Congresswoman Schrier Announces Issaquah Cancer Survivor Will Be Her Guest to the State of the Union

February 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) announced that she will host Issaquah resident Jenell Payne Tamaela as her guest to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Jenell was diagnosed with stage 3c colon cancer in Summer, 2016. She has since become an advocate for better access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions, and lower costs of prescription drugs and health care coverage. Jenell and Rep. Schrier are two of an estimated 300,000 people with pre-existing conditions in the 8th District.

“I am so happy that Jenell will be my guest for the State of the Union,” said Rep. Schrier. “We both know too well what it feels like to worry about getting health care when you have a pre-existing condition. One of my top priorities, especially as the only female physician in Congress, is to make sure that everyone has access to affordable health care and prescription drugs. I will keep fighting for these important changes.”

“It is an honor to attend the State of the Union as the guest of Rep. Schrier. It is important to me to bring attention to the costs of what happens when you get sick. I consider myself to be one of the lucky people who was able to afford the out-of-pocket costs of my cancer treatment and surgeries. However, too many people in this country cannot afford out-of-pocket costs, or their premiums. And that puts their lives in danger. I am so proud of Rep. Schrier, who I know will be our champion in Congress,” added Jenell.

Rep. Schrier and Jenell will be made available for interviews on Monday, February 4th in district. They will also be available for interviews before or after the State of the Union on Tuesday, February 5th in Washington, D.C. To set up an interview, please contact Libby Carlson at