Reason for Seeking Public Office:
To build a vibrant economy that works for everyone, we must do more to strengthen our middle class.
Six years after Wall Street drove our economy into a ditch, too many people are still struggling to find work. School budgets continue to get slashed and rising tuition costs are putting college out of reach for too many Washingtonians.
While we face these difficult circumstances today, I remain optimistic about our future. As I travel throughout the district, I'm inspired by all of the people I meet. Whether it's a farmer in the Skagit Valley, a machinist at Boeing or a computer engineer in Redmond, they all share a commitment to working hard to build a better life for themselves and their families. They believe in investing in their communities to make them strong and vibrant. They care about giving their children educational opportunities that open the door to future success. They seek economic security for themselves but remain generous in their desire to help their neighbors, even when times are tough.
This is why I believe we need -- now more than ever -- leaders who will place people above politics.
We need a leader who understands the power of innovation and who has the experience and determination to get things done in Washington, D.C. We need a leader who values creative and lasting solutions over empty partisanship. We need someone committed to the Democratic principles of honesty, integrity, equality of opportunity and fair play. We need someone who will never lose sight of our shared commitment to the common good, but who also knows how to reach out across political divides to bring together diverse and competing interests to create progress.
After spending more than 20 years building innovation-based businesses that create good jobs for talented, hard working men and women, I understand the role that government can play in fostering sustainable economic growth. This is why I'm a leader in the House of Representatives on passing comprehensive immigration reform and fighting to update our policies as technology evolves to support an innovation economy for the 21st century.
And growing up in a family where we struggled to make ends meet, and where I could not have gone to college without financial aid and student loans, I know how important it is that we keep our promise to the next generation and that we find ways to help people help themselves, such as my successful efforts to roll back the doubling of student loan interest rates last year or securing $200 million in job training funds to help low-income individuals get good jobs