FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Dec. 18, 2014
Kohl-Welles to remain top Democrat on higher education OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, will retain her position as ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee in the 2015 legislative session. In addition, she will continue to serve on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and return to the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
“This session, I will work with my colleagues to ensure the Legislature makes every effort to fully fund Washington’s universities and colleges so that tuition remains steady and quality of and access to public universities and colleges is maintained,” said Kohl-Welles. “We must make every effort to reduce or freeze tuition rates without sacrificing the integrity and quality of our state public universities and colleges.”
The higher education arena is nothing new to Kohl-Welles, who holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from UCLA, was an adjunct faculty member in the Women Studies, Sociology and Education at the University of Washington for 23 years, and was the Assistant Dean of Students at University of California Irvine. In addition, she taught sociology, education and women’s studies courses at California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton. Furthermore, she is a published author of academic and trade books and articles.
Last month, Kohl Welles was named vice-chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, an association that facilitates resource sharing among higher education systems in 16 western states. She will serve as chair of WICHE in 2016.
In addition to her commitment to higher education, Kohl-Welles will spend the session working to align the unregulated medical marijuana system with the regulated recreational system (I-502) as a way to eradicate the illicit marijuana market. She is also planning to introduce legislation to create and strengthen laws pertaining to human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors.