Smith: “I’m proud to endorse Kristine Reeves for Congress. I know she will be a tireless advocate for Washington’s middle class families.”
After launching her campaign for Washington’s 10th Congressional District, Kristine Reeves announced the endorsement of Congressman Adam Smith.
Widely respected for his commitment to national security, economic growth, and military families across Washington state, Congressman Smith is Chair of the House Armed Services Committee. Smith stated, “having worked with Kristine on countless efforts to invest in education, health care, and defense-related economic development across Washington state -- I know Kristine will be a tireless advocate for middle class families. Kristine has a tremendous ability to bring people together to solve problems. Simply put -- she’s relentless. I’m proud to endorse Kristine Reeves for Congress.”
Reeves, a working mom with two young kids, is a Moses Lake native who grew up in and out of the foster care system, even facing homelessness at points during her childhood. With the help of grants and scholarships, Reeves was the first in her family to graduate from college. She went on to help veterans and military families, defeat a Republican incumbent in the Washington State Legislature, and achieve progressive priorities for working families that set a national model. She launched a campaign for Congress after the announced retirement of Congressman Denny Heck.
Reeves said: “I’m proud to have the support of Adam Smith, as we build this broad-based, grassroots campaign. I’m running for Congress to fight for what’s right. That means taking on politics as usual, to break through the gridlock so we can invest in critical priorities like education, health care, and job creation. Most of all, it means bringing people together to get things done.”
Reeves launched her campaign with a social media video, which can be seen here.
A Moses Lake native, Kristine grew up the daughter of a single mother who struggled with substance abuse and relied heavily on social services including Head Start and food stamps. In and out of foster care and even homeless at points in her childhood, Kristine’s journey to elected state representative, a Director of Economic Development in the state Commerce Department, and happily married mother of two children is a testimony to the value of public education and the critical investment of public-school educators in transforming her life and helping her break the cycle of poverty.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Kristine received her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and a master’s degree from Gonzaga University. (Go Zags!). Kristine then served as an immigration advisor at several higher education institutions and as South Sound Regional Director and then Statewide Veterans Representative for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
In 2016, Kristine defeated a Republican incumbent for Washington’s 30th Legislative district, becoming the first African-American woman elected to the Washington House in 18 years and the only woman in the legislature with children under the age of 5. Kristine’s hard work in the Washington House resulted in multiple achievements that have provided a national model for progressive action including ensuring educators can afford to live and work in the communities in which they teach our kids, launching a program to link students with apprenticeships and on the job training, passing the country’s most progressive paid family leave policy, and more. In December 2019, Kristine stepped down from her state legislative seat to run for Congress.
Kristine, a working mom who understands the balance between working hard to succeed and raising a family, is the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for the state of Washington. She lives with her husband Camron and two small children in Federal Way.