Senators

Washington State Senate Democrats

The Washington State Senate Democrats are made up of 29 legislators representing communities from Bellingham to Vancouver, Sequim 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 expand access to affordable housing, improve health care outcomes, strengthen our democracy, provide equitable opportunities for all, create safer communities, and speed up our transition to a clean energy economy.

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. 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 Chair, Labor & Commerce

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. 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. Noel Frame

Vice Chair, Housing; Vice Chair, BFSGT

36th Legislative District - Seattle
Noel Frame has represented the people of the 36th District as their state senator since January 2023 after serving as state representative since 2016. Noel takes on many of the toughest challenges facing our state – reforming our criminal legal system, building more affordable housing, strengthening and investing in the diverse communities that make up Washington state, balancing our tax code, and more.

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. Sam Hunt

Chair, State Government & 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. Claudia Kauffman

Leadership Liaison to Tribal Nations

47th Legislative District – Kent
Sen. Claudia Kauffman was sworn into the Washington State Senate in January 2023. A resident of Kent for over 20 years, Kauffman previously served as the elected senator for the 47th District from 2007-11. Kauffman is a fierce advocate for legislation and policy to protect children, address equity, and improve public education in Washington. She currently serves as Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

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

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

Chair, Transportation

21st Legislative District – Lynnwood
Marko was appointed to the House of Representatives in 2008. In 2014, he was appointed to the Senate, where he’s currently serving his third term. Throughout his service in the Legislature, he has focused on policies to build an economy that works for everyone and to create strong pathways to education and opportunity, while ensuring a focus on equity and social justice for all Washingtonians.

Sen. Liz Lovelett

Chair, Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs

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. John Lovick

Vice President Pro Tempore

44th Legislative District – Mill Creek
Sen. Lovick was appointed to the Senate in 2021. During his long career in public service, he's served on the Mill Creek City Council, House of Representatives, Snohomish County Sheriff and Snohomish County Executive. He was a 31 year veteran of the State Patrol and also spent 13 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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 Nguyễn

Asst. Majority Caucus Floor Leader

34th Legislative District – White Center
Sen. Joe Nguyễn 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

Majority Caucus Whip

28th Legislative District – Fircrest
Sen. T'wina Nobles brings two decades of experience in education and community leadership to her role as vice chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee as well as vice chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. She also sits on the Transportation Committee and the Behavioral Health Subcommittee.

Sen. Jamie Pedersen

Majority Floor Leader

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

Deputy Majority Leader

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

Caucus Vice Chair

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 a part-time public defense attorney, a former deputy mayor and 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. Sharon Shewmake

Vice Chair, Transportation

42nd Legislative District - Bellingham

Sen. Sharon Shewmake was sworn into office on Dec. 9, 2022 and is the first Democrat to represent the 42nd District in two decades. She serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and on the Senate Housing Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee.

Sen. Derek Stanford

Leadership Liaison to Tribal Nations

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. Yasmin Trudeau

Vice Chair, Law & Justice

27th Legislative District – Tacoma
Sen. Yasmin Trudeau was appointed to serve the 27th Legislative District on Nov. 2, 2021. Learn more about the senator and her appointment. Trudeau previously served as the legislative director for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Sen. Javier Valdez

Vice chair, State Government & Elections Committee

46th Legislative District – Seattle
Javier Valdez is the proud son and grandson of farmworkers and laborers. Javier has worked for the City of Seattle for over 20 years, where he currently serves as a senior equity and inclusion advisor with the City of Seattle Finance and Administrative Services Department. Javier is vice chair of the State Government & Elections Committee and also serves on the Law & Justice and Transportation committees.

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

Chair, Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks

24th Legislative District – Lake Sutherland
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

Chair, Human Services

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.