Senator Kevin Ranker possesses an extensive and diverse background developing and advancing public policy, community development strategies and conservation initiatives both in the United States and internationally. For several years he has focused his expertise on the advancement of coastal and ocean policy with a particular emphasis on the combination of coastal economic development, energy policy and conservation.
As a Washington State Senator, Kevin has advanced key legislation focused on climate, energy, coastal and marine management, transportation, agriculture and equal rights. Legislative highlights include the sponsorship and co-sponsorship of comprehensive marine management, oil spill response and preparedness efforts and landmark legislation making Washington the seventh state to recognize full marriage equality.
Previous to the Senate, Kevin served as a San Juan County Commissioner and was a Senior Fellow at the Ocean Foundation. In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council. He is also the current Vice President of PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region) a partnership of ten states and Canadian provinces that works to increase economic well-being, coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies and enhance the competitiveness of the region.
He lives on Orcas Island with his wife and daughter while his son proudly serves in the U.S. Navy. Kevin is an avid runner, sailor, paddler, fisherman and surfer.