Jennifer Dunn (politician)
Jennifer Jill Dunn (née Blackburn; July 29, 1941 – September 5, 2007) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005, representing Washington's 8th congressional district.
|Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference|
July 17, 1997 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Susan Molinari|
|Succeeded by||Tillie Fowler|
|Secretary of the House Republican Conference|
January 3, 1997 – July 17, 1997
|Preceded by||Barbara Vucanovich|
|Succeeded by||Tillie Fowler|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Washington's 8th district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Rod Chandler|
|Succeeded by||Dave Reichert|
Jennifer Jill Blackburn
July 29, 1941
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||September 5, 2007 (aged 66)|
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Dennis Dunn (1965–1977)|
Keith Thomson (2003–2007)
|Children||2 (including Reagan)|
|Education||University of Washington, Seattle|
Stanford University (BA)
Born in Seattle, Washington, Dunn grew up in the nearby city of Bellevue, and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1959. She attended the University of Washington, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and Stanford University, earning business degrees. After graduation, she worked as a systems engineer.
Dunn was chair of the Washington State Republican Party from 1981 to 1992 and twice a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (1984 and 1990). Elected to the House in 1992, she was Washington's only Republican representative until the Republican Revolution of 1994 when Republicans swept all but two of Washington's nine House seats. In 1998, she became the first woman ever to run for the position of House Majority Leader.
In 2000, she served on the presidential election exploratory committee for then-Texas Governor George W. Bush. Dunn served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security and served on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. On October 10, 2002, Dunn voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
Dunn announced in 2004 she would retire from Congress, choosing not to run for re-election. Her seat was eventually filled by King County Sheriff Dave Reichert. She co-chaired the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation with former Representative Calvin Dooley. She also served as co-chair of the campaign organization "Women for Mitt" for presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the time of her death. She was succeeded in the Romney organization by U.S. Representative Kay Granger of Fort Worth, Texas.
|1992||George O. Tamblyn||87,611||34%||Jennifer Dunn||155,874||60%||Bob Adams||Independent||14,686||6%|
|1994||Jim Wyrick||44,165||24%||Jennifer Dunn||140,409||76%|
|1996||Dave Little||90,340||35%||Jennifer Dunn||170,691||65%|
|1998||Heidi Behrens-Benedict||91,371||40%||Jennifer Dunn||135,539||60%|
|2000||Heidi Behrens-Benedict||104,944||36%||Jennifer Dunn||183,255||62%||Bernard McIlroy||Libertarian||6,269||2%|
|2002||Heidi Behrens-Benedict||75,931||37%||Jennifer Dunn||121,633||60%||Mark A. Taff||Libertarian||5,771||3%|
- "Jennifer Dunn honored in Legacy Project". Washington Secretary of State. February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- "Prominent Members". Gamma Phi Beta. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
- http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/jennifer-dunn-former-congresswoman-dies Jennifer Dunn, former congresswoman, dies September 5, 2006/
- 2003 invasion of Iraq votes, govtrack.us; accessed November 9, 2015.
- Jennifer Dunn, 66, Former Washington Representative, Is Dead, September 6, 2006.
- "Jennifer Dunn Remembered". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 12, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
- United States Congress. "Jennifer Dunn (id: D000549)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Washington Secretary of State – History Makers – Jennifer Dunn
- HistoryLink.org – Jennifer Blackburn Dunn (1941–2007)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 8th congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Secretary of the House Republican Conference
| Vice Chairperson of the House Republican Conference|
| Response to the State of the Union address
Served alongside: Steve Largent