Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa) will be challenged by Pasco native and veterans advocate Tiffany Smiley in the 2022 run for one of the U.S. Senate seats in Washington.

Sen. Murray first elected in 1992, will seek her 6th term next fall. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wa), the other Senator from the Evergreen State is not up for re-election until 2024.


97.1 KXRX logo
Get our free mobile app

Smiley is the wife of Scott Smiley, who suffered blindness after being wounded in the Iraq War. See some of her amazing backstory and her opening pitch to the people below.

In another YouTube video posted today, which you can also see below, one part of the piece says on screen disclosed when a suicide bomber in Iraq blinded her husband, leaving him in trauma care, she was informed he would never be able to continue serving in uniform and was asked to sign a document consenting to his immediate discharge from the Army.

YouTube Screen Shot
YouTube Screen Shot

Rather than signing the paper work and following Army protocols, she fought for her husband, not only prevailing, but later, she became a driving force in the push that led to reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which were fast tracked and signed into law by then President Trump.

Smiley told Fox News as she announced her candidacy, "I'm running for the United States Senate to find commonsense solutions to the unique problems that are facing Washington families and our brilliant youth in this state."

"I'm a wife, I'm a mom, I'm a nurse, I'm a small business owner, I'm a military caregiver, and every day I'm talking to people in my community and this state that are struggling," Smiley emphasized. "I was a voice for my husband when he didn't have one, a voice for military families across the nation, and now I'm ready to be a voice for those in Washington state."

LOOK: Here are the best small towns to live in across America

LOOK: The Most Famous Actor Born Every Year

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

More From 97.1 KXRX