Elected Experience: Elected to the House of Representatives in 1993; currently Chair, House Commerce & Labor Committee; Member, House Appropriations and Finance Committees; Vice Chair, Select Committee on Pension Policy.
Other Professional Experience: Secretary/Treasurer, UFCW Local 81 (1989- present); Labor Relations Instructor, Bates Vocational College (1985-1988); Visiting Professor, Pacific Lutheran University (1980-1982).
Education: BA (History), University of Portland (1966); PhD (History), University of Oregon (1979); Fulbright Fellow, London School of Economics (1973-1975).
Community Service: Current: Wapato Park Steering Committee; Visiting Committee, Harry Bridges Center, University of Washington; Board Member, Pierce County Community Services Labor Agency; Past: Trustee, Washington State Historical Society.
Statement: It is an honor to serve as your State Representative in the 29th District. I am now running for the State Senate to continue working for families in my community, using my experience to deliver results on the issues you and I care about.
I am a recognized leader in the Legislature for my work on unemployment insurance, workforce and apprenticeship training, and ‘fair share' legislation to ensure equitable distribution of correction facilities and felons in our state. I secured state funding for the following projects for our district: Wapato Lake Clean-up, South Tacoma Community Center, and LeMay Auto Museum.
I have always stood with law enforcement. In light of the recent Lakewood Police shootings, I worked during the 2010 session to pass new measures to protect uniformed officers, increase public safety, and keep our neighborhoods safe by passing tougher laws on criminals. I have supported active military and honored veterans, sponsoring legislation to help disabled, senior, and homeless veterans along with veteran-owned businesses.
Endorsed by: Tacoma Firefighters Local 31, Washington Patrol Troopers Association, United Staff Nurses, Washington Federation of Teachers, Public School Employees of Washington, Washington Building and Construction Trades, Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, SEIU, and AFSCME.