Elected Experience: State Senator - 5 terms; State Representative - 2 terms; Thurston County Commissioner - 2 terms; Lacey City Council member - 2 terms, with 5 of those years as Mayor, elected by the City Council; President, Washington State Association of Counties
Other Professional Experience: Adjunct Faculty, The Evergreen State College; State employee, 12 years, including Departments of Planning and Community Affairs, Employment Security, and Highways
Education: Master's of Public Administration, University of Washington; BA, University of Washington
Community Service: Member of numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, contributor to many local charities, active participant in innumerable community events
Statement: Senator Karen Fraser has a record you can trust. She's well known for her dedication to public service - as current State Senator, and as former State Representative, Thurston County Commissioner, and Lacey Mayor and City Council member. As a life-long Washingtonian, she loves living in our State, especially here in the South Puget Sound area.
She's future oriented, always working to advance high quality, fair, and cost-effective public services, with respectful treatment of public employees and public officials. She works for quality K-12 and higher education opportunities for all, affordable health care for all, a vibrant, diversified economy; and a beautiful, healthful environment. She strongly supports human dignity and human rights; respect for our state's diversified heritage; and quality lives for women. She advocates for improved outdoor recreation, consumer protection, and open, participative democratic processes.
She is a highly experienced, well respected legislative leader. Her Democratic colleagues have chosen her to chair their Caucus. She has served on, and chaired, many legislative committees, all addressing important, complex issues. She's married, with one daughter and two granddaughters.
She listens, she responds and she's fair. She has a record you can trust.