Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s 1st Congressional District, having served in the United States House of Representatives since November of 2012. Prior to her time in Congress, Suzan spent over 20 years creating jobs and building successful businesses from the ground up.
In Congress, Suzan is a voice for middle class families across the 1st district, focusing on creating jobs and building an economy that works for everyone.
Suzan took on important committee assignments in the new Congress. Her assignment to the Agriculture committee adds representation from our delegation on an area important to our region and our state.
Suzan was also assigned to the House Judiciary committee, which works on a host of issues including immigration, marijuana, gun control, and intellectual property. Her background will serve her well on the subcommittee for the Intellectual Property and the Internet.
She co-sponsored legislation to stop the doubling of interest rates for student loans, keeping college costs down for students if the legislation passes. To help local main street businesses, Suzan co-sponsored the Marketplace Fairness Act. This bipartisan legislation would close an Internet tax loophole, helping local Main Street businesses better compete with out of state online-only companies.
Suzan is an active leader in protecting Washington State’s natural resources, pushing for legislation that benefits both the local economy and our precious wild lands and water ways. She’s worked to preserve public lands in the San Juan Islands which led to the creation of the San Juan Islands National Monument in 2013. Suzan also introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Taking action to save lives and protect millions of victims of violence, Suzan was an original co- sponsor to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and is a major step forward towards the goal of ending violence against women.
Standing up to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law, Suzan joined 212 of her colleagues in Congress and signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that DOMA is unconstitutional and should be overturned.
Growing up, Suzan saw her parents struggle to make ends meet.
Determined to arm herself with a quality education, with the help of student loans and financial aid, Suzan worked her way through college and earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She later received a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
After college and graduate school, Suzan become a leader in technology and innovation.
Suzan embarked on a 12-year career at Microsoft. Among just a handful of women serving at the executive leadership level at Microsoft, Suzan worked as a corporate vice president running worldwide sales, marketing, and product management for the company's mobile technology business.
She also helped create drugstore.com as its original vice president of marketing and store development. She served as CEO and president of the startup company Nimble Technology.
Beyond her private sector experience, public service has always been central to Suzan's story. It is a key reason she decided to seek public office in the first place. She was an advisor to Global Partnerships, a microfinance nonprofit focused on providing needed loans to help create economic opportunities for people living in poverty. She has worked with the YWCA to build programs to provide transitional housing and job training to women and families struggling to get back on their feet.
In 2010, Suzan was appointed by Governor Gregoire to be the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. During one of the most difficult budget challenges in state history, Suzan worked to streamline government and save money. She also traveled the state working with small businesses to develop solutions to simplify the tax code and reduce administrative
burdens on taxpayers.
With a lifetime of business experience and community involvement, Suzan offers a vision for economic growth based on supporting the efforts of businesses and individuals to transform innovative ideas into new opportunities. She brings a depth of experience and history of achieving results that is essential in today's difficult economic and political environment.
Suzan and her husband Kurt have two children and are proud to call the 1st district home.