Steve Beren

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Steve Beren (born September 9, 1951) is an American political activist from Seattle, Washington.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York City, Beren says that he was raised in a nominal Jewish home, later became an atheist and, in 1995, a Christian.[1]

Political activism[edit]

Socialist Workers Party[edit]

Until 1990 Beren was a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP),[2][3] during which he wrote in the party's Discussion Bulletin for inclusion of the LGBT movement in the party's revolutionary manifesto, commenting that "the gay liberation movement is part of the class struggle"[4] and that "gay liberation cannot be achieved short of the socialist revolution."[5] Though the SWP ultimately adopted a resolution in support of the LGBT movement, Beren offered a competing measure, contending that the party's position did not go far enough. The "Beren-Knoll resolution" was ultimately rejected, with one party activist opining that "gays ... have much less strategic importance than do Blacks and women and other allies." [6]

While living in Detroit in the 1970s, Beren was questioned by the FBI who were investigating his roommate at the time, a Young Socialist Alliance partisan suspected of subversive activities. According to a congressional report of that incident, the roommate had previously been harassed by a "person claiming to be a congressman on the House Internal Security committee" who had insinuated knowledge of an "undisclosed purpose" behind the roommate and Beren's relocation from New York; the purported congressman claimed the move was done at the behest of the SWP for purposes of infiltration and agitprop.[7]

Beren left the SWP in 1990 due to, what he described as, "exhaustion with it." [2]

Democratic Party[edit]

After leaving the SWP, Beren became a member of the Democratic Party, where he remained for the next fourteen years.[3]

Republican Party[edit]

Beren quit the Democratic Party to become a Republican. He is a self-identified "Tea Party activist" and was an early confederate of Tea Party founder Keli Carender. The success of Carender's first event, a 2009 rally in Seattle against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has been partly attributed to promotion it received on Beren's blog.[8] Beren went on to organize and speak at other Tea Party rallies.[9]

Beren has said that Republicans should "have bold colors, wave the Republican flag boldly; wave fiscal conservatism, social conservatism, immigration conservatism — boldly."[10] During the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, Beren endorsed Newt Gingrich.[11][12] He has called for fortifying the U.S.' southern border with Mexico[13] and was a supporter of the 2003 Iraq War.[14]

In 2006, and again in 2008, Beren ran for U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th congressional district, advancing to the general election on the Republican ticket in the heavily Democratic-leaning district. In both races he was soundly defeated by incumbent Jim McDermott, scoring roughly 16-percent of the vote each time[15][16] while being thoroughly outspent by his rival (McDermott spent $1 million during the 2008 election, compared to $32,850 invested by Beren's campaign[17]). In 2010 he again ran for congress from Washington's 7th congressional district, that time as a declared write-in candidate.[18]

As of 2014, Beren is the New Media and Technology Director for the Washington State Republican Party.[19]

Personal information[edit]

Beren has lived in Seattle since 1987, and is married.[1]


  1. ^ a b Beren, Steve (May 9, 2005 (slightly revised December 29, 2008)). "The Liberal Elite, Paranoia, Moral Values, and the War Against Terrorism (part 2 of 2)". Steve Beren. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b Feit, Josh (September 2011). "McKenna Consultant is Original Local Tea Party Activist and Former Socialist". Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ramsey, Bruce (August 9, 2006). "McDermott challenger knows a little something about the left". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  4. ^ Beren, Steve (July 1971). "The Revolutionary Party and the Gay Liberation Movement: An Answer To the Gregorich Tendency". Discussion Bulletin (Socialist Workers Party / Marxists Internet Archive). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Beren, Steve (August 1972). "For National Party Intervention in the Gay Liberation Movement". Discussion Bulletin (Socialist Workers Party / Marxists Internet Archive). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Morell, Andrea (August 1975). "Why the Party Should Reject the Beren-Knoll Resolution". Discussion Bulletin (Socialist Workers Party / Marxists Internet Archive). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  7. ^ U.S. Intelligence Agencies and Activities: Hearings Before the Select Committee on Intelligence. Government Printing Office. 1975. p. 1176. 
  8. ^ Maltsev, Yuri (2013). The Tea Party Explained: From Crisis to Crusade. Open Court. p. 71. ISBN 0812698312. 
  9. ^ Ward, Don (April 16, 2009). "Tea Party Post Mortem". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  10. ^ Springer, Dan (June 24, 2008). "Washington State Republicans Ditch Party Labels to Compete". Fox News. Retrieved 2009-10-14. [dead link]
  11. ^ The Conservative Alternative to President Obama
  12. ^ Newt 2012 Announces Washington State Endorsements
  13. ^ Pratt, Christine (September 27, 2013). "Roundtable spotlights contrasting views on immigration reform". Wenatchee World. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  14. ^ Connelly, Joel (September 10, 2007). "Beren for Congress". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  15. ^ "November 2006 General". Washington Secretary of State. 
  16. ^ "Congressional District 7". Washington Secretary of State. 
  17. ^ Beckel, Michael (30 June 2009). "Democratic Doc Favors Single-Payer Health Care For All". Open Secrets. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Gilmore, Susan (9 August 2010). "Rep. Jim McDermott facing six challengers". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Party Staff". Washington State Republican Party. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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