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Kim Schrier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDave Reichert
Personal details
Kimberly Merle Schrier

(1968-08-23) August 23, 1968 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDavid Gowing
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BS)
University of California, Davis (MD)
WebsiteHouse website

Kimberly Merle Schrier (/ˈʃraɪər/ SHRIRE; born August 23, 1968)[1][2] is an American politician and a former physician who is the U.S. representative from Washington's 8th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and career

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 degree. She continued on to a residency at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Schrier's professional career as a pediatrician began in Ashland, Oregon, where she worked for one year before joining Virginia Mason Medical Center in Issaquah, Washington in 2001. While working at Virginia Mason, she became politically active, particularly on healthcare issues. In 2017, Schrier was dissatisfied with Congressman Dave Reichert's handling of the efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and this, coupled with her frustration with the results of the 2016 elections, led to her decision to enter politics.[3][4]

U.S. House of Representatives



Schrier announced her candidacy to represent Washington's 8th congressional district in August 2017, a year before the primary. She initially intended to challenge incumbent Dave Reichert, but the seat became open in September 2017 when Reichert announced his retirement. She had decided to run after the 2016 election, making the expansion of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act the centerpiece of her campaign.[3][5][6][7]

No Democrat had ever been elected to represent the district and Reichert had been seen as a relatively safe incumbent, but his decision to retire left the seat as a potential Democratic pickup in an election year already leaning toward the Democratic Party.[8]

Schrier advanced from the top-two primary, narrowly defeating attorney Jason Rittereiser, and advancing to face Republican Dino Rossi in the general election.[9] The 8th district campaign attracted $25 million in spending, making it the most expensive in state history and one of the costliest nationally in 2018, including controversial attack ads from the Rossi campaign.[10][11] One such ad nicknamed Schrier "Dr. Tax" and depicted her holding a large stack of $20 bills. The ad was perceived as antisemitic by The Washington Post.[12]

Schrier won the general election with 52% of the vote. Although Rossi won 3 of the 4 counties in the district, Schrier won the district's portion of King County by nearly 30,000 votes, almost double her overall margin of 15,000 votes.[13][14]


Schrier ran for reelection. She advanced from the top-two primary in first place[15] and faced the second-place finisher, Republican U.S. Army veteran and Amazon senior project manager Jesse Jensen.[16] Schrier won the general election with 51.7% of the vote.[17]


Schrier defeated Republican nominee and lawyer Matt Larkin with 53.4% of the vote.[18][19] In 2022, Washington's 8th District was the state's most competitive and was among the key races in determining House partisan control.[20] During the race, Schrier criticized Larkin's proposals for abortion bans without exceptions for rape or incest.[21]


During Donald Trump's administration, Schrier voted in line with the president's stated position 6.6% of the time.[22] As of June 2023, Schrier had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[23]

Committee assignments

Schrier speaking with Bill Northey during a House Agriculture Committee event in 2019.

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Nonpartisan blanket primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dino Rossi[a] 73,288 43.1
Democratic Kim Schrier 31,837 18.7
Democratic Jason Rittereiser 30,708 18.1
Democratic Shannon Hader 21,317 12.5
Republican Jack Hughes-Hageman 4,270 2.5
Republican Gordon Allen Pross 2,081 1.2
Democratic Tom Cramer 1,468 0.9
Independent Bill Grassie[b] 1,163 0.7
Libertarian Richard Travis Reyes 1,154 0.7
Independent Keith Arnold 1,090 0.6
Independent Patrick Dillon[c] 898 0.5
No party preference Todd Mahaffey 673 0.4
Total votes 169,947 100.0
Washington's 8th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier 164,089 52.4
Republican Dino Rossi 148,968 47.6
Total votes 313,057 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Nonpartisan blanket primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier (incumbent) 106,611 43.3
Republican Jesse Jensen 49,368 20.0
Republican Keith R. Swank 42,809 17.4
Trump Republican Party Dean Saulibio 28,976 11.8
Independent Corey Bailey 6,552 2.7
Democratic James Mitchell 6,187 2.5
Democratic Keith Arnold 4,111 1.7
No party preference Ryan Dean Burkett 1,458 0.6
Write-in 289 0.1
Total votes 246,361 100.0
Washington's 8th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier (incumbent) 213,123 51.7
Republican Jesse Jensen 198,423 48.2
Write-in 566 0.1
Total votes 412,112 100.0
Democratic hold
Nonpartisan blanket primary results[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier (incumbent) 97,700 47.9
Republican Matt Larkin 34,684 17.0
Republican Reagan Dunn 29,494 14.4
Republican Jesse Jensen 26,350 12.9
Republican Scott Stephenson 7,954 3.9
Democratic Emet Ward 1,832 0.9
Republican Dave Chapman 1,811 0.9
Democratic Keith Arnold 1,669 0.8
Libertarian Justin Greywolf 1,518 0.7
Independent Ryan Burkett 701 0.3
Independent Patrick Dillon 296 0.1
Write-in 122 0.1
Total votes 204,131 100.0
Washington's 8th congressional district, 2022[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Schrier (incumbent) 179,003 53.3
Republican Matt Larkin 155,976 46.4
Write-in 1,059 0.3
Total votes 336,038 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Schrier and her husband, David Gowing, have a son and live in Sammamish, Washington.[27][5] Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Europe who arrived in the United States before World War II.[28] Schrier has Type 1 diabetes.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Kim Schrier, Representative for Washington's 8th Congressional District". Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  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. ^ Parks, Maryalice; Scott, Rachel; Berkowitz, Brittany (October 19, 2018). "Why Kim Schrier left medicine to run for Congress". ABC News. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Washington doctor brings personal touch to health care message in House campaign". NBC News. Associated Press. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Goodell, Emily (August 24, 2017). "More Democrats to challenge Reichert for 8th District seat". Daily Record. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Weigel, David (September 6, 2017). "Dave Reichert, a swing seat Republican, will retire from the House". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Brunner, Jim (November 6, 2018). "Kim Schrier leads Dino Rossi in 8th Congressional District". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  12. ^ Rosenberg, Eli (November 6, 2018). "Republicans attack Jewish candidates across the U.S. with an age-old caricature: Fistfuls of cash". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "November 6, 2018 General Election: Congressional District 8". Washington Secretary of State. November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "August 4, 2020 Primary Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Brunner, Jim (October 1, 2019). "Amazon manager, Trump supporter says Schrier 'too liberal,' wants to flip 8th District back to Republican". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "November 3, 2020 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "Washington Eighth Congressional District Election Results". The New York Times. November 8, 2022. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  19. ^ "Democrat Kim Schrier Wins Reelection to Washington's 8th District". King 5 News. November 11, 2022. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "WA Democrat Schrier leads 8th Congressional District race". The Seattle Times. November 8, 2022. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  21. ^ "Rep. Schrier, challenger Matt Larkin clash in debate over who's extreme". The Seattle Times. October 28, 2022. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  22. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  23. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  24. ^ "Leadership | New Democrat Coalition". Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  25. ^ "August 2, 2022 Primary Results - CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 8". Secretary of State of Washington. August 2, 2022. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  26. ^ "November 8, 2022 General Election Results - CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 8". Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  27. ^ "UC Davis Medicine Alumni: Fall 2018". UC Davis Medicine. September 2008. Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  28. ^ Daniels, Chris (August 17, 2018). "Did Democratic candidate Schrier compare campaign to WWII service?". KING 5. Retrieved November 7, 2018.


  1. ^ Listed on ballot as "GOP Party."
  2. ^ Listed on ballot as "Independent Centrist."
  3. ^ Listed on ballot as "Neither Major Party."

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