After days of paralysis, the United States House of Representatives is finally starting to get organized so it can conduct business. A Speaker has been chosen (Kevin McCarthy, who endured fifteen rounds of balloting) and the members of the 118th Congress have taken their oaths. There are currently 222 Republican members and 212 Democratic members, with one vacancy — not counting nonvoting delegates such as D.C.‘s Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The Pacific Northwest has three new members of Congress who have not served in the institution before: Marie Gluesesenkamp Perez of Washington, Andrea Salinas of Oregon, and Lori Chavez-DeRemer, also of Oregon.
The official congressional portraits for each of our region’s new members is now available. Below, you can view the portraits and read the members’ biographies.
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D)
Representing Washington’s 3rd Congressional District
Representative Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, former small business owner, and working mom who serves as Southwest Washington’s independent voice in Congress. As the daughter of an immigrant and pastor, Marie learned by example the importance of working for her community.
Marie earned her degree in economics at Reed College and co-owned an auto repair and machine shop with her husband, Dean, before coming to Congress. They were able to purchase their building with the help of an SBA loan and know the difficult choices small business owners often need to make.
In Congress, Marie is fighting to make progress on the issues facing Southwest Washingtonians, defend democracy, and level the playing field for working families like hers.
Marie lives in rural Skamania County with her husband and young son.
Gluesenkamp Perez defeated Republican Joe Kent in November.
Andrea Salinas (D)
Representing Oregon’s new 6th Congressional District
Congresswoman Andrea Salinas is the proud daughter of a Mexican immigrant and looks forward to serving in Congress to level the playing field for working families like hers. Her father came to this country as a child and picked cotton and tomatoes in the fields of the Rio Grande Valley. Her family’s story is an American story – one where hard work can provide a path to a better life.
She was born in San Mateo, California and grew up in Pleasant Hill, California.
She was the first person in her family to attend a four-year university and earned her degree from University of California, Berkeley.
Upon graduation, Andrea wanted to serve her community and country by choosing a path of public service. She served as a US congressional aide and policy advisor to Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Pete Stark. Andrea and her husband, Chris, moved to Oregon upon the birth of their daughter, Amelia.
In Oregon, Congresswoman Salinas served as a district aide for Congresswoman Darlene Hooley where she fell in love with the communities of the Willamette Valley. After working for Rep. Hooley, she served as an advocate for labor unions, environmental groups, and reproductive rights organizations. In 2017, she was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives and served through the end of her term in 2022. In the Oregon House of Representatives, she served as House Majority Whip and was the Chair of the House Health Care Committee.
Congresswoman Andrea Salinas looks forward to serving Oregon’s Sixth Congressional District in the 118th Congress.
Salinas defeated Republican Mike Erickson in November.
Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R)
Representing Oregon’s 5th Congressional District
Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer is proud to represent Oregon’s 5th congressional district that covers Linn County, most of Clackamas County, Deschutes County, and parts of Multnomah and Marion Counties, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to serving in Congress, Lori started her public service career in 2002 on the Happy Valley Parks Committee, where she helped build the Happy Valley 4th of July Festival that it is today. Later she won a seat on the Happy Valley City Council and became City Council President. She was elected to Mayor in 2010, becoming Happy Valley’s first female and Latina elected mayor. She was re-elected in 2014. In 2022, she was elected the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Oregon’s 5th congressional district. She is the one of the first Latinas and first Republican woman elected to Congress from the state of Oregon.
Lori is a mom and small businesswoman. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. Shawn DeRemer, and supported the couple as he finished medical school. Later they founded an Anesthesia management company and opened several other medical clinics in the Pacific Northwest.
Lori and Shawn are parents of twin daughters, who are making their own footprints in the world. Annie works as a senior recruiter for Anesthesia Associates Northwest while Emilie is an assistant public defender in Michigan.
Chavez-DeRemer defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner in November.
NPI congratulates our region’s new members of Congress on taking their oaths. We wish them the best as they begin their new responsibilities.