Press Release

Giffords Endorses Dr. Kim Schrier for Congress in Washington

The endorsement comes as part of Giffords’ #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide

September 26, 2018 — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Dr. Kim Schrier in Washington’s eighth congressional district.

Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician who has spent her career serving Washington children and families. She has made enacting commonsense gun safety laws a central part of her campaign, using one of her first ads to highlight the danger that unsecured firearms pose in homes where adolescents are struggling with mental illness. In Congress, Kim will have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby in order to expand background checks for all firearm sales and reinstate federal funding for research on gun violence.

“This year, voters are demanding leaders who offer more than thoughts and prayers when it comes to gun violence. They’re no longer willing to accept politicians who can’t imagine a world where schools, workplaces, churches, and communities are safe places, where our children don’t have to live in fear. The level of gun violence we experience in our country is not normal and thankfully, we finally have leaders running for office who have the courage to fight to finally address it,” said Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. “Voters are ready to elect Kim Schrier because she will always put protecting their communities over helping the gun lobby make a profit. Giffords is proud to endorse her for Congress because she will never stop fighting for what’s right.”

Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence. The political program targets incumbents in mostly suburban districts and uses a mixture of TV and digital advertising, on-the-ground organizing, and a voter registration push to create momentum for meaningful progress on gun safety.

Learn More about the Giffords 2018 political program here.


Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.