Kevin Van De Wege is a firefighter, paramedic, husband and father. A lifelong Washington resident, he is serving his first term in the Senate after five terms in the House of Representatives.

As a young child, Kevin’s parents instilled the core values of family and service in him. When he was old enough to serve his community, Kevin became a volunteer firefighter, eventually deciding to turn it into a full-time career.

He went on to earn degrees in fire administration and fire investigation, as well as paramedic certification. He also received a BA in Social Science from Washington State University and an MA in Public Administration from Fort Hays University.

The chair of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee, Kevin also serves on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.

Kevin’s legislative accomplishments include helping to secure permanent, year-round funding for a rescue tug at Neah Bay, and keeping state parks open to the public even in the midst of severe budget challenges. In 2009, he was presented with a “Sound Hero” award from People for Puget Sound for his work to help protect Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from oil spills.

A proud resident of the beautiful community of Sequim, Kevin and his wife Jennifer, a vice principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, enjoy raising their two teenagers on the Olympic Peninsula.