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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

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Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez
Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez - 118th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byJaime Herrera Beutler
Personal details
Kristina Marie Pérez

(1988-06-04) June 4, 1988 (age 34)
Harris County, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDean Gluesenkamp
EducationReed College (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Kristina Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez (born June 4, 1988) is an American politician and businesswoman. A member of the Democratic Party, she has been the U.S. representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district since 2023.

Early life and career

Gluesenkamp Perez was born on June 4, 1988.[1] Her father immigrated from Mexico.[2] She graduated from Reed College in 2012[3] with a degree in economics.[2] She and her husband own an automobile repair shop in Portland, Oregon.[4]

In 2016, Gluesenkamp Perez lost a race for Skamania County Commissioner.[5] She received 32.79% of the vote in the August 2 primary election, finishing second behind Republican[6] Richard Mahar. In the general election on November 8, she lost to Mahar with 46.3% of the vote.[7] Gluesenkamp Perez has served on the Washington State Democratic Party executive committee since 2020.[8] She has been a member of the Underwood Soil and Water District Conservation board of supervisors since 2018.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives



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Gluesenkamp Perez advanced from a nonpartisan blanket primary, which was implemented in Washington state starting in the 2008 election.[8] In this format, all candidates of all parties are listed on the same primary ballot, and the two who get the most votes advance to the general election. In the primary, she finished first out of all candidates with 31.0% of the vote.[10] Republican Joe Kent finished in second place and also advanced to the general election, beating the incumbent representative, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, by .5%. Republican Heidi St. John finished fourth, with 16.0% of the vote. The other Democrat in the race, Davy Ray, received 2.2%. In the lead-up to the primary, Democrat Brent Hennrich, who had led in two early polls by the Trafalgar Group, withdrew from the race and endorsed Gluesenkamp Perez.[11]

The general election's rating varied from "Lean R", according to The Cook Political Report, to "Solid R" in FiveThirtyEight's House of Representatives forecast.[12][13] FiveThirtyEight estimated that Gluesenkamp Perez had a 2% chance of winning the general election over Kent, and was expected to receive 43.6% of the popular vote. She led in one of two polls and was trailing in the other, but both were within the margin of error.[14] Her subsequent victory received national attention as one of the midterms' biggest upsets, and as "a microcosm of the midterms".[15][16][17] Kent conceded on December 21, following a recount.[18][19]

The Seattle Times called Gluesenkamp Perez's 2022 victory over Republican Joe Kent in the Republican-leaning district "the most stunning political upset in the country this year".[2]

Committee assignments

Political positions

In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Gluesenkamp Perez supported Bernie Sanders.[20] In 2022, she campaigned as a self-described moderate Democrat, a "supporter of both abortion rights and Second Amendment rights". She "emphasized support for small businesses, job training and local concerns, like the timber industry" and opposition to political extremism.[2][21] Gluesenkamp Perez supports abortion rights, citing her personal experience of a miscarriage.[5] KGW described her support for abortion rights as "a tenet of her campaign".[5]

Gluesenkamp Perez has also said that inflation, which she blames on companies outsourcing jobs, is the top issue affecting voters in her district.[5] She has called for both increased usage of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the short term and a long-term increase in the number of jobs available in green industries.[22]

Gluesenkamp Perez believes that vote by mail is safe and has refuted unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud among mail-in ballots.[5] She has condemned the January 6 United States Capitol attack and criticized Kent for not doing so.[23]

Gluesenkamp Perez opposes a ban on assault weapons, but has expressed interest in raising the age required to purchase an assault weapon to 21 from 18.[4][5] She has also called for increased hiring of police to handle a surge in property crime.[22]

In 2023, Gluesenkamp Perez voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have criminalized failing to provide care for an infant born alive after an abortion attempt.[24]

Personal life

Gluesenkamp Perez lives near Stevenson, Washington, in Skamania County.[8] Married to Dean Gluesenkamp, she has one child.[1][5] Gluesenkamp Perez identifies as a Protestant.[25] In 2016, she caucused for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, saying that "she didn’t want to spend her whole life under Bush and Clinton presidential dynasties".[26][27]

Electoral history

2022 Washington's 3rd congressional district blanket primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marie Gluesenkamp Perez 68,190 31.0
Republican Joe Kent 50,097 22.8
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 49,001 22.3
Republican Heidi St. John 35,219 16.0
Republican Vicki Kraft 7,033 3.2
Democratic Davy Ray 4,870 2.2
Independent Chris Byrd 3,817 1.7
Republican Leslie French 1,100 0.5
American Solidarity Oliver Black 456 0.2
Write-in 142 0.1
Total votes 219,925 100.0
2022 Washington's 3rd congressional district election[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marie Gluesenkamp Perez 160,314 50.14
Republican Joe Kent 157,685 49.31
Write-in 1,760 0.55
Total votes 319,759 100.0

See also


  1. ^ a b "Washington New Members 2023". The Hill. November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Brunner, Jim; Gutman, David (November 12, 2022). "Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeats Republican Joe Kent in WA House race". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Alumni Win Key Elections in 2022". Reed Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Two races in Washington could tip scales in Congress". The Columbian. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "After toppling Herrera-Beutler, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez says she's 'not here to be a party shill'". KGW. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  6. ^ "Skamania County August 2, 2016 Primary". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  7. ^ "Skamania County November 8, 2016 General Election". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Marie Gluesenkamp Perez". The Columbian. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  9. ^ "3rd Congressional District". The Columbian. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "August 2, 2022 Primary Results – Congressional District 3 – U.S. Representative". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  11. ^ Brunner, Jim; Gutman, David (May 20, 2022). "Sen. Murray draws 17 challengers in WA state primary as filing deadline closes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "2022 House Race ratings". Cook Political Report. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  13. ^ Silver, Nate (June 30, 2022). "2022 House Forecast". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  14. ^ Silver, Nate (June 30, 2022). "2022 House Forecast - Washington's 3rd District". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (November 13, 2022). "Four Stark Lessons From a Democratic Upset". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "How did Marie Gluesenkamp Perez pull off the upset of the year in Southwest WA?". The Seattle Times. November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (November 15, 2022). "Opinion | Four Stark Lessons From a Democratic Upset". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  18. ^ "Facing defeat, Joe Kent campaign looks to 'cure' challenged ballots". opb. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  19. ^ Ellenbecker, Lauren (December 21, 2022). "Kent concedes 3rd district race to Marie Gluesenkamp Perez". The Columbian.
  20. ^ Brunner, Jim (August 16, 2022). "In race for Herrera Beutler's seat, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez focuses on Democratic and Republican voters". The Seattle Times.
  21. ^ "Marie Gluesenkamp Perez flips SW Washington congressional district for Democrats". OPB. November 12, 2022.
  22. ^ a b "Washington's 3rd Congressional District debate: Republican Joe Kent and Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez". OPB. October 27, 2022.
  23. ^ "Questions for candidates: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  24. ^ "Washington, D.C., roll call report".
  25. ^ "Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress" (PDF). Pew Research Center. January 3, 2023. p. 11.
  26. ^ "In race for Herrera Beutler's seat, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez focuses on Democratic and Republican voters". The Seattle Times. August 16, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  27. ^ O'Sullivan, Joseph. "Gluesenkamp Perez defeats Trump-backed Kent in WA's 3rd District | Crosscut". Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  28. ^ "November 8, 2022 General Election Results - CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3". Secretary of State of Washington. November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 15, 2022.

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