COVID-19 Update

Everyone ages 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first shot a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting my second shot soon.

Here’s some helpful information you can use to learn more about the vaccine and where to schedule your appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, according to the CDC. People can return to their normal pre-pandemic activities once they are fully vaccinated. Please continue to mask up, avoid gatherings, and get vaccinated as soon as you can. The end is almost here if we all do our part!

A Historic Session of Putting People First

It’s hard to know where to begin with just how much lawmakers were able to accomplish for the people of Washington this legislative session. There’s way too much to cover in one e-newsletter, so I’ll be sharing more information in future email updates.

The pandemic has taken a financial toll on so many families and small businesses, so economic relief was a major priority for Senate Democrats this year. Lawmakers made critical investments to the tune of billions to help our residents recover from the public health crisis, using relief funds from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and the state’s rainy-day fund.

Among other relief efforts, the Legislature invested in the Working Families Tax Credit, which will help approximately 420,000 households struggling to make ends meet. We also passed unemployment relief for small businesses and a property tax exemption for service-connected disabled veterans and senior citizens.

Lawmakers boosted more long-term commitments on climate change, housing, broadband, childcare, education, public health, food assistance and other critical investments in communities across Washington. This session also saw the passage of bold and much-needed policies addressing issues such as tax reform, police accountability, climate change, tenant protection, and much more.

And the best part – more than 92% of the bills we passed this year had bipartisan support! This is a true testament to how our Washington puts people first by collaborating across the aisle to get things done.

I’m excited to share more details on each of these issues in future updates.

You can also learn more about our amazing accomplishments on the Washington State Senate Democrats’ website and by following our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Stay Connected!

I was able to get several bills to the governor’s desk this year including the Gender Affirming Treatment Act, the Our Colleges, Our Future Act, a bill to expand blood donation options to 16- and 17-year-olds, and a bill to expand affordable housing supply.

You can find more about the work I’m doing for you on my website. You can also keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And as always, please reach out with your ideas for legislation and feedback on how I’m doing as your voice in the state Legislature.



– Marko