so this is expected to be a very close race. Although Kim’s 2020 campaign vastly outspent her Republican opponent, he still won 48% of the vote. And the Republicans are unlikely to make that mistake again. In fact, the NRCC has placed Kim on its list of targeted Democratic incumbents, and the RNC co-chair has already headlined a fundraiser in the district. Several Republicans have entered the race, including Jesse Jensen, the opponent Kim defeated in 2020. In a recent campaign appearance, Jensen said, "I think that absolutely there was fraud in this election [2020 presidential], and that should be investigated." The other Republican running is Matt Larkin, who lost the race for Washington Attorney General in 2020 by 12.9% to incumbent Democrat Bob Ferguson. During that campaign, Larkin expressed strong support for Trump’s policies.
Kim decided on a career in medicine after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was a teenager. An astrophysics Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley, Kim went on to UC Davis School of Medicine, where she was recognized by her peers as the classmate who “best exhibits a humanitarian, compassionate, and community-minded character.”
Kim left medicine to run for the House when Republican Congressman Dave Reichert failed to act in support of constituents who needed assistance with their healthcare. “I decided that if he wasn’t going to do the job right, I would step up and run myself,” Kim said. She defeated Reichert, who had held the seat since 2004, by 4.8%. Her victory made her the only woman physician serving in the House. She has a rating of 100% by the following organizations: NARAL Pro Choice America, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, the NAACP, and the National Education Association. She also has a strong environmental record; her 2020 score from League of Conservation Voters was 100%. Her NRA rating is 0%.
In its endorsement of Congresswoman Schrier in 2020, the Seattle Times wrote: "Washington’s 8th Congressional District not only spans the Cascade Mountains but also the partisan divide that has riven America. Since winning a hard fight for Congress in 2018, U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier has demonstrated commitment to the interests of both the blue-leaning Tacoma and Seattle suburbs, and the conservative agricultural towns east of the mountains. She should be reelected to a second term in the House of Representatives. Schrier, a pediatrician from Issaquah and a centrist Democrat, is the Northwest’s only member of the House Agricultural Committee. From this position, she emerged as a reliable ally for farmers of her district, sometimes partnering with Republican lawmakers to give agricultural bills bipartisan muscle…Schrier joined the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition, joining most of Washington’s Democrats in Congress as voices for moderation…[her opponent’s] attempt to paint Schrier as a hard-left liberal misrepresents the record of her service. Schrier has put in the work to reach out to her entire divided district and deserves to continue in Congress.”
Donations now for Kim Schrier will help her communicate her record to voters added to the conservative part of her district, as well as energize her constituents for another close and hard-fought race.