Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives in 2011; Appointed to the Washington State Senate in 2012
Other Professional Experience: Legislative Aide U.S. House of Representatives; Founding Attorney, Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg PLLC; Associate Attorney, Riddell Williams P.S.; Marketing-Public Affairs, WCT Communications; Research Assistant, University of California, San Francisco, School of Public Health.
Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1991; UCLA School of Law, JD, 1998.
Community Service: Education Finance Legislative Task Force 2012; Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation, 2011-2012; Board Member Innovate Washington (Public Private Partnership To Promote Emerging Washington Companies); Former Board Member Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Statement: During my first term, I tried to stay out of the partisanship and sideshows to get things done. I worked on saving our college work-study program and providing better information to students on their potential debt burdens. I led Washington to become the first state in the country to ban carcinogenic asphalt products that were hazards to human health and our urban waters. I helped pass legislation to provide more fairness from large financial institutions for homeowners and our poorest citizens. I passed legislation to improve our state’s childcare investment and to protect domestic violence victims. I worked for women’s health and our social safety net. I brought landlord and tenant groups together to broker the formerly stalemated Fair Tenant Screening Act. I helped secure funds to renovate three local schools to try to alleviate overcrowding issues. I fought for North Seattle Community College, Children’s Hospital and transit options for Seattle.
Future goals: Restore higher education funding and train our workforce for the emerging jobs in our tech and life science sectors; Fulfill our constitutional obligation to fund k-12 education; Provide health security for all Washingtonians including our 1 million uninsured. I respectfully ask for your vote.