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About Lisa

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. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets.

She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.

Read Sen. Wellman’s full biography here.

Latest News

An end of Session recap

An end of Session recap

Dear neighbors, We have officially ended the 2022 legislative session and I am proud to report we made tremendous strides for everyday working Washingtonians. This year we adjourned on time for the fifth year in a row, a record not held by any legislature since 1899. That’s good government. Additional days, special sessions, cost the state millions of dollars. This exemplifies our commitment to serving Washington’s workers and families and not wasting their money. Scroll below for a quick a digest of this legislative session’s key impacts. While we still have more work to do, I am proud of the investments and the impactful public policy we enacted to #PutPeopleFirst.

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Lisa In The News

Spokesman-Review: Washington is only state that doesn’t require kids to be in school until they turn 8 – a bill under consideration would change that

Spokesman-Review: Washington is only state that doesn’t require kids to be in school until they turn 8 – a bill under consideration would change that

The Legislature will consider a bill this year that would lower the compulsory school age for children from 8 to 5. Under current state law, parents must send their children to school – whether it be public, private or home-based instruction – starting at the age of 8. While most families opt to send their children to school before then, they ...

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Seattle Times: Catch up with rest of U.S. and require schooling at age 5

Seattle Times: Catch up with rest of U.S. and require schooling at age 5

Washington’s last-in-the-nation minimum age for compulsory education is antithetical to the state’s values of educating its youngest residents. Lowering the age of compulsory education to age 5 — from age 8 — should be a no-brainer. Most states require school enrollment by age 5 or 6. Washington offers free public education for all children aged 5 and older, but doesn’t require ...

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The Seattle Times: Give every student access to computer-science education

The Seattle Times: Give every student access to computer-science education

Despite Washington’s status as a technology hub, more than 40% of the state’s public K-12 school districts didn’t offer a single class in computer science, according to recent data. That’s abysmal. Not every young Washingtonian will want to grow up to work in computer-related industries, but each student should have the opportunity to explore these in-demand and lucrative careers. Click here ...

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