First female physician elected to Congress: 3 things to know about Dr. Kim Schrier

Kim Schrier, MD, became the first female physician elected to Congress after winning Washington's 8th Congressional District race Nov. 6.

Here are three things to know:

1. Dr. Schrier is a first-time Democratic candidate, and her campaign drew more than 4,000 active volunteers, according to The Seattle Times.

"Congress is broken, and people in the 8th District are ready for a community pediatrician to bring a dose of common sense to D.C. We deserve a representative who will take on drug companies and insurers to lower healthcare costs, who will protect pre-existing conditions, who will finally give the middle class a pay raise and who will get corporate money out of politics. That's exactly the representative I will be in Congress," she said in a statement obtained by The Seattle Times.

2. Dr. Schrier, a pediatrician, led with 53 percent of the vote as of Nov. 7. Her opponent, Republican Dino Rossi, conceded shortly after a Washington television station called the race for Dr. Schrier Nov. 7, The Seattle Times reports.

3. Dr. Schrier's win contributed to the record number of women elected to Congress this year. Before the midterm election, there were no female physicians in Congress, according to ABC News.

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