Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington state’s 33rd Legislative District, which includes a number of suburbs south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. During her tenure as an elected official, she has held several leadership positions in the Washington State Legislature. Those positions include chairing the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and serving as lead Senate Democratic negotiator on the Capital Budget. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Washington State Senate, presiding over the chamber when the lieutenant governor is unavailable.
In addition to these duties, Sen. Keiser chairs the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee and serves on Senate Health & Long Term Care, Rules, and Ways & Means committees.
As the longtime chair of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, Sen. Keiser was a pivotal leader in passing and implementing health care reform in our state prior to, and under, the Affordable Care Act, and was instrumental in the passage of Paid Family Leave during the 2017 legislative session. Sen. Keiser has an abiding interest in policies to help working families and improve women’s economic security.
Among the numerous awards and recognition she has received for her work, Sen. Keiser is especially appreciative of the American Cancer Society’s Legislative Champion award, the Washington State Nurses Association Legislator of the Year award, and the Retired School Employees Legislative Excellence award.
Sen. Keiser resides in Des Moines and has three adult children. She enjoys walking her dog, reading, and gardening, and loves music. She is a long-time Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera season ticket holder and has been known to break out in song herself.