Elected Experience: Washington State Senator since 2001 House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001
Other Professional Experience: Former Journalist and Communications Director
Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science; Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California
Community Service: Board Member- Judson Park Retirement Center 1981- present Board Member- Economic Opportunity Institute, 2005-present Board of Trustees- Highline Community College 1994-2001 Past Member- Federal Way Public Academy PTSA Statement: Education must continue to be a top priority. My three children attended our local public schools, and we know first hand how expensive college is. I understand how critical it is to provide our kids and educators with the resources they need to be successful.
I have championed the cause of healthcare. When budget problems forced cuts from the vaccine universal purchase program, I was determined to find another way. We passed legislation creating a non-profit organization to purchase and provide these critical vaccines to children insured by health plans. I similarly led a successful effort to ban the use of the chemical BPA in products made for children such as sports and baby bottles. Experts believe that BPA damages the reproductive health of infants and young children.
I played a key role in making progress towards job creation through the passage of the JOBS Act, which paves the way for creating tens of thousands of new living wage jobs, and will help school districts to save millions by making schools more energy efficient.
I pledge to continue working hard on our goals, expanding opportunities, bringing people together and getting things done. I ask for your support and your vote.