On this race: Elected Experience: State Senate, 4 years; Majority Caucus Chair, Senate Democrats; member, Senate Ways and Means; Health and Long Term Care Committee. State House, 11 years. Chair, House Transportation Committee; House Capital Budget Committee. Awards for legislative service: Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Washington Conservation Voters; Low Income Housing Congress; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; Washington State Transit Association; Anti-Defamation League; Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.
Other Professional Experience: Project Manager, University of Washington Office of Budget and Planning.
Education: B.A., Sociology, University of Portland.
Community Service: Board member, Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center; Pike Place Market Foundation; Burke Museum.
Statement: In a time of perilous budget shortfalls and unemployment, Ed Murray is the Senator we need to champion issues that matter most to our community. He has promoted local economic development funded by tourism tax dollars, and worked to develop the health technology sector and retraining of workers in high-demand fields.
Ed's legislative efforts have culminated in laws that make domestic partnerships virtually equivalent to marriage. Whether protecting childcare for working families and Basic Health Care for thousands of low-income people or improving education from preschool to college, including scholarships for college-bound youth, Ed's legislative successes span a wide range.
Widely recognized for his work on behalf of public transportation and civil rights, Ed is also a strong advocate for community mental health services and environmental health (e.g., plastic baby bottles cannot contain toxic chemicals; light bulbs must be mercury-free). Ed has worked to clean up toxic sites in Puget Sound. He will fight the attempt to make Seattle pay for cost overruns of the Alaskan Way viaduct.
As Majority Caucus Chair of the Senate Democrats, Ed is caring, responsive, and truly effective. Please join us in re-electing Senator Ed Murray.