Kim Schrier

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Kim Schrier
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingDave Reichert
Personal details
Born (1968-08-23) August 23, 1968 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Gowing[1]
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BS)
University of California, Davis (MD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Kimberly Schrier (born August 23, 1968)[2] is an American pediatrician and politician from the state of Washington. She is the member-elect for the House of Representatives from Washington's 8th congressional district and was elected in 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Schrier was born and raised in Los Angeles, California,[2] and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in astrophysics. She attended the University of California Davis School of Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and worked as a pediatrician in Ashland, Oregon, for one year before joining Virginia Mason Medical Center in Issaquah, Washington, in 2002.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In the 2018 elections, Schrier ran in Washington's 8th congressional district to replace incumbent Dave Reichert. She decided to run after the 2016 election and made the expansion of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act the center of her campaign.[3][4][5] Schrier announced her campaign in August 2017, a year before the primary election, as one of several Democratic challengers to Reichert.[6] Reichert later announced that he would retire and not seek another term, leaving the swing seat race open.[7]

Schrier advanced from the top-two primary, narrowly defeating attorney Jason Rittereiser, and would face Republican nominee Dino Rossi in the general election.[8] The 8th district campaign garnered $25 million in spending, making it the most expensive in state history and one of the costliest nationally for the 2018 election, and included controversial attack ads from the Rossi campaign.[9][10] In the November general election, Schrier received 52 percent of the vote and won the seat.[11][12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington's 8th Congressional District[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier 163,622 52.40
Republican Dino Rossi 148,617 47.60

Personal life[edit]

Schrier and her husband have a son and live in Sammamish, Washington.[4] Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Europe who arrived in the U.S. prior to World War II.[13] Schrier was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.[3]


  1. ^ "UC Davis Medicine Alumni: Fall 2018". UC Davis Medicine. September 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Candidate Conversation - Kim Schrier (D)". Inside Elections. April 20, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Brunner, Jim (July 26, 2018). "Kim Schrier, a doctor, makes health care a centerpiece of her 8th District campaign for Congress". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Parks, Maryalice; Scott, Rachel; Berkowitz, Brittany (October 19, 2018). "Why Kim Schrier left medicine to run for Congress". ABC News. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Washington doctor brings personal touch to health care message in House campaign". NBC News. Associated Press. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Goodell, Emily (August 24, 2017). "More Democrats to challenge Reichert for 8th District seat". Daily Record. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Weigel, David (September 6, 2017). "Dave Reichert, a swing seat Republican, will retire from the House". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Brunner, Jim (August 13, 2018). "Kim Schrier edges out Jason Rittereiser to face Dino Rossi in 8th Congressional District". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Brunner, Jim (October 28, 2018). "A record-setting flood of outside money pushes Dino Rossi-Kim Schrier congressional race over $25M mark". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Brunner, Jim (November 6, 2018). "Kim Schrier leads Dino Rossi in 8th Congressional District". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Brunner, Jim (November 7, 2018). "Dino Rossi concedes 8th District race to Kim Schrier as new votes widen her lead". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "November 6, 2018 General Election: Congressional District 8". Washington Secretary of State. November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Daniels, Chris (August 17, 2018). "Did Democratic candidate Schrier compare campaign to WWII service?". KING 5. Retrieved November 7, 2018.

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