Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center) was sworn in today to serve Washington’s 34th Legislative District, which includes West Seattle, White Center, Vashon Island and parts of Burien.

As the Senate’s first member of Vietnamese descent and part of a wave of new millennial leadership, Nguyen is intent on elevating voices and ideas that have, in the past, been left out of the conversation.

“The constituents of the 34th district sent me to Olympia because we have grown weary of seeing our families, our communities, and our fellow Washingtonians left out or left behind despite the strength of our state’s economy,” said Nguyen. “My constituents are working harder and for longer hours just to get by, so I will be working just as hard to ensure their vision for an inclusive and just Washington becomes a reality.”

Nguyen was selected by his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus to serve as Vice Chair of the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee and as a member of the Energy, Environment & Technology, Transportation, and Rules committees. He will bring expertise as a job trainer in the tech sector, as a community advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness, and as a father of two young children, to help guide policy making toward compassion and accountability.

“We’re going to push the difficult conversations and work tirelessly, because that is what our political moment requires,” said Nguyen.  “Washington is changing. It’s time for our government to do the same.”

Sen. Nguyen can be reached by phone at 360-786-7667 or by email at