B.A. in Business, University of Washington; M.B.A., Clark
KEY HEALTH LINK
Strickland has previously worked at the American Cancer Society.
Mayor of Tacoma, 2010-2017; Tacoma City Council Member, 2008-2009
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Strickland finished first in Washington 10th Congressional District’s jungle primary, advancing to the general election against fellow Democrat Beth Doglio.
Denny Heck (D), declined re-election to run for Lt. Governor of Washington
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Strickland worked for several businesses including manager of Starbucks’ online business and helping launch the City of Tacoma’s public broadband cable service Click!. Strickland’s first elected position was in 2008 as Tacoma City Councilwoman. She then served as Mayor.
On The Issues
In a statement in September 2020, Strickland said, "We must honor the memories of those lost to this crisis by finally addressing the public health crisis with a comprehensive, science-based plan for prevention, testing, tracing, treatment, and vaccinations. We must ensure we are adequately prepared to face these types of threats in the future."
Strickland supports the ACA and adding a public option that includes vision, dental and mental health as part of standard coverage. She also supports lowering the eligibility age for Medicare. She wants to strengthen protections for those with pre-existing conditions. She also wants to raise the age for young adults to stay on their parents insurance from 26 to 30.
Strickland supports the legalization of marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Strickland has stated that, as a member of Congress, she intends to work to "decriminalize mental health crises and mental illness." She also wants to see more investment in Veterans mental health services.
Strickland was involved in a lawsuit launched by the City of Tacoma against Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals for "[making] false and misleading statements about the benefits and risks of opioids to doctors and patients over ... two decades."
Strickland intends to "advocate for patent reform so generic drugs can come to market more quickly, which will lower the cost of prescriptions."
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Strickland's father was a Veteran, and she credits her family's having the medical care they needed growing up to the VA. She intends to "work to improve the Veterans Health Administration so Veterans can get the physical and mental health care they need in a timely manner." She also intends to "advocate for increased investment in the VHA’s program for suicide prevention, and call for action to improve access to mental health resources – especially for Veterans suffering from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder."
Strickland is pro-choice. Strickland intends to work for "universal free access to birth control" and funding for Planned Parenthood.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Strickland wants an end to suprirse medical bills and require cost transparency from providers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea. Along with newly elected California Representatives Michelle Steel and Young Kim, Srickland will be one of the first three Korean American women to serve in Congress. She will also be the first African American to represent Washington State at the federal level.