Sen. Marko Liias represents the communities of the 21st Legislative District, which includes neighborhoods in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Mukilteo. The 2018 Legislative Session is his 11th session serving in Olympia.

Marko was born at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds in 1981 and graduated from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. After high school, Marko worked his way through college with the help of student loans and scholarships, and received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He has also completed graduate-level courses in public administration at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Marko has worked as a freelance journalist, communications advisor, and as a small business owner. For five years, Marko helped lead a small family business specializing in green residential construction. It was his involvement in the local chamber of commerce that led Marko to consider public service.

In 2005, he was elected to the Mukilteo City Council, where he served for two years.

In January 2008, Marko was appointed to the House of Representatives and served for six years. Then, in 2014, he was appointed to the Senate. Throughout his service in the Legislature, Marko has focused on policies to advance a strong economy based on good-paying jobs, a safe and quality education system, and a balanced transportation system that serves the whole community, including Sound Transit 3.

Working across the aisle, Marko was a principal negotiator of bipartisan agreements on the largest transportation investment in state history and the most progressive paid family and medical leave program in the nation.

Marko has sponsored legislation that has improved pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as multiple bills that have introduced digital citizenship in our schools. Those bills, which have made him a national leader on the issue, direct schools to include curricula that helps students better understand and navigate the many pitfalls of the digital age.

Other legislation Marko continues to champion include his Student Loan Bill of Rights, which would protect college students from predatory and fraudulent loan practices, and legislation to prohibit physically and mentally abusive so-called conversion therapy.

In addition to his service in the Legislature, Marko works in our community as a volunteer with the Kamiak High School Debate Program, as a board member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and as a member of the Transportation Choices Coalition.

Marko is also a member of the Evergreen Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the local chapters of Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association.