Elected Experience: State Senator 2012 - Present; State Representative 2003 - 2012
Other Professional Experience: Owner, business training and management firm; Member, National Speakers' Association; Past National Director, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International; Chair, Higher Education Committee; Member, Health Care, Ways and Means, and Rules Committees; Past Chair, Select Committee on Pension Policy; Past Chair, Select Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs.
Education: BS degree in Psychology, University of the State of New York; Certified Marketing Executive; Certified Hotel Administrator.
Community Service: Active in local church; National Director, U.S. Navy League, improving support provided to families of active duty military personnel; Member, Chamber of Commerce.
Statement: I am running for my second term in the State Senate to continue advocating for the needs and concerns of the 10th Legislative District. During recent legislative sessions I have sponsored bills to fix water access issues in the Skagit Valley, reduce tuition in our state's colleges and universities, worked to reduce class sizes in grades K-3, and defended against big proposed tax increases. I teamed with other Senators to pass a vital transportation package that was desperately needed within our district and state.
I will continue to focus on job creation and growing our economy. I will insist that basic education is amply funded, that teachers are compensated fairly and not burdened with non-education related requirements, that government is more transparent and held accountable to the people, and that services provided are delivered in a timely and efficient manner.
I will continue to lead the development of programs that ensure our veterans receive the assistance they need, and that they are treated with the respect and honor they deserve. I will continue to work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to achieve solutions.
I humbly ask for your vote, and look forward to continued service for you.