Senators

2019 WA State Senate Democrats

Washington State Senate Democrats

The Washington State Senate Democrats are made up of 28 legislators representing communities from Bellingham to Vancouver, Ocean Shores to Spokane, and many communities in between. We are guided by the principle of “Putting People First.” Senate Democrats advocate for and pass legislation aimed at improving the lives of the nearly 8 million people that call Washington home.

Senate Democrats are working to increase funding for public schools, improve health care outcomes, expand access to democracy, provide equitable opportunities for all,  protect immigrants, and create pathways toward a clean energy future.

Click here to learn more about the work Senate Democrats are doing on these issues. Find your state senator here.

Sen. Andy Billig

Majority Leader

3rd Legislative District - Spokane
Andy Billig is a proud father, businessperson and active member of the Spokane community. He was elected to the state Senate by constituents of the 3rd District in 2012. He is an advocate for children, working families, and small businesses, putting people first in Spokane and throughout the state.

Sen. Reuven Carlyle

Chair, Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

36th Legislative District - Seattle
Reuven Carlyle is an entrepreneur in the wireless, software and clean energy industries. Governing Magazine previously named Reuven “one of 12 legislators to watch” and he has been a leading voice for meaningful tax transparency and accountability, responsible gun safety laws, higher education, foster youth, bold environmental and energy strategies.

Sen. Annette Cleveland

Chair, Health & Long Term Care Committee

49th Legislative District - Vancouver
Annette brings over 30 years of legislative and public policy experience to the Legislature. First elected to the Senate in 2012, she was re-elected to a third four-year term in November 2020. Her priorities include support for early learning and quality education, adequate access to health care, and investment in critical infrastructure to better ensure a strong future for our state. As a wife and mom, she provides a strong voice for women’s rights and working families.

Sen. Steve Conway

Vice President Pro Tempore

29th Legislative District – Tacoma
Having served the 29th District as a State Representative for 18 years, Steve is now the Democratic senator for the Pierce County district that includes South Tacoma, East Lakewood and Parkland. He is the ranking member for the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee and also serves on the Senate Ways & Means and Government Operations Committees.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille

Chair, Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation

27th Legislative District – Tacoma
I understand the needs and concerns of families struggling to make ends meet. I work to increase education funding for all learners; expand health care for children, families, and the disabled; develop a safe environment for children and adults to learn, grow, and thrive; safeguard civil liberties; and promot economic opportunities to create living-wage jobs that improve the well-being of families.

Sen. Mona Das

Majority Caucus Vice Chair

47th Legislative District – Kent
Sen. Das is a small business owner who has seen the effects of unaffordable housing firsthand. She will work on behalf of women’s and immigrants’ rights, investing in a sustainable economy, and ensuring access to quality education for every Washingtonian.

Sen. Manka Dhingra

Deputy Majority Leader

45th Legislative District – Redmond
Manka was elected to the state Senate in 2017 by constituents of the 45th District. She is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and an anti-domestic violence advocate and community leader. She also serves on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside.

Sen. David Frockt

Vice chair, Ways & Means (Capital Lead)

46th Legislative District – Seattle
David Frockt represents the 46th District, which primarily comprises North Seattle. First elected to the state House of Representatives in 2010, David was appointed to the Senate in 2011. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, leading efforts on writing the capital budget.

Sen. Bob Hasegawa

Majority Caucus Chair

11th Legislative District – Seattle
Bob is a longtime labor and social justice activist. He led many workers struggles, winning top wages and benefits for working families and retirees, and he collaborated in many social justice struggles to protect civil rights, democracy, the environment and our constitutional rights.

Sen. Steve Hobbs

VP Pro Tem; Chair Transportation

44th Legislative District – Lake Stevens
Senator Steve Hobbs has been a member of the Washington State Senate since 2006. He serves as Chair of the Transportation Committee. In addition to representing the people of the 44th district, he is a member of the Washington Army National Guard and proudly served in Kosovo and Iraq.

Sen. Sam Hunt

Chair, State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections

22nd Legislative District – Olympia
After 16 years in the House, Sen. Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016. He represents Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and northern Thurston County.

Sen. Karen Keiser

President Pro Tempore

33rd Legislative District – Des Moines
Karen Keiser has been a Washington State Senator since 2001 and has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for improving health care. Before coming to the Senate, she served in the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001.

Sen. Patty Kuderer

Chair, Housing & Local Government

48th Legislative District – Bellevue
Patty has served in the Legislature since 2015. She chairs the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability committee where she works on statewide policies to reduce homelessness and build more affordable housing. She is a passionate advocate for common sense gun laws, reforming the criminal justice system, eliminating discrimination, expanding access to voting, and improving public health.

