Elected Experience: Five term member of Washington State House of Representatives, currently serving as Majority Whip, the third highest-ranked office in House leadership.
Other Professional Experience: Working as a Lieutenant Firefighter and Paramedic puts Kevin in daily contact with his constituents in their times of greatest need. This work keeps Kevin grounded and in-touch, both with his district, and what’s most important in life.
Education: Master in Public Administration Fort Hays State University; BA in Social Science from Washington State University; Fire Command Degree from Edmonds College; Paramedic Certification Northwest Medical.
Community Service: Member of the Port Angeles Chamber and Joint Select Committee on Trade Policy.
Statement: A firefighter, husband of a local school teacher and father of two active children, Kevin Van De Wege has a track record of effectively representing our community and its values by listening at home and leading in Olympia.
He has fought to create family wage jobs and maintain the jobs that we already have including reopening closed mills. Kevin supports small businesses and this year alone had two pieces of pro-business legislation passed into law, one to protect business and the other to cut red tape. He has invested over $3 billion to strengthen our public schools to help meet the Court decision and knows more policy and funding are needed to make our schools the best. He is an advocate to protect our constitutional liberties, champion performance-based budgets, and reform our tax code.
Creating jobs, improving education, and holding government accountable: Kevin Van De Wege is an independent voice for citizens who want solutions, not partisan politics, in Olympia.
Kevin has a proven record of advocating for families in Olympia. This has earned him endorsements from the nurses and healthcare professionals of SEIU 1199 that care for us and by the Retired Public Employees of Washington State.