Elected Experience: State Senate (elected 2010)
Other Professional Experience: Healthcare attorney; Economic Development Director, University of Washington (CoMotion); Deputy Prosecutor, King County; Adjunct Political Science Faculty, Highline College; Chief of Staff, King County District 7
Education: MBA, JD; Seattle University; BA; University of Washington
Community Service: Boards: Sports in Schools; Auburn Youth Resources (Nexus); Auburn Public Schools Foundation, and others; Awards: Spirit of Community, Kent PTA; Transportation Champion, Association of Washington Cities; Legislator of the Year - Humane Society, Metropolitan Police & Sheriffs, Kent Chamber; Champion for Children, Children’s Alliance; Crayon Award, Early Learning Alliance; Sunshine Award, League of Women Voters; Leader on Developmental Disabilities, ARC.
Statement: My wife, Steffanie, and I just welcomed our second child and we know families like ours need safe, affordable communities with strong schools and reasonable taxes.
As a former coach and the son of two educators, I realize our schools need both the resources to help every child succeed and the accountability to make sure our tax dollars are spent efficiently. I’ve helped lead the largest investment in schools in state history while lowering tuition at our state colleges.
I am supported by Independents, Democrats, Republicans, business and labor groups because I listen to and respect everyone regardless of party affiliation. Together, we’ve increased access to family leave, expanded our freeways and transit options, built local parks, and passed a 4-year balanced budget reform to force government to prioritize its most important duties while pushing back against the continual call for higher taxes. Yet there is more work ahead to reduce traffic, control property and car tab taxes, and keep our communities and families safe. I’m asking for your vote to continue this important work. Please contact me and let me know how I can serve you better!