Elected Experience: Current State Senator, 33rd Legislative District
Other Professional Experience: Communications Director, Washington State Labor Council, Journalist and news producer at KMGH-TV, KSTW-TV KGW-TV, Trustee Highine College
Education: Graduate of Rancho Alamitos High School, Garden Grove, CA., Earned BA from University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Journalism. Phi Beta Kappa Attended John F. Kennedy Schoo, Harvard University, Executive Education Program.
Community Service: I serve on the Judson Park Retirement Community Advisory Board, the Board of the Economic Opportunity Institute, as a member of the Highline AAUW branch and of Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines.
Statement: I ask for your support to re-elect me to the state Senate because I work hard for you and always put the concerns of my constituents first. As Chair of the Senate Labor and Commerce committee, I focus on ways to improve the lives of working families in our communities. It was a privilege to negotiate and adopt the Equal Pay Act this year, to pass the best paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in the country last year, and to pass bills expanding apprenticeship opportunities to provide good jobs for our youth.
As a member of the Senate budget committee, it’s an honor to help find funding for the Des Moines marina, the Kent YMCA, the new Glacier middle school in SeaTac and new classrooms at Highline College.
I also have real concern for our seniors, including long term care issues. Washington state is rated first in the nation because we have created and funded a high-quality system of home care and services for seniors. I will continue to fight for senior services and security.
With your vote I will continue to help our communities strive for good jobs, excellent education, health care and housing.