Elected Experience: State Senator 2014-present; State Representative, 99-13; Commissioner, Lakehaven Utility District, 96-99
Other Professional Experience: Substitute Teacher with Auburn, FW Public, and Catholic Schools; Volunteer Examiner (auditor) for the Baldrige National Quality Program; USAF B-52 Pilot; Tacoma Goodwill Director.
Education: BS, Engineering, USAF Academy; MBA, University ND; MS, Clinical Psychology, Chapman University
Community Service: FW Boys and Girls Club Board; Lake Dolloff PTA VP; FW Community Caregiving Network Board President; Recipient of: Auburn Chamber’s Legislator of the Year Award, The Performance Excellence Award; Coalition for Open Government’s Ballard-Thompson Award; King County Family Coalition/Arc of King County Award; Housing Hero Award
Statement: I am honored to serve you as your State Senator. I will continue to work across party lines to improve our schools, cut government waste, and increase accountability. We must fight for real improvement and results in the dysfunctional homeless and drug abuse programs that currently threaten our community’s safety. We can be both compassionate and competent helping those in need, while cutting high property taxes and car tabs that hurt seniors, families, and small businesses.
As Senator, I helped pass ground-breaking legislation that cut college tuition and local property taxes, passed family sick leave, fully funded public schools, and insured equal pay for women. This year, I loudly opposed both party’s leaders and helped defeat efforts to hide legislative records from the public.
Meschell and I raised our three children and helped raise our grandchildren here in south King County. Our community, and your family’s future prosperity and safety are my top priorities. We need effective, bipartisan solutions that join labor and businesses together and unite communities, rather than the dangerous and ineffective policies and higher taxes promoted by some in Seattle.
I would appreciate your vote. Please vote for Experienced, Compassionate, Common Sense Leadership.