"The work has already begun," says Congresswoman-elect Kim Schrier
ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Dr. Kim Schrier is now Congresswoman-elect after defeating Dino Rossi in the 8th Congressional District race.
Thursday was a day of pictures, congratulations, and preparation for Schrier as her victory started to sink in.
She stood for a moment in her field office in Issaquah admiring a New York Times article that was published just days before the mid-term election about faces of change.
She’s now one of them.
Her photo was published near the middle of the page
"It is sinking in," Schrier told KOMO News. "I mean, the work has already begun, right?"
Her work includes building new relationships and a team, getting an office ready in Washington, D.C., looking at committees and training. All of those logistics need to be taken care of before she’s sworn in.
The political newcomer is part of a big wave of women elected to Congress. According to CNN, at least 100 women will win House of Representatives races.
That's the most ever.
"I haven’t really stopped to think about it. This wave has been going on for two years really. I’m excited about the sisterhood that I’ll be joining," Schrier said. "I would say it’s about time. We’re half of the population. We were until the other day – only 20 percent of Congress. And I think that this voice matters. The voice of a woman doctor matters. The voice of women matters."
"I just think that having more women in Congress will make a difference in issues that matter to women and families," she added.
Those issues include health care, women's reproductive rights, paid family leave and the cost of prescription drugs – a topic she believes both parties can find common ground on in this divided Congress.
Schrier's victory comes after the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Some have already raised concerns about how that could affect Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
"I think it should give us all concern and it is the reason that one of the first things we need to be pursuing is protecting the Mueller investigations," Schrier said. "I have believed all along that it is in the country’s best interest to know what happened in the 2016 elections, to know how much foreign countries are meddling in our elections and to pursue this. This is not a partisan issue. This is an American issue."
Schrier admitted she is a bit overwhelmed by her transition and the work ahead.
During her speech on Tuesday night, she thought about the team that helped get her here and how definitive her win was in a district never represented by a democrat, she told KOMO News.
She's ready for the challenges ahead, she said.
She hopes she can deliver.
"I’ve had this life of learning and this is just the next step in that learning process," Schrier told KOMO News. "I want to do this job as well as I possibly can. That matters a lot."