Elected Experience: State Senator for 47th District, 2007-present.
Other Professional Experience: Charity Fund Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, former Project Manager for the People’s Lodge Project.
Education: Studied at the University of Idaho and the Oglala Lakota College.
Community Service: Kent Chamber of Commerce member, Evergreen State College Board of Trustees, Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors, Early Learning Advisory Council, First Place School Board, Minority Executive Directors Coalition, Co-founder of Native Action Network, Kent School District’s Indian Education Parent Committee, recognized with the Award of Excellence in 2009 for a lifetime of volunteering.
Statement: Claudia Kauffman was raised in a working class family and understands these tough economic times. When the Legislature went into special session, Claudia refused any reimbursements because she believes if the legislature can't do their job on time, they shouldn't be rewarded. That's the kind of principled, independent Senator Claudia Kauffman is.
Claudia spent her whole life standing up for others as a community volunteer and in Olympia. She stood up to the Governor and party leaders to do what's right for South King County tax payers, children, and veterans. Claudia's values are straightforward; be independent; control spending; reject new taxes; create jobs; champion children and never forget veterans. Claudia voted against tax increases, against overturning voter approved I-960 and is against a state income tax.
As a foster mother and mother of a special needs child, she champions early learning. And she works to ensure families of special needs children, including children with autism, have help so their children can succeed. Claudia, her husband and children live in Kent. With your vote, Claudia will continue her work for us. Thank you.