Murray: “I’ve fought every day to get relief into the hands of people who need it
—getting vaccines into arms, helping schools reopen safely, supporting our small businesses, and getting relief directly to our families.”
Murray: “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.”
Seattle, WA — Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the launch of her 2022 reelection campaign. In announcing her reelection campaign, Senator Murray released the following video.
Senator Murray currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and also serves as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Budget, and Veteran Affairs Committees. At the start of this Congress, Murray played a pivotal role in crafting major provisions of the American Rescue Plan. This legislation has brought a historic and desperately needed influx of billions of federal dollars into Washington state to save lives and livelihoods, helping get shots in arms and money in pockets. Currently she is helping to write the American Families and Jobs Plans as a part of the next major infrastructure package, advancing major priorities for Washington state families like paid leave, free community college, and affordable child care for everyone who needs it.
Senator Murray, a former preschool teacher, famously entered the political arena after fighting to save a preschool program on the chopping block, when a state legislator told her she was, “Just a mom in tennis shoes… You can’t make a difference.” From that moment, Patty Murray mobilized more than 13,000 parents to eventually save that preschool program from budget cuts. Murray went on to serve as a school board member and state senator before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992. She has been fighting for Washington state’s workers, families, and communities ever since.
A transcript of the video can be found below:
Hi everyone—I am so excited to share with you that I’m officially launching my campaign for re-election.
I got my start in politics because someone told me I couldn’t make a difference—I was just a mom in tennis shoes.
I ran to be a voice in the other Washington for the people of our state and to fight for workers and families dealing with the same challenges as mine did: like health care, education, and opportunity.
I’ve been proud to stand up for our state’s values and priorities, and also to find common ground whenever I can to help families and communities across Washington state.
The last four years—and especially the last one—have been so hard on people across our state, and I’ve fought every day to get relief into the hands of the people who need it—getting vaccines into arms, helping schools reopen safely, supporting our small businesses, and getting relief directly to our families.
And I believe that 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.
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. Let’s lace up those tennis shoes and get to work!