Sen. Marko Liias

Majority Floor Leader

21st Legislative District – Lynnwood
Sen. Liias is serving his first term in Senate and his seventh session with the Legislature. Throughout his service, Marko has focused on policies to advance the economy based on good-paying jobs, a safe and quality education system, and a balanced transportation system.

Sen. Liz Lovelett

Vice chair, Environment, Energy & Technology

40th Legislative District – Anacortes
Sen. Lovelett was appointed to the Senate in 2019. As a fifth generation Anacortes resident, Liz is rooted and invested in the 40th District. She has served as a community leader, championing affordable housing, water management, school construction, oil train safety, and improving lives for people in her community.

Sen. Mark Mullet

Chair, Business, Financial Services & Trade

5th Legislative District – Issaquah
Sen. Mark Mullet is a small business owner, former city councilman, and father of four daughters. Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Evans School at the University of Washington in 2008. He was elected to the Issaquah City Council in 2009 and represents Issaquah as a Board Member of Eastside Fire and Rescue, which provides fire service from Issaquah to North Bend.

Sen. Joe Nguyen

Asst. Majority Caucus Floor Leader

34th Legislative District – White Center
Sen. Joe Nguyen was born in White Center, raised in Burien. His experiences growing up in an immigrant community as the son of Vietnamese refugees and being raised by a single mother informs much of his service today.

Sen. T’wina Nobles

Vice chair, Higher Education & Workforce Development

Sen. Jamie Pedersen

Chair, Law & Justice

43rd Legislative District – Seattle
Jamie Pedersen grew up in Puyallup, graduated from Puyallup High School and worked at McDonald’s to help put himself through Yale College, where he studied Russian and history, and graduated summa cum laude.

Sen. Emily Randall

Majority Caucus Whip

26th Legislative District – Bremerton
Emily Randall is the daughter of two union workers and was born on the Kitsap Peninsula and raised in Port Orchard. She’s worked for ten years in health care and education fundraising and advocacy and in the Legislature plans to focus on affordable college, apprenticeship and job training programs, and removing health care barriers for Washingtonians. She was elected in 2018.

Sen. June Robinson

Vice chair, Ways & Means (Operating & Revenue)

38th Legislative District – Everett
June Robinson was appointed to the Senate in May 2020 after serving in the House of Representatives for more than six years. She has a life-long commitment to public service, with years of experience working to improve public health and alleviate health disparities in rural and disenfranchised communities. She currently lives in Everett and is the mother of two grown children, Colin and Garret.

Sen. Christine Rolfes

Chair, Ways & Means

23rd Legislative District – Kitsap County
Christine joined the Senate in 2011. She previously served in the House of Representatives for five years where she fought for legislation reflecting the common-sense values of the 23rd District. Her leadership advocating for small businesses, ferry reform, military-families and veterans, and public education has yielded tangible results for Washington families.

Sen. Rebecca Saldaña

Deputy Majority Leader

37th Legislative District – Seattle
Rebecca was appointed to her seat in 2016. Known as a problem solver and tireless advocate, Rebecca most recently served as the Executive Director for Puget Sound Sage – a nonprofit that promotes affordable and equitable housing and transportation policies, environmental justice and workers’ rights.

Sen. Jesse Salomon

Vice chair, Local Government; Vice chair, AWNRP

32nd Legislative District – Shoreline
As an attorney with the King County Department of Public Defense, a Shoreline city councilmember and a former child welfare prosecutor, Jesse Salomon brings a deep and varied resume to his role as senator. His priorities are to address critical needs in education, promote the creation of livable wage jobs, protect the environment, and practice fiscal accountability.

Sen. Derek Stanford

Vice chair, Higher Education & Workforce Development

1st Legislative District – Bothell
Derek Stanford served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2011-2019, before being appointed to the Senate. He earned a PhD in Statistics at the University of Washington, Currently, Sen. Stanford runs a small business specializing in analytics solutions and statistical consulting. Previously, he has served as director of analytics at several companies.

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

Chair, Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

24th Legislative District – Sequim
Kevin Van De Wege is a firefighter, paramedic, husband and father. A lifelong Washington resident, he is serving his second term in the Senate. Prior to winning election to the Senate in 2016, he served five terms in the House of Representatives. Kevin’s accomplishments include helping to secure permanent, year-round funding for a rescue tug at Neah Bay, and keeping state parks open to the public even in the midst of budget challenges.

Sen. Lisa Wellman

Chair, Early Learning & K-12 Education

41st Legislative District – Mercer Island
Lisa was elected to the Senate in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing including executive level positions in Fortune 100 companies.. A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer.

Sen. Claire Wilson

Asst. Majority Caucus Whip

30th Legislative District – Federal Way
For 25 years at the Puget Sound Educational Services District, Claire Wilson specialized in early education and family involvement. Prior to that, she taught pregnant and parenting teens at Mt. Tahoma High School and was a senior grants and contracts manager for the City of Seattle’s teen parent programs. Claire is the vice chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.