Elected Experience: Washington State Senate 2012-present; Washington State House of Representatives 2011; Elected Delegate, Democratic National Convention 2000.
Other Professional Experience: Legislative Aide US House of Representatives; Former Partner, Bergman, Draper & Frockt; Associate Attorney, Riddell Williams PS; 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: Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, Joint Task Force; Joint Task Force on Education Funding; Legislative Advisory Committee on Advanced Tuition Payment (GET); Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee; Office of Homeless Youth Advisory Committee.
Statement: I am proud of my ability to get things done in Olympia. I have passed progressive legislation to support homeless students, expand health care, safeguard reproductive rights, and guarantee equal treatment for all. My mission has been to expand higher education for all Washingtonians, including Dreamers. I have worked with all parties to change deadly force laws and improve de-escalation training. I led on school safety and gun violence prevention and joined in the March for Our Lives. I have fought for stronger DUI laws and property tax relief for local homeowners.
As the Senate’s chief capital budget writer, I broke a stalemate by reaching across the aisle to secure record investments in public school construction (including tens of millions of dollars for Seattle schools), building affordable housing, providing mental health care, investing in environmental stewardship, and funding infrastructure priorities in Lake Forest Park and Kenmore.
Going forward, I will work to increase affordable housing, enhance special education funding, support college affordability, and reduce economic inequality.
Honored to be endorsed by leading environmental, labor, and pro-choice organizations, the Governor, the Attorney General and local officials. With your vote, I will keep working to get things done.