Elected Experience: Citizen Legislator since 2009
Other Professional Experience: Wireless and software entrepreneur bringing advanced technologies to global markets. Helping to build numerous startup companies serving health care, transportation, clean energy, education and consumers. Strong financial and technical skills applied to tough public policy challenges.
Education: Harvard University, MPA. University of Massachusetts, BA
Community Service: Married to Ballard Swedish physician Wendy Carlyle; four terrific children attending Queen Anne Elementary, Ballard High School, UW. Co-founded City Year AmeriCorp program. Served on state community college board. Activist for foster youth. Our Queen Anne family is active in a wide range of recreational, cultural, religious and community projects.
Statement: Following seven years in the House, I now ask for your sincere consideration to continue working for you in the Senate. I have led the charge to fully fund our paramount duty of public education by improving an unfair, inefficient tax system. I authored sweeping transparency legislation that opened the books so many tax preferences are now public. I’ve prioritized local funding: Metro, Magnolia Elementary, Pacific Science Center, Nordic Heritage Museum, Holocaust Center in Belltown, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Greenwood’s Taproot, food banks, neighborhood homeless services.
Reviews from legislative service: Governing Magazine: ‘One of 12 legislators nationally to watch.’Seattlepi.com: “…top notch legislator…”. Seattle Times: “Who gets it? Carlyle.” UW Impact: “Top Dawg!” Municipal League: continually rated “outstanding.” Endorsements: Washington Conservation Voters, Seattle Firefighters, League of Education Voters, NARAL, hundreds of business and labor leaders.
My priorities in the Senate: Accountable budgets to responsibly invest in early learning, K-12, higher education, health care, transportation and congestion relief, small businesses, foster youth, environmental protection, arts, tax modernization, strengthening lobbying and ethics laws, stronger oversight of your tax dollar.
I ask for the honor of your vote as a progressive, independent, bipartisan, fiscally responsible citizen legislator. Thank you!