Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier wins 2nd term in 8th District

Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier has won a second term in Washington’s closely divided 8th Congressional District.

Dr. Kim Schrier

Schrier fended off a challenge from Republican newcomer Jesse Jensen, an Army veteran and former program manager at Amazon and Microsoft, who tried to paint her as too liberal.

The district stretches from some of Seattle’s south and eastern suburbs to central Washington farmland. While its residents have typically voted for Democrats for president, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans had held the congressional seat for decades until Schrier won two years ago.

Schrier, a pediatrician who has made health care issues one of her top priorities, could have faced a tough road to reelection after Republicans outpolled Democrats in the primary, 49.2% to 47.6%. Her 43% primary total was the weakest among the state’s congressional incumbents.

But Schrier’s fundraising was superior; she reported raising more than $4.7 million by the end of September — more than seven times Jensen’s total.

She also highlighted the work she had done with Republicans on behalf of farmers in the district, including helping land federal research dollars for the region’s specialty crops and trying to improve the visa program for immigrant farmworkers.

She said she wanted another term to keep working on protecting people with preexisting conditions, bringing down the cost of health care and prescription drugs and promoting gun safety.