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DNC Washington Superdelegates

05/25/2011 12:25 pm ET

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Thomas S. Foley
State: Washington

Basic Bio
* North American Chairman, The Trilateral Commission, formed "to foster closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system." Profile dated October 2007 at http://www.trilateral.org/about.htm.
* Director, Itron Inc., a Washington state firm that provides products and services such as utility meters to energy and water markets worldwide (2002 - 2007). (www.sec.gov).
* Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. from 1995 to 1997; rejoined the firm in 2001. Akin, Gump is one of the largest law firms in the world, with over 1,000 attorneys. .
* United States Ambassador to Japan, 1997 to 2001.
* United States House of Representatives, member for WA-05, 1965-1995.
+ Speaker of the House 1989 - 1995.
+ Democratic leader 1987 - 1989.
+ Democratic whip 1981-1987.
* United States Senate, special counsel of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Senate, 1961 - 1963.
* Assistant Attorney General, Washington State, 1960.
* Professor, Gonzaga University Law School, 1958-1959.
* Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Spokane County (Washington), 1958.
* University of Washington.
+ JD, 1957.
+ AB, 1951.
All information in this section comes from http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=F000239 except as noted.

Political interests and issues
* Foley supported President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Programs, the main goals of which were to eliminate poverty and racial injustice.
* He supported the Equal Rights Amendment and freedom of choice in matters of reproduction.
* "He opposed capital punishment, a constitutional amendment allowing school prayer, aid to the contras, the MX missile, nuclear testing, term limits, and... gun control" "Tom Foley." Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. 17 Vols. Gale Research, 1998. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
* He was a member of a group that challenged the constitutionally of a 1992 Washington state law that limited the terms of Washington congressional delegates. This contributed to his defeat for re-election to a 16th term in 1994. He was the first sitting House Speaker not to win re-election since 1860.


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Foley is one of Washington state's 17 Super Delegates in the Distinguished Party Leader category, as a Former Speaker of the House.
* When in office, chaired the Democratic Study Group and was head of the Democratic Caucus.
* Was selected by fellow representatives as one of the most respected members of the House, 1988 and 1989.
* Foley is not a member of the 2004 - 2008 Democratic National Committee (DNC).
* Subject of 1999 biography, Honor in the House: Speaker Tom Foley.


Pledged Status Has this superdelegate pledged support to either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? If so, when and why?
* Committed to Hillary Clinton according to a 26 December 2007 press release from Hillary for President.
* The Clark County (Washington) Daily Columbian, KEPR-TV in Pasco, Washington, and the (Spokane, Washington) Spokesman Review all showed Mr. Foley as uncommitted in mid-February of 2008. The Spokesman Review, Mr. Foley's hometown newspaper, noted on 2/13: "Some lists have Foley, who served as ambassador to Japan during the Clinton administration, as a Clinton superdelegate, but he hasn't made a public endorsement."


Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Foley has not taken an active public role in the 2008 election as of this writing.

Contributions
* In addition to the Washington state elected officials and candidates described below, Mr. Foley contributed to the Presidential campaign of John Kerry (2004), Martin Frost (TX-24, 2004) John Spratt (SC-05, 2006) Ron Klein (FL-22, 2006) Maryland Senator Ben Cardin (2006) and New York Senator Hillary Clinton (2006).
* AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America (affiliated with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer), Irish American Democrats (a PAC that supports peace, justice and prosperity in Ireland), PAC to the Future and the Akin (affiliated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) and the Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P. Civic Action Committee are among recent recipients of contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission. All information in this section comes from http://www.fec.gov/


Family Background Do they come from a political family?
* All four of Foley's grandparents were born in Ireland. (United States Census records) His maternal grandfather Stephen Higgins was a wheat farmer; his paternal grandfather Cornelius Foley was an employee of the Great Northern Railroad. Source: Newsmakers 1990, Issue 1. Gale Research, 1990. Updated: 12/03/1990.
* His father, Ralph E. Foley, who died in 1985, was a Spokane County (Washington) Superior Court Judge from 1940 to 1974. Judge Foley was a Spokane County prosecutor in the 1930s.
* Foley's wife, Heather Strachan Foley, is a lawyer who was his unpaid chief of staff when he was Speaker of the House. Her father was a United Auto Workers organizer in Detroit. She is a graduate of George Washington University and now serves as one of its trustees.
* The Foleys have no children. Foley has one sister, Maureen Latimer, who lives in Santa Rosa, California.


Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Foley was a successful candidate for the House (WA-05) in fifteen consecutive elections.

State Connections
* Foley began his career as a protégé of Washington Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who hired him to work for the Senate in the early 1960s.
* Was a contributor to the campaigns of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and to WA-06 Representative Norm Dicks, as well as to unsuccessful candidates Donald K. Barbieri, Peter James Goldmark, Bart Michael Haggin.


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Pat (Patricia) Notter
National Committeewoman
Wenatchee, Washington

Basic bio
* Graduated from the University of Washington in 1969 in the College of Architecture
* Worked in architecture until 1989
* Has lived in Wenatchee since 1978
* Married to Dr. David Notter and has two children, Katherine and Michael
* Served as City Public Works Commissioner from 1994 to 2000 in Wenatchee
* Chaired campaign committees for the Wenatchee School District 1989 M&O levy and 1990 Construction Bond, a superior court judicial candidate, the Link Regional Public Transportation System and the Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center
* Formerly Chairwoman of the Chelan County Democrats
* Currently a National Committeewoman for the Washington State Democrats
* Has served on the boards of United Way and the YMCA
* Appointed to the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University by Gov. Christine Gregoire in Nov. 2006
* Past recipient of AAUW Woman of the Year Award
* 2005 winner of Washington State Democrats Woman of the Year Award
* She and husband received the 2006 Central Washington Hospital Foundation "AZ Wells Award" for community service, all of the above from http://www.cwu.edu/~board/notter.html
* Ran for Mayor of Wenatchee in 1999 and lost in a close race, http://www.sbcc.wa.gov/minagd/1999/m1199cncl.html
* Lost the mayor race to Gary Schoessler by seven votes, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/mayrww.shtml

Involvement in the Democratic Party

* A former Chelan County Democratic chairwoman, http://wenatcheeworld.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080206/NEWS04/463346023
* Currently a National Committeewoman for the Washington State Democrats, http://www.cwu.edu/~board/notter.html

Personal political interests and issues
* Has served on the boards of United Way and the YMCA, http://www.cwu.edu/~board/notter.html
* Chaired campaign committees for the Wenatchee School District 1989 M&O levy and 1990 Construction Bond, a superior court judicial candidate, the Link Regional Public Transportation System and the Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center, http://www.cwu.edu/~board/notter.html

Involvement in the 2008 election
* Met Hillary Clinton in November and Barack Obama in December, http://wenatcheeworld.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080206/NEWS04/463346023
* Committed on the spot to Obama after meeting him in December in Washington, D.C., http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004155516_superdelegates31m.html

Contributions to candidates
* Donated $1,911 to Barack Obama, http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Notter&fname=Pat&search=Search
* First donation to Obama was 6/14/07, http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Wenatchee&st=WA&last=NOTTER&first=PATRICIA
* Has also contributed to Peter Goldmark (D) for House, Maria Cantwell (D) for Senate, Democrats of Chelan County, Darcy Burner (D) for House, Richard Wright (D) for House, Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and George Fearing (D) for House, http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Wenatchee&st=WA&last=NOTTER&first=PATRICIA

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Dwight Pelz
Washington

Basic Bio
* A fifth generation Washingtonian, Dwight was born in Seattle in 1951.
* In 1954 the family moved to Washington DC, when his father joined the staff of Seattle Congressman Don Magnuson.
* Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974, and returned to Seattle the next year.
* Was elected to the State Senate in 1990, representing the 37th District for six years.
* Chaired the Senate Education Committee for two years; and Labor and Commerce Committee, also for two years, representing South Seattle.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* For fifteen years worked as a community organizer for a variety of grassroots groups on a variety of social issues.

