Friends, neighbors—

After 105 days, we’ve made it to the finish line! Today we adjourned the legislative session until next year. Since I came to Olympia this January, I have made it my mission to fight every day to make the 26th District and our whole state a better place—to expand access to health care, to make it easier for kids to fulfill their dreams through higher education, and to ensure that our community is getting the investment we deserve from the state.

The Legislature has made great progress on some of the most crucial issues facing our state this year. We’ve made it easier to build affordable housing, protected tenants from eviction, funded expanded wildfire prevention and response, protected our orcas, and improved sentencing guidelines. And we’ve guaranteed the most important protections for health care in the Affordable Care Act, expanded affordable and high-quality health insurance options, provided a way for families to prepare for long-term care, ensured transparency in drug pricing, and given school districts the flexibility to fund enrichment programs.

Closer to home, I’m proud to say that our budgets are funding significant infrastructure investments in our community.

The transportation budget includes $41 million of funding in and around our district over the next two years, including $7.9 million for upkeep of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and $2.5 million for the Bremerton and Southworth ferry terminals.

The capital budget will invest $29 million in projects in our communities, including:

  • $10.1 million for Olympic College’s Innovation & Technology Learning Center and the renovation of the Shop Building
  • $4 million for construction work at the Retsil Washington Veterans Home
  • $3.5 million for West Sound Technical Skill Center Modernization
  • $2.3 million for Minter Hatchery Intakes
  • $2 million for Peninsula Community Health Services Behavioral Expansion and Mobile Dental Clinic
  • $1.2 million for Kopachuck Beach Area Improvements
  • $1 million for the Mustard Seed Project, which promotes independent living for seniors on Key Peninsula
  • $800,000 for McCormick Woods Sewer Lift #2 Improvements
  • $556,000 for Warren Avenue Playfield
  • $500,000 for renovations at Warren Ave. Neighborhood Park
  • $497,800 for Gateway Park
  • $385,000 for Sound View Camp conservation
  • $350,000 for Gig Harbor Sports Complex
  • $250,000 for the YMCA of Greater Seattle Camp Colman
  • $206,000 for Quincy Square on 4th
  • $204,500 for Taylor Bay Acquisition Phase 2
  • $200,000 for environmental cleanup at the Bremerton Naval Complex
  • $173,000 for PenMet Community Rec Center
  • $150,000 for Kaukiki Farmland Preservation
  • $134,000 for Sehmel Homestead Park Turf Lights
  • $100,000 for Harbor History Museum’s fishing vessel Shenandoah
  • $90,000 for fish barrier removal on Minter Creek
  • $83,000 for Tidal Embayment restoration design
  • $52,000 for Howe Farm Water Service
  • $52,000 for PenMet Cushman Trail Enhancements
  • $51,000 for the Roxy Bremerton Foundation

Bills I passed this year

My week in Olympia

I believe in transparency, and I want to keep you all informed about what I’m doing on behalf of the 26th District in Olympia. That’s why I’m making a practice of posting my legislative calendar each week on my Facebook page. This is the final calendar of this year’s legislative session!

Keep in touch

We are all eager to hear from you about your priorities. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook so you can see what we’re up to. And please feel free to reach out anytime at 360-786-7650 or The more we hear from you, the better our work in Olympia can reflect our shared values and goals.

All my best,