With an involvement in the education community spanning more than 30 years, Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe serves as the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. She works hard to better Washington’s public schools and prepare students for life surrounded by new and emerging technology. Rosemary is a staunch advocate for students, teachers, and parent involvement in their child’s educational career.

Sen. McAuliffe lives in the Bothell with her husband, James. They are both active in the community and have six grown children and fifteen grandchildren.

Sen. McAuliffe being interviewed

Rosemary is the recipient of numerous awards throughout her legislative career. A Democrat, she began her fifth term in the State Senate in January, 2013. Prior to her service as a state lawmaker, she served on the Northshore School Board of Directors for 14 years, from 1977 to 1991. She was board president for two years.

Rosemary and James are small business owners of the Hollywood School House, a wedding, banquet and conference facility. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Legislative Committees:


  • Appointed by Gov. Gregoire to Quality Education Council in June, 2009
  • K-12 dropout prevention work group
  • Joint Select Committee on Secondary Education
  • Washington Learns Steering Committee
  • Washington State Special Education Advisory Council
  • Joint Select Committee on Education Accountability


  • Chair, WASL Workgroup
  • Local Advisory Committee on Higher Education Needs in Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties
  • Washington Scores
  • Child Care Coordinating Committee
  • Truancy Work Group
  • Joint Select Committee on Education Restructuring, Co-Chair
  • Special Education Advisory Council, Students with Behavioral Disabilities Subcommittee
  • Food Safety Advisory Council

Recent Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2007 Sierra Club leadership award
  • 2006 Association of Washington School Principals President’s Award
  • Washington State PTA’s 2006 Friend of Children Award
  • Washington Association for Career and Technical Education 2005 Legislator of the Year
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Housing Hero 2005
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance “Housing Hero” award, 2005
  • YMCAs of Washington Strong Kids, Families and Communities Award, 2005

Organizations and Activities:


  • Annual Women’s Leadership Exchange Program (Washington and South Korea)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures Education Committee
  • Bothell Arts Council, Chair
  • Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce, Founding Member
  • Catholic Youth Organization Discovery Lodge Capital Campaign, Committee Member
  • Cascadia Community College Foundation, Advisory Member
  • Northshore School District Foundation Board, Member
  • Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Team Board of Directors, Honorary Member
  • Founders Club for Northshore Performing Arts Center, Heritage Club Member
  • Formed the 1st Legislative District Youth Advisory Council, giving students the opportunity to interact in the legislative process
  • National Foundation of Women Legislators, Education, Training, and Workforce Committee Co-Chair


    • Washington State Courts Public Trust and Confidence Committee, Member, 2003
    • President’s Commission on Education Resource Equity, Member, 2001
    • Co-Chair of Building Program for Residence XII, an alcohol treatment and rehabilitation center for women in Kirkland
    • Washington School Directors’ Association’s Legislative Network, Representative, 1990-91
    • Together for a Drug-free Youth Committee, Member, 1989
    • Bothell Downtown Management Association, Chairwoman, 1987-90, Main Street Revitalization
    • Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Delegate; Association of Children with Learning Disabilities, Member, 1976-82
    • Northshore Juvenile Court Conference Committee/Diversion Committee, appointed Member, 1978-1980
    • Lake Health Committee, 1997-1998