Washington Sen. Patty Murray announces her re-election campaign

Senator Patty Murray

SEATTLE, Wash. — Democratic Senator Patty Murray is once again running for re-election, kicking off her 2022 campaign with an announcement on Monday morning. She faces competition from two Washington state Democrats, two independents and Pasco Republican Tiffany Smiley.

Sen. Patty Murray was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 and has held her position ever since. She wears many hats in the Senate, serving as the Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Budget, and Veteran Affairs Committees.

More recently, Murray played a crucial role in refining provisions in the American Rescue Act — the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill championed by President Joe Biden. She’s currently working on another major infrastructure package being introduced by U.S. Democrats called the American Families and Jobs Plans.

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She offered the following comments in a video announcement of her campaign for re-election.

“I’ve fought every day to get relief into the hands of people who need itgetting vaccines into arms, helping schools reopen safely, supporting our small businesses, and getting relief directly to our families,” Sen. Murray said. “I’m still in the fight for you, and your family, and all of Washington state—and together we can keep making a difference and make progress.”

A former preschool teacher, Sen. Murray worked her way up from local school boards to the Washington state Senate before landing in her role with the United States Senate. Though she’s addressing national issues, Sen. Murray remains focused on addressing issues that are impacting residents throughout Washington state.

“Now, with a Democratic majority and the White House, we’ve got an opportunity to move forward on the issues that I hear about every day when I’m talking to people in our state and making sure that workers and families—not those at the very top—come first in that other Washington,” Sen. Murray said.


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