Latino Victory Fund Endorses “First Latina” Candidate Kristine Reeves for Congress

 Reeves is part of the organization’s First Latinas program, which aims to elect trailblazing Latinas. If elected, Reeves will be the first Afro-Latina elected to Congress. 

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of Kristine Reeves for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. If Reeves is elected in November, she would be the first Afro-Latina elected to Congress. The Washington primary election will be held on Aug. 04, 2020.

“Kristine’s compelling life story complements her extensive experience in public service–she’s the type of effective leader we need in Congress,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president & CEO.“Kristine will continue advocating for her community in Congress–she’ll fight for working families, veterans and military families, and access to quality, affordable healthcare. Latino Victory is proud to stand with Kristine to ensure she wins this primary and makes history in November.” 

Meet Kristine Reeves

Kristine is running for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. She and Candace Valenzuela, candidate for Texas’ 24th Congressional District, Kristine, are Latino Victory candidates who might make history by becoming the first Afro-Latinas elected to Congress.

Kristine grew up the daughter of a single mother who struggled with substance abuse and relied heavily on social services including Head Start and food stamps. In and out of foster care and even homeless at points in her childhood, Kristine’s journey to elected state representative, a Director of Economic Development with the Washington State Commerce Department, and happily married mother of two children is a testimony to the value of public education and the critical investment of public-school educators in transforming her life and helping her break the cycle of poverty. She has served the state as an immigration advisor to several higher education institutions, helping hundreds of international students pursue educational opportunities in the United States. As the South Sound Regional Director and Statewide Veterans Representative for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, she worked on veterans’ health care, improving military transition and workforce development. She worked for 6.5 years in the Washington Commerce Department as the Director of the Military and Defense Sector, where she helped foster economic opportunities for military families, veterans, and the community. In 2016, Kristine was elected as a Democratic State Representative in the 30th Legislative District and was re-elected in 2018.