(Prefers Democratic Party)
Elected Experience: 36th LD State Senator, 1994-present; State Representative
1992-1994. Ranking Member (former Chair), Higher Ed Committee. Former Chair,
Labor & Commerce Committee
Other Professional Experience: UW Adjunct faculty; U.S. Department of Education Desegregation Specialist; UC Irvine Assistant Dean; public school teacher; author; researcher; expert witness; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Education: PhD, MA, UCLA; MA, BA, CSUN; Harvard Kennedy School certificate.
Community Service: Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau (on human trafficking); board member (current, former) Queen Anne Helpline, Bayview Manor, YouthCare, Committee for Children, state Arts Commission, UW Women’s Center Anti-Trafficking Task Force, UW Harry Bridges Labor Center, Maritime Joint Task Force
Statement: I would like to continue as your partner in Olympia. I work collaboratively to achieve common-sense solutions on tough issues. My goals reflect social justice and economic opportunity. I advocate for income equality and tax fairness; affordable housing, mental health services and homelessness programs; early learning, K-12, and higher education; environmental sustainability; and transit/transportation revenue.
Among my 2015 priorities are establishing a dedicated funding source for higher education and reversing escalating tuition costs to ensure all qualified students can afford college and complete their degrees; fighting labor and sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of minors (fourteen of my anti-trafficking bills have become law); ensuring safe and affordable access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients.
Some awards I’ve received include MDC Life Achievement Award, Committee for Children Visionary Leadership Award, Progressive Democrats of America’s Most Progressive state Senator, UW Women’s Center Women of Courage Honoree, Seattle Against Slavery’s Lincoln Freedom Award, Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance’s Housing Hero.
I maintain a district office, hold town meetings, and am involved in our communities. My endorsements include Democratic, education, labor, women’s, children’s, environmental, public safety, and community advocacy organizations. It would be an honor to continue representing you.