Elected Experience: Washington State Senator
Other Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor, Outstanding Faculty Award (Seattle University Law School); Mediator, Arbitrator, Attorney, Bellevue, WA; Professionalism Award, Public Justice Award (Washington State Association for Justice); Governor, President’s Award (Washington State Bar)
Education: Harvard Law School (J.D., 1978); University of Michigan (B.A., 1975)
Community Service: Actively serving our community over 30 years, I have volunteered with Harborview; Eastside Legal Assistance Program; YMCA Parent-Child Program; Lake Bellevue Water Quality Committee; UW Multiethnic Alumni Partnership (MAP); Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center; pro bono General Counsel, National Karate Federation overseeing Paralympics bylaw revisions; Disciplinary Hearing Officer, Special District Counsel, Washington State Bar
Statement: I'm your Senator, working hard for you in Olympia. Thank you for your trust in me. Appointed unanimously by the nonpartisan King County Council, I hit the ground running, making our government live within its means, protecting those things we hold dear. I came to Olympia with fresh eyes, working for you, not special interests, challenging insurance company abuses and special interest tax loopholes, refusing travel/meal reimbursements during special session.
Responsive. I work overtime to be available: five town halls; newsletters; responding personally to thousands of e-mails and calls; visiting your homes.
Effective. Following the tragic murders of four Lakewood police officers, I drafted a Constitutional amendment, passed unanimously, giving our judges the discretion needed to keep our communities safe from violent criminals, while protecting our civil liberties.
Independent. I ask for your support for my independent, practical approach: making government answer to taxpayers; supporting schools, vocational programs, small businesses; creating jobs; keeping our families safe; serving you. Endorsements: Fred Jarrett; Dow Constantine; Rabbi Jim Mirel; Tony Ventrella; League of Education Voters; Washington Education Association; Children's Campaign Fund; Bellevue Police Management Association; Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs; Washington Council of Firefighters; NARAL; Planned Parenthood; Sierra Club; many others.