U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s diligent work on digital privacy easily earns her a third term in Congress.

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THE boundaries of the 1st Congressional District were redrawn in 2012 to ensure the region had at least one “swing” district equally competitive to both parties.

It says quite a bit about U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene that the district appears now to be firmly hers. With a solid legislative record over two terms, and minimal competition this year, DelBene easily earns an endorsement for a third term

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Strengths: Represented the divergent interests of farm and technology in her sprawling district; nuanced, regionally focused solutions

It says quite a bit about DelBene that the district appears now to be firmly hers. With a solid legislative record over two terms, and minimal competition this year, DelBene easily earns an endorsement for a third term ..."

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The Medina Democrat has represented the divergent interests of farm and technology in her sprawling district, which stretches from Redmond to the Canadian border. Working on behalf of farms in the northern swath, DelBene tucked key dairy provisions into the 2014 farm bill. As a former Microsoft executive, DelBene is a leader on digital privacy, cutting through political noise on issues such as cellphone encryption and a long-overdue update of laws protecting email from warrantless searches.

DelBene checks most of the boxes for nuanced, regionally focused solutions to national problems. She is a sponsor of comprehensive immigration-reform legislation and supported renewal of the Export-Import Bank. She also provided appropriate criticism of the specious GOP-led committee investigating Planned Parenthood.

She voted for fast-track authority to allow the Obama administration to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she continues to consider.

Overall, DelBene is a smart, hardworking lawmaker, and her opponents this year, including Republican Robert Sutherland and independent Alex Storms, are not serious competition.