Elected Experience: Pasco City Council, 1969-74; North Thurston School Board, 1995-2003; State Representative, 2001- present
Other Professional Experience: Public school classroom teacher, Office of Superintendent Public Instruction; US Senate Appropriations Committee Staff; Washington State Senate Staff; Governor’s K-12 education specialist; Department of Information Services legislative director
Education: Graduate of Washington State University; graduate study at WSU and University of Oregon
Community Service: Board of Directors, Washington State Historical Society; Olympia Kiwanis Club; Trustee, Chair Legislative Oral History Committee; The Nature Conservancy, Washington, 2001-2014;
Statement: Our children and our future deserve the best. Funding education is Sam’s top priority. Providing quality education demands that we address our constitutional “paramount duty.” He will vote for the needed revenue to fund our public schools.
Sam supports state employees’ and teachers’ right to collective bargaining. Climate change is real; we must address it. He opposes construction of new coal and oil export terminals and the growing number of massive coal and oil trains crossing Washington State. He supports increased use of solar and wind energy while reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
Remember we have the Right To Vote not the privilege to vote. Voting is not something that has to be earned; it’s a basic right. Sam supports these important steps to improve access to voting: Election Day voter registration, pre-registration of 16-17 year olds when they get their drivers’ licenses, and enactment of the state Voting Rights Act
Sam has been a Representative since 2001. He and Charlene, 35year Olympia residents, have two adult children. Hillary and Nathan and their families live in Lacey. He loves sharing time with grandson Rory. Sam asks for your vote to be the next 22nd district Senator.