Biography

Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington’s 33rd Legislative District, which contains a number of cities south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. As President Pro Tempore, she presides over the Washington State Senate when the lieutenant governor is unavailable. And as chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee, she champions policies that help working families and improve women’s economic security.

The longtime chair of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee, Sen. Keiser was a pivotal leader in reforming Washington’s health care system, implementing the Affordable Care Act, and passing Washington’s nation-leading Paid Family and Medical Leave program. She has also served as the lead Senate Democratic negotiator on the Capital Budget.

Among the numerous awards and recognitions she has received for her work, Sen. Keiser is especially appreciative of the American Cancer Society’s Legislative Champion award, the Washington State Nurses Association Legislator of the Year award, and the Retired School Employees Legislative Excellence award.

Sen. Keiser resides in Des Moines and has three adult children. She enjoys walking her dog, reading, and gardening, and loves music. She is a long-time Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera season ticket holder and has been known to break out in song herself.

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