Elected Experience: Stanwood School Board, 1973-1984; Washington State House of Representatives, 1983-1992; Washington State Senate, 1993-present
Other Professional Experience: Retired Small Business Owner; Committees: Senate Transportation Chair, 1999-2002, 2005-present; Senate Financial Institutions, Insurance & Housing; Senate Agriculture & Rural Economic Development, Joint Transportation Committee Co-Chair; Senate Rules Committee; Legislative Efficiency & Accountability Program Committee; Farmland Preservation Taskforce; Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs 2011 Legislator of the Year, received WSP Troopers Association Endorsement
Education: Twin City High School, vocational school
Community Service: League of Women Voters, Eastern Star, Stanwood United Methodist Church, Utsalady Ladies Aid, South Camano Grange, Stanwood Area Historical Society
Statement: Born on an Island County farm, Mary Margaret passed along values of hard work and community to her children and grandchildren. 20-year small business owner, Mary Margaret is a tough, independent, hardworking legislator who has always prioritized the needs of her district first.
Investing in Transportation & Creating Jobs: As Transportation chair, Mary Margaret secured transportation investments that have created hundreds of local jobs and implemented strict spending audits and reforms. She’s secured funding to build five new ferries, helping maintain safe and reliable service.
Supporting Agriculture & Business: Honored by business owners and farmers, Mary Margaret has won tax reductions for local businesses and helped reduce burdensome regulations for farms. She passed bipartisan reforms to our unemployment and workers compensation systems to preserve benefits for workers, reducing costs for employers.
Investing in our Future: Despite tough times, Mary Margaret worked with members of both parties to pass a budget that protected K-12 and higher education from proposed cuts. She passed legislation to bring a four-year college to our region and will continue to fight to reduce class size and expand college and vocational opportunities. No one works harder for their district than Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.