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Elected Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party in January, 2006, and unanimously re-elected one year later.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* In 1996, was appointed to take Ron Sims' place on the King County Council
* Elected in 1997 and re-elected for a second term in 2001.
* Became a recognized leader in the areas of transit and transportation, growth management, the environment, human services and civil rights.
* Served on the Sound Transit Board, and led the fight for the East Lake Sammamish Trail.
* In 1977, organized the statewide initiative campaign which repealed the sales tax on food.

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Ron Sims
Seattle, Washington

Basic Bio:
* Ron Sims was born in Spokane, Washington in 1984.
* He graduated from Central Washington University, where he was elected student body president. He earned a B.A. in psychology.
* Sims is currently the King County Executive, a position he has held for three terms.

Involvement in the Democratic Party:
* In 1985, Sims was elected to the King County Council and was re-elected in 1989 and 1993.
* In 1994, he was defeated by Republican Slade Gordon in an election for the U.S. Senate.
* His second bid for office was in 2004, when he announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for Washington State governor. Sims lost to Attorney General Christine Gregoire.
* He was appointed King County Executive in 1996 after previous office holder, Gary Locke.
* Sims is the president of the National Democratic County Officials.
* He is a member of the advisory board of the Brookings Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy
* He is a member of Puget Sound Clean Air Agency,
* He is Co-Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness,
* He is founding Chair of the Puget Sound Health Alliance.
* He is on the Board of Trustees for Rainier Scholars.
* Sims was more recently in the spotlight for his leadership with regard to replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Although he initially backed an $18 million dollar roads-and-transit package, he broke with his fellow elected leaders and rejected the plan due to its high cost.

Personal political interests and issues:
* During his terms as County Executive, Sims established a strong record of environmental protection. Sims protected more than 10,000 acres of green space in King County since 1997.
* In 2007, Sims received the Climate Protection Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for his comprehensive Climate Plan, which aimed at reducing the effects of global warming.
* To protect wetlands and streams, Sims passed a controversial Critical Area Ordinance that prevented land owners from developing areas of property in areas that met the definition.
* Sims also advocates less use of automobiles and pushed for more use of new fuel technologies. This resulted in Metro Transit being one of the greenest transit agencies in the nation.
* In regards to the economy, Sims cut budgets during the recession a few years ago, but preserved services such as health and social funding.
* Sims is in support of legalizing same-sex marriages in the state of Washington. He encourages same-sex couples to sue the county to have the courts- rather than state officials- decide.

Involvement in the 2008 election:
* Sims publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton and was named Co-Chair of Clinton's Washington campaign.
* On Clinton's campaign website, Sims said, "She will provide the national leadership essential to meeting the challenges of climate change that threaten our economy, environment and public health. She also understands and values the role local governments play as partners in seeking innovative solutions to our most pressing concerns nationally, including providing access to affordable quality healthcare to all Americans."
* Sims appeared at Clinton's Rally at Pier 30 in Seattle, Washington.
* There are no records of any contributions by Sims.

Family's Involvement In Politics, Democratic Party:
* Sims was born to politically active parents, Reverend James C. Sims Sr. and Lydia T. Sims. Each of his parents struggled for racial equality and Sims developed a passion for civil rights issues early in his career. Like his father, Sims is an ordained Baptist minister.

Previous Campaign Work:
* Sims supported John Edwards in the 2004 presidential campaign.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Sims worked in the office of the Washington State Attorney General, for the Federal Trade Commission, in between graduation and his election to the King County Council.
* He worked for the juvenile offenders program in Seattle. S
* Sims was also an aide in the state senate. No specific names were mentioned.

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