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Legislative Priorities & Accomplishments

Public Safety

We must tackle the public safety crisis in our community.  Everyone deserves a fast and effective response when they call 9-11. In the past session, we passed a series of fixes to policing that will strengthen the ability of law enforcement to keep our community safe and arrest dangerous criminals.  I led the Senate on expanding community policing through programs like Safe Streets, and will continue working across the aisle to improve these laws and adequately fund public safety.


These are challenging times for our country.  We must do more to address the affordability crisis, from rising housing costs pricing out seniors and working families alike, to the price at the pump and everywhere in-between.  It is unfair to allow working class families and people on fixed incomes to shoulder rising costs on their own.


I got my start in politics fighting for working class people and have made that the focal point throughout my years of service.  I helped fight for a higher minimum wage and for greater access to training and union apprenticeships.  I will continue to be a voice for the people in the Senate and fight for policies that improve job prospects for working class people in our district.  Including the many military families that call our district home.

Elective Office


Vice President Pro Tempore, Washington State Senate, 2018-present


Senator, Washington State Senate, District 29, 2010-present


Candidate, Washington State Senate, District 29, 2018


Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, 1992-2010


Current Legislative Committees

Member, Health and Long Term Care Committee


Member, Joint Committee on Veterans' & Military Affairs


Member, Joint Select Committee on Health Care Oversight


Vice Chair, Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee


Member, Legislative Oral History Advisory Committee


Member, Select Committee on Pension Policy


Member, Ways and Means Committee

Awards, Recognitions & Certificates


1993 WSLC Rep. of the Year


1996 WA Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, crystal free standing


1997 Voc. Tech. Education


1997 WSCFF Honorary Firefighter


1998 WSLC Rep. of the Year


1999 UW Hearing Research Ctr.


1999 WA St. Patrol, free standing


1999 WA Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, crystal free standing


2000 Paralyzed Veterans


2000 Bates Tech. Col. for HB 3077


2001 WA State Nurses Assn., Leg. of the Year


2001 NCSL San Antonio


2001 Enduring Spirit, firefighter figuring


2001 WPPW


2002 WMF Small Business Incubator


2002 WA State Council on Problem Gambling


2002 WSLC Rep. of the Year


2003 WA State School Retiree’s, Excellence Award


2003 Assn. of Plumbers, Pipefitters & Sprinkler fitters


2003 America in Solidarity, pledge


2003 WA Coalition for Tribal Self- Reliance


2004 Tacoma TEA Cert. of Appreciation


2004 WFSE George Masten Courage Award


2004 UAW


2004 WA State School Retiree’s Assn.


2004 UW TA’s & R’s


2005 Jobs with Justice


2005 SPEEA, Friends of SPEEA


2005 Distinguished Supporter of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies


2007 WA State School Retirees Association, Legislative Excellence Award

Professional Experience


Former Business Representative/Secretary-Treasurer, Local 81, United Food and Commercial Worker's Union


Labor Educator, Bates Vocational Technical Institute, 1985-1989


Coordinator, Dislocated Worker Program, United Way of Pierce County, 1983


Visiting Professor, Pacific Lutheran University, 1980-1981


Instructor, University of Oregon, 1976-1979


Civic, and other Memberships


Member, Franklin Pierce Vocational Advisory Committee, 1995-present


Board Member, Tacoma/Pierce County Family Counseling, 1995-present


Delegate, Pierce County Central Labor Council, 1981-present


Member, Pierce County Labor Council, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations


Member, Advisory Board, Harold E. LeMay Auto Museum


Visiting Committee Member, Harry Bridges Labor Studies Center


Former Chair, Labor and Workforce Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislators


Trustee, Pierce County Community Services Agency


Trustee, Washington State History Museum


Assistant Coach, South Tacoma Youth Soccer Association, 1986-1992

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