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July 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s husband, Kurt, leaving as Microsoft Office president

Kurt DelBene, center, at his wife Suzan DelBene's mock swearing in after her election to Congress in November 2012.

Kurt DelBene, center, at his wife Suzan DelBene’s mock swearing in after her election to Congress in November 2012. At left is House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

WASHINGTON — Among the biggest news nuggets from this morning’s announcement about the corporate overhaul at Microsoft is the retirement of Kurt DelBene, president of the company’s Office division and husband of Rep. Suzan DelBene, a freshman Democrat from Medina.

Might that clear the way for Kurt DelBene to take on a more visible role in his wife’s career?

Kurt Delbene has largely avoided mixing business and politics. He has made rare fundraising pitches on his wife’s behalf, but otherwise has kept a low profile. He has declined to publicly weigh in on visas for temporary skilled workers, a legislative priority for Microsoft and an issue Suzan DelBene is involved in as a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Suzan DelBene, herself a former Microsoft vice president, poured more than $5 million of her own money into two congressional races before being elected last November. She joined Microsoft in 1989, three years before her husband. The two married in 1997.

DelBene’s campaign office in Bothell did not immediately respond to a telephone and email requests for comment.

 

 

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