Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we near the end of February, I want to wish you a Happy Black History Month! This month is always an opportunity to reflect on a truthful Black narrative that centers Blackness.  For all Americans, the month is a radiating reminder this country would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the cultures, strength, beauty, genius and significant contributions of Black Americans. 👨🏾‍⚖️

The first Black Washingtonians braved the treacherous journey along the Oregon Trail to escape slave laws in the southern United States. Among them was George Washington Bush, who continued to the territory north of Columbia River, which was free from the Oregon laws banning Black Americans from settling south of it. That journey ended in what is now Tumwater. Today, thanks to the leadership of community members like Rep. Debra Entenman, we memorialize George Washington Bush on the Capitol campus.  If you ever visit, check it out!

Speaking of Rep. Entenman, there are now eight Black women in the Washington State Legislature! While we reflect on the past, we must remember we create history every day. Rep. Marjorie Pitter King was the first Black woman to serve, with so many more to come (you can learn more about her here ⬅).

Earlier this month, my staff noticed as they walked around the Legislature there was a  lack of recognition and celebration for Black History Month. That brought about the introduction of a Black History Month resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution was authored by our office staff. Read the text of it📜, and catch my remarks 🔉!

Virtual Meeting with Ketron Island

Ketron Island residents, you’re invited 💌! Join me virtually on March 21, 2023, from 3:10-3:30 p.m. to share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and questions on the legislative session. Contact my office for more information.