Members of the LGBTQ Caucus include, from left, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), Rep. Beth Doglio (D-Olympia), Rep. Nicole Macri (D-Seattle), Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood), Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton), Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place).

Washington has been blessed for many years to have strong leaders from our community in the state legislature who helped make our state a leader in establishing and protecting the rights of LGBTQ people. Senators Cal Anderson, Ed Murray, and Joe McDermott and Representatives Dave Upthegrove, Jim Moeller, Mary Helen Roberts, and Brady Walkinshaw served with distinction and helped to accomplish hate crimes protections, a fully inclusive law against discrimination, domestic partnership and marriage equality, and equal parentage rights. We stand on their shoulders and benefit from many years of work and carefully cultivated relationships.

After the alarming election in 2016, much that we had taken for granted seems to be at risk in our communities – as well as for people of color, immigrants, women, and members of other historically disfavored groups. All of us need to stand together to make sure that the arc of history continues to bend toward justice for all people.

The 2019 Washington State Legislature LGBTQ Caucus includes: Senators Jamie Pedersen, Marko Liias, Emily Randall, and Claire Wilson, and Representatives Laurie Jinkins, Chris Kilduff, Nicole Macri, and Beth Doglio. All of us are strongly committed to continuing the ongoing struggle for safety, dignity, and full equality for all members of our community. We meet regularly with community advocates, including the GSBA, Pride Foundation, Legal Voice, the ACLU of Washington, Equal Rights Washington, Washington Won’t Discriminate, Ingersoll Gender Center, the SAFE Alliance, the Gender Justice League, and many others to defend our hard-fought rights and to plan for a time when we can once again lead the country with pro-LGBTQ legislation.

In 2018, with Democrats back in control of the Legislature, we passed legislation to prohibit “conversion therapy” and to further the ability of same-sex couples to become parents. We continue to fight every day for legislation to protect the rights and dignity of everyone.

LGBTQ Caucus members

Rep. Beth Doglio

22nd District – Olympia

As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Beth has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving her second term as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins

27th District – Tacoma

Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston and Fife Heights. Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.

Rep. Christine Kilduff

28th District – University Place

Christine Kilduff is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States with little education or savings. Her upbringing made her a strong believer in the power of education to give people a shot at the American Dream. Christine has lived in University Place for the last 20 years. Christine and her spouse and partner of 25 years, Colleen, have two daughters , one a graduate of University Place schools and one who still attends University Place schools.

Sen. Marko Liias

21st District – Lynnwood

Marko Liias is serving his second term in Senate and serves as Majority Floor Leader. 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. In 2018, his legislation to ban conversion therapy was passed into law.

Rep. Nicole Macri

43rd District – Seattle

Nicole Macri is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. Nicole attended Rutgers University, where she met her partner Deb Cayz, and was the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

Sen. Jamie Pedersen

43rd 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. Jamie was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and was appointed to the Senate in December 2013 and is serving his second full term. He lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Eric Pedersen, and their sons Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders.

Sen. Emily Randall

26th District – Bremerton

Emily Randall was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula in a hardworking union family. As a community organizer and advocate for health care and education, she is focused on putting the people of the 26th District first. She was elected to the state Senate in November 2018. Since graduating from Wellesley College, Emily has dedicated herself to expanding education opportunities and access to affordable health care for women, children and LGBTQ folks around the country.

Sen. Claire Wilson

30th District – Auburn

For 25 years at the Puget Sound Educational Services District, Claire Wilson was an administrator 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 proudly identifies as a lesbian woman and mother. A long-term resident of the 30th Legislative District, born and raised in Washington State, Claire has lived in South King County since 1999.