Candidate, U.S. Senate Washington
Growing up on a farm in rural Washington, Tiffany Smiley’s life was like that of so many other children – happily heading to school each day, playing sports with her friends, and dreaming of one day becoming a nurse so she could help families in her community. When she married her high school sweetheart, Scotty Smiley, and achieved her goal of becoming a triage nurse, Tiffany thought she had realized her piece of the American Dream.
In April of 2005, Tiffany’s dreams changed in an instant. The phone rang, and moments later Tiffany knew that their lives had irrevocably changed forever. Tiffany learned Scotty, while serving America in Iraq, had been severely wounded by a suicide bomber, causing him to fall into a coma and permanently lose sight in both of his eyes. Upon hearing the news, Tiffany immediately booked a flight for Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, D.C, to be by Scotty’s side. When Tiffany arrived, Scotty was still in trauma care, and she was informed that Scotty would never be able to serve his nation again in uniform. Tiffany was even asked to sign a document, right there on the spot, consenting to Scotty’s immediate discharge from the Army.
The U.S. Military learned about Tiffany’s strength, courage, and resolve that day when she promptly refused. Rather than simply going along with Army protocols and the federal bureaucrats who were insisting she immediately sign the paperwork, Tiffany fought for her husband, his dreams, and for the care she knew he had earned. Tiffany pushed aside her professional dreams to focus on nursing her husband back to health, and fighting to ensure that Scotty’s recovery would not be compromised by inefficient government bureaucracy. She was determined that he would never become just another number in the unreliable VA system. To this day, Tiffany and Scotty have made fighting to ensure every veteran gets the benefits and care they deserve one of their highest priorities.
The farm girl from rural Washington took on the federal government… and won. Tiffany not only made sure Scotty received the care he needed, but her relentless efforts allowed Scotty to demonstrate that his remarkable abilities greatly outweighed any disability he sustained. Scotty went on to serve as America’s first blind active-duty Army officer, breaking barriers for many who followed along the way. Scotty would also earn his MBA from Duke University and was described by Duke’s Legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski as an American hero.
Today, Tiffany and Scotty are the proud parents of three young boys. Her passion for helping others continues unabated today, illustrated by her unwavering commitment to empowering people who face adversity and fighting for critical reforms that help America’s veterans. Tiffany uses her life’s trials and victories to inspire many like her, including those who have felt held down, held back, or pushed around by elected officials and government bureaucrats. Tiffany “It’s not every day you hear about American women going up against the U.S. Military. But Tiffany Smiley, 38, from Pasco, WA, defied the government in a big way—and won.” – SPARTAN.COM and Scotty travel across the country sharing their remarkable story to help others discover and harness their power to confront and overcome life’s unexpected challenges. Tiffany also works with women in business, helping them shatter barriers, and encouraging them to never let life’s challenges stop them from realizing their dreams and their full potential. Now, Tiffany Smiley is running for the United States Senate to take that same fight and optimistic spirit to help Washington families achieve their American Dreams. Tiffany believes that now, more than ever, Washingtonians need a voice to find solutions to their unique problems and end the partisan gridlock in Congress.