Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)[i]
Dean’s Car Care, Inc. (Co-Owner); Democratic National Committee (Washington State Representative); Stevenson Downtown Association (Executive Director); Underwood Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (Member)[ii]
BA, Reed College[iii]
Big Money Out of Politics; Reproductive Freedom; Stop Inflation; Affordable Child Care; Taking on Big Pharma; Helping Small Businesses; American Manufacturing; Support Pathways to Skills & Degrees; Fix the Supply Chain; Environment; Self Sufficiency; Safe Communities[iv]
On the Issues
Gluesenkamp Perez is pro-choice and believes women have the right to control their own bodies. A staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, Gluesenkamp Perez was “outraged” by the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She has pledged to always fight for a woman’s right to choose “no matter what the Supreme Court rules.”[v] [vi] [vii] [viii] [ix]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Gluesenkamp Perez has accused elected officials of being “completely out of touch” with voters struggling with “rising costs of food, gas, housing and prescription drugs.” To address rising inflation, Gluesenkamp Perez supports increasing the labor supply and workforce participation, raising wages, and making corporations “pay their fair share” in taxes and stop price gouging. She has also called for expanding child tax credits and supporting American manufacturing by cutting red tape and streamlining services. One of Gluesenkamp Perez’s first priorities in Congress will be to bring down gas prices by holding gas companies accountable.[x] [xi] She has also promised to “stand up for workers” and support legislation like the PRO Act.[xii]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
One of Gluesenkamp Perez’s top priorities in Congress will be to take on Big Pharma, which she has accused of price gauging and constantly looking for ways to “raise the prices of life saving medicine for the sake of corporate profit.” Gluesenkamp Perez will fight for lower prescription drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies, requiring commercial insurance plans to cover insulin, and capping insulin prices at $35 a month.[xiii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Gluesenkamp Perez argues that curbing legal immigration in the US would be “economic sabotage.” She advocates for “streamlining the amnesty process” at the border to “clear a backlog and dissuade people with valid amnesty claims from illegally crossing the border.”[xiv] The daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Gluesenkamp Perez strongly criticized her opponent’s stances on immigration during the campaign, including his calls to end all immigration and ban birthright citizenship.[xv] [xvi]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
In Congress, Gluesenkamp Perez says she will “work to increase the starting pay for police officers so we can recruit and retain the best public servants.” She supports increasing funding for “police, fire, and first responders” and will work to “strengthen training for police officers.” Gluesenkamp Perez will also help build “more community-based policing programs” and ensure state and local officials “have the resources and tools required to get Fentanyl and illegal guns off our streets.”[xvii] She frequently criticized her opponent’s calls to defund the FBI and the US Department of Justice and accused him of wanting to defund local law enforcement.[xviii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Gluesenkamp Perez believes the US “had a free and fair election in 2020, one in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump nationally,” and says claims stating otherwise are “dangerous, irresponsible, and disqualifying.” In Congress, she has pledged to “stand strong” to preserve election integrity and “protect our democracy from attacks like we witnessed on January 6th.” Gluesenkamp Perez has praised Washington State’s electoral process, noting that its vote-by-mail system “works well and boosts participation” and “has proven itself to be safe and secure, with built-in safeguards like signature verification.”[xix]
Gluesenkamp Perez has argued that the US needs “more skilled workers and cheaper degrees.” In Congress, she will work to “expand access to career and technical training at high schools, community colleges and vocational schools.”[xx] [xxi] During her campaign, she criticized her opponent’s calls to abolish the US Department of Education.[xxii] [xxiii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Gluesenkamp Perez believes climate change is real and advocates for “practicable, comprehensive, environmental stewardship.” She argues that the US must transition away from a fossil fuel economy and invest in clean energy sources like hydro, wind, and solar power. In Congress, she will advocate for American energy independence, asserting that “Americans deserve the autonomy that only comes from a secure, affordable, independent source of energy.” She also argues that companies should have more access to “renewable packaging like cardboard and glass,” and that those “who choose to use high levels of plastic packaging [should] share the financial burden of ensuring it is properly recycled.”[xxiv] [xxv]
Gluesenkamp Perez is a gun owner and supports the Second Amendment but disagrees with the notion that the US “can’t take commonsense actions that don’t infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners.” Gluesenkamp Perez favors raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic rifles to 21 but does not support banning them altogether.[xxvi] She also expressed support for the bipartisan gun law passed in June 2022, calling it a “good model.” In Congress, Gluesenkamp Perez says she will “strive to work across the aisle to find common ground and make progress on reducing gun violence.”[xxvii] [xxviii]
Gluesenkamp Perez supports Ukraine “in its fight for freedom and democracy.” During the campaign, she regularly criticized her opponent for his calls to “abandon” the country in its struggle against Russia.[xxix] [xxx] [xxxi]
[i] David Weigel, “Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who voted to impeach Trump, loses in primary,” Washington Post, August 10, 2022, available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/09/jaime-herrera-beutler-washington-state-primary-impeachment/.
[ii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez LinkedIn, accessed November 14, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marie-gluesenkamp-perez-74592411b/.
[iii] Clark County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet, Clark County (WA) Auditor’s Office, June 2022, available at https://clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-06/2022ClarkCountyPrimaryVP-WEB_0.pdf.
[vi] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, August 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1562924383735521284.
[vii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, August 25, 2022, available athttps://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1562924387413925894.
[viii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, June 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1540395375864860672.
[ix] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, September 7, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1567677840942055424.
[xi] “Questions for candidates: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez,” OPB, October 24, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/24/opb-questions-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-southwest-washington-us-house-3rd-district-election/.
[xii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, September 12, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1569470791577903105.
[xiv] Troy Brynelson, “Gluesenkamp Perez, Kent vie for working-class votes in Southwest Washington,” OPB, October 24, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/24/southwest-washington-joe-kent-herrera-beutler-marie-gluesenkamp-perez/.
[xv] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, October 19, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1582910689039233024.
[xvi] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, September 21, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1572734389674704898.
[xviii] Sheraz Sadiq, “Washington’s 3rd Congressional District debate: Republican Joe Kent and Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez,” OPB, October 27, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/28/washingtons-3rd-congressional-district-debate-republican-joe-kent-and-democrat-marie-gluesenkamp-perez/.
[xix] “Questions for candidates: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez,” OPB, October 24, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/24/opb-questions-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-southwest-washington-us-house-3rd-district-election/.
[xxi] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, October 19, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1582863959262375936.
[xxii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, August 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1562551774099406850.
[xxiii] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, August 29, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1564379252858187777.
[xxv] “Questions for candidates: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez,” OPB, October 24, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/24/opb-questions-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-southwest-washington-us-house-3rd-district-election/.
[xxvi] Melissa Santos, “MAGA Republican faces rural Democrat in 3rd Congressional District,” Axios, October 18, 2022, available at https://www.axios.com/local/seattle/2022/10/18/joe-kent-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-washington-3rd-district.
[xxvii] “Questions for candidates: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez,” OPB, October 24, 2022, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/24/opb-questions-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-southwest-washington-us-house-3rd-district-election/.
[xxviii] Emily Cochrane & Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Biden Signs Gun Bill Into Law, Ending Years of Stalemate,” New York Times, June 25, 2022, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/25/us/politics/gun-control-bill-biden.html.
[xxix] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, October 30, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1586825197554110464.
[xxx] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, October 11, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1579938495837396992.
[xxxi] Marie Gluesenkamp Perez Twitter, September 27, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/MGPforCongress/status/1574968816295378944.