A dedicated advocate with deep working-class roots
Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, small business owner, and pro-choice mother who represents Washington’s 3rd District. Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez has deep roots in Washington State: her great-great-grandfather helped build the state’s Capitol building, and her own parents met at Western Washington University after her father immigrated from Mexico. She now owns an independent auto repair and machine shop with her husband, Dean. “I won my race by working with people of all political stripes who believe in democracy, community, and our rights,” Gluesenkamp Perez has said. “I’ll do that same work in Congress to get the job done.”
A pro-choice champion for Washingtonians
Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez is an outspoken advocate who puts Washingtonians first in Congress: she has said that she prefers to get her “hands dirty fixing things, not working the system.” As a small business owner, she knows firsthand how difficult it’s been to navigate the rising cost of living and works to ensure that families who are following the rules do not fall further behind as large corporations refuse to pay their fair share. She believes that people should be fairly compensated for their work, and is a strong advocate for affordable health care and child care. Gluesenkamp Perez is committed to fighting for reproductive freedom amid national attacks on abortion access, and she has said she will stand up to any politician telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Gluesenkamp Perez is fighting for every Washingtonian in Congress, and working to advance justice, equity, and opportunity for every American.
A must-win race against an extremist Republican
Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez ran a strong grassroots campaign that beat the odds in an open seat in 2022, and now she is facing her first reelection fight. Her 2022 opponent, Joe Kent, an anti-choice Trump-endorsed Republican with ties to white nationalists and Nazi-sympathizers, demanded a recount, refused to accept the results of the election, and then promptly announced that he was running again. EMILYs List is proud to stand with Gluesenkamp Perez, a pro-choice champion, in her fight against a candidate who celebrated the fall of Roe v. Wade and who advocates for a national abortion ban with no exceptions. We know she has what it takes to hold Washington’s 3rd District blue with our full support behind her.