I became the 18th Legislative District’s state senator in mid-2012 after Joseph Zarelli decided to step down after 17 years of service. It was a straightforward transition for me and for the people of our district, as I had been serving them already in the House of Representatives.
In November 2012 the voters elected me to a full four-year term in the Senate. I am not only a member of the Senate Republican Caucus (I serve on its leadership team, as the whip) but also the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. The MCC, composed of Republican and Democratic senators, is built around a set of shared principles and committed to governing in a more inclusive and bipartisan way.
I’m still focused on strengthening Washington’s economy, protecting our state’s taxpayers by prioritizing and controlling state spending, offering each child in Washington an opportunity to succeed in school, and making sure the projects Southwest Washington needs for a solid transportation system are moving forward.
Ours is a part-time, citizen Legislature, so my primary occupation is as president of a governmental and public-affairs consulting firm. It’s based in La Center, where I reside with my husband Fred and our sons Rex and Derick. I have a bachelor’s degree in political science (minoring in natural science and history) and a secondary-education teaching certificate.
I am active in our community, belonging to Greater Clark County Rotary and other organizations and volunteering for events such as the American Cancer Society’s West Clark County Relay for Life (publicity chairwoman); also I have served or am serving on the board of directors for several organizations, including Innovate Washington.