Black Caucus Members, Diverse and Progressive Leaders Across Washington State Support Reeves for Congress
State Rep. Debra Entenman: “Kristine Reeves has proven she’s the one who can take on the toughest challenges and achieve meaningful, progressive change, to build an economy that works for all of us. She will never stop fighting for Washington state’s working families. It’s why we need her in Congress.”
Today, Kristine Reeves announced the endorsement of seven Washington state legislators, including several Members of the Black Caucus. In the legislature, Reeves worked with this diverse group of members to champion progressive change including fighting for pay equity, combating consumer debt, breaking the school to prison pipeline, and closing the educational opportunity gap.
Reeves, a founding Member of the Black Members Caucus, continues to build momentum for her grassroots campaign with previously announced endorsements from Congressman Adam Smith and State Representative Melanie Morgan, who is also a founding member of the Black Caucus.
The following Washington state Legislators endorsed Kristine Reeves today:
State Rep. John Lovick, a former Washington State Trooper and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, is a founding Member of the Black Caucus who represents the 44th district. In the House, Lovick has passed efforts to expand seat belt use and reduce auto theft.
State Rep. Debra Entenman represents the 47th district in the State House, the former District Director for Congressman Adam Smith, and is also a founding Member of the Black Caucus. In the legislature, Enteman has been passionate about increasing educational opportunities for people of all ages and stages of life.
State Rep. Eric Pettigrew represents the 37th district and is also a founding member of the Black Caucus. Serving in the legislature since 2002, Pettigrew has worked to promote economic development, create new affordable housing opportunities, and expand educational opportunities.
State Sen. Mona Das represents the 47th district in the State Senate. She was born in India and immigrated with her family as a child. In the legislature, she has focused on sustainable development, sustainability and the environment, and equality and equity.
State Rep. Amy Walen, the former Mayor of Kirkland, represents the 48th district. The legislature, Reeves and Walen teamed up to pass consumer debt relief bills that impact working families across Washington state.
State Rep. Cindy Ryu, the first Korean American woman mayor in America, is the former Mayor of Shoreline, and currently represents the 32nd district. During her five terms in the legislature, Ryu has advocated for increased access to affordable housing and home ownership.
State Rep. Javier Valdez represents the 46th district. He previously served as a board member of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was the first President of the County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2), Local 21-C.
On the latest endorsements from seven key Washington state legislators, Reeves said, “I’m proud to have support from these seven leaders with whom I’ve worked side-by-side to break through gridlock and achieve real, progressive results. I’m running for Congress to build on the progressive priorities we’ve achieved in Washington state -- to bring them to the national level.”
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.