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    Fraser receives “Lifetime Citizenship Award” for 50 years of public service

Fraser receives “Lifetime Citizenship Award” for 50 years of public service

November 3rd, 2016|

Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has received the “Lifetime Citizenship Award” from the League of Women Voters of Thurston County (LWVTC). Fraser received the award at a LWVTC luncheon in late October.

“I am honored to be recognized by the League and to receive this award,” Fraser said. “Interestingly, my last day in office as a state senator coincides — to the day — with the 50th anniversary of when I began my career in public service. I am very fortunate to have served our community at nearly every level of government to advance policies that help move our state forward. I am looking forward to continuing to serve the public in this next chapter of my life.”

As an elected official, Fraser has served as a Lacey City Council member, mayor of Lacey, a Thurston County commissioner, a state representative, and as a state senator. She has worked on a multitude of issues in the Legislature and has championed women’s rights, organized labor, environmental stewardship, and efficient local government.

“I’ve always focused on advancing democracy, civility in government, and empowering people to become informed and active in government,” Fraser said.

Fraser currently serves as the Senate Democratic Caucus Chair; a position she has held since 2010. She will retire from the Legislature in January of 2017.

Website Updates

June 30th, 2016|

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In accordance with Senate election year activity rules, this webpage will not be updated after July 1, 2016.

Please check back in later this fall to find out more about the Senator and her work.

Fraser named AWC City Legislative Champion

June 30th, 2016|

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) has named Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, as a City Legislative Champion for 2016. Fraser has worked tirelessly on behalf of cities throughout her entire career.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Fraser said. “Our cities and local governments are essential to the success of our communities and I have always had them in mind when considering legislation.”

The AWC’s City Legislative Champion award was created in 2014 and recognizes legislators who have gone out of their way to advocate for one or more key city priorities issues. Retiring Sen. Linda Evans Parlette of Wenatchee was also recognized.

To read the press release from the Association of Washington Cities, click here.

Fraser honors Korean War veterans

June 27th, 2016|

Each year, the Korean-American community, veterans, elected officials, and the public come together to honor the veterans who fought in the Korean War. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, participated in this year’s events on June 25, and spoke of the dedication and bravery of our soldiers.

To find out more about the Korean War Memorial on the Capitol Campus, click here.

Building Capital: Uniquely Washington

June 22nd, 2016|

Projects that promote job creation, environmental protections and public safety are just a few of the functions of the capital budget. The Longhouse on the campus of The Evergreen State College is a unique project that combines learning with the vast contributions Native American people have made to the state.

Building Capital: Investing in higher education

June 17th, 2016|

The capital budget is a critical tool for expanding higher learning opportunities for Washington’s college students. Join Sens. Keiser and Fraser as they discuss expansion at The Evergreen State College.

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    What are your priorities for Capitol Lake? Your input needed

What are your priorities for Capitol Lake? Your input needed

April 27th, 2016|

The Department of Enterprise Services is currently seeking community input on long-term goals and objectives for Capitol Lake. Your input can be provided by completing the online survey on the Capitol Lake webpage. Please note: This survey is only open until April 28.

Recurring themes on long-term goals from past input include:

  • Maintain recreational opportunities
  • Consider long-term costs and economic impacts
  • Improve sediment management
  • Improve fish and wildlife habitat
  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce flood risk, and more

The executive workgroup is made up of local and tribal government representatives working on long-term planning for Capitol Lake/Deschutes estuary, and received a briefing at the April 22 meeting on how the long-term goals and objectives for Capitol Lake evolved from 1999-2009. The workgroup will discuss how these goals may be articulated today. A summary of past input on goals and objectives may be found on the Capitol Lake website.

Enterprise Services manages the 260-acre reservoir known as Capitol Lake as part of the 486-acre Capitol Campus.

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    New legislative task force will examine use of lethal force in community policing

New legislative task force will examine use of lethal force in community policing

April 5th, 2016|


A new legislative task force has been created in Washington State to examine practices surrounding the use of lethal force by community law enforcement. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, worked extensively with the Black Alliance of Thurston County, the House of Representatives, and Gov. Inslee’s office to pass the bill into law.

“The alarming number of increasing local and national high-profile incidents involving the use of lethal force was the inspiration for the task force,” said Fraser. “We will have a diverse group at the table to help identify alternatives and best practices so we are able to keep both law enforcement and members of the public safe from permanent harm.”

The joint legislative task force, created by the signing of House Bill 2908, will consist of 27 members and will include lawmakers, law enforcement groups, public defenders, and many advocacy groups representing the state’s communities of color.

Lethal force is the intentional application of force through the use of firearms or any other means reasonable likely to cause death or serious physical injury. Current state law authorizes the use of lethal force by officers in certain circumstances that is defined under statute. While it is not always the case, data shows the use of lethal force can often disproportionately impact people of color.

“This task force will help identify areas where we can improve relations between law enforcement and the public. It will also help answer the widespread concerns and many questions surrounding this issue in our state,” Fraser said.

The task force is required to submit a report to the Legislature on their findings by December 2016.

Japanese Sister State students visit Fraser

April 1st, 2016|

On Friday, April 1, 2016, Sen. Fraser had the pleasure of leading a tour of the Senate and Legislative Building to a group of Japanese high school students.

They are visiting from Kato City in Hyogo Prefecture, and are guests of the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association. Kato is located within Washington’s Sister State, Hyogo Prefecture.

Sen. Fraser led a friendship delegation to Hyogo Prefecture last summer. Washington State and Hyogo Prefecture have the longest sister state relationship in the United States.

22nd LD to host telephone town hall

March 18th, 2016|

OLYMPIASen. Karen Fraser, Rep. Chris Reykdal, and Rep. Sam Hunt will host a telephone town hall for constituents in the 22nd Legislative District from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21.

This will be an opportunity for constituents to hear an update on the 2016 Legislative Session, ask their lawmakers questions and get answers in real-time.

If you would like to call in and participate, dial:877-229-8493 and enter ID Code: 18646.


WHO: Sen. Karen Fraser, Rep. Chris Reykdal, Rep. Sam Hunt

WHAT: Telephone Town Hall – if you would like to participate, dial toll-free 877-229-8493 and enter ID Code: 18646.

WHEN: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016

WHY: The telephone town hall format allows constituents to speak directly to their lawmakers and get information about state government without having to travel to a physical town hall location.