Biography

As a mother, state representative and former city council member, Tana brings a unique perspective to legislative issues. She has consistently advocated for improving life and work balance for busy families, addressing ongoing education and transportation investments and using taxpayer dollars judiciously.

In the Legislature, Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap and ensure our children have the interpersonal skills needed to succeed by expanding social emotional learning in our schools.

Prior to her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council, Tana worked as Communications and Marketing Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which raises money to help the elderly, refugees and families in need both locally and abroad.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked as the national director of domestic policy at the Jewish women’s organization, Hadassah. She continued her work with nonprofits as a government relations and communications consultant for the next decade.

Tana has volunteered in her community in numerous capacities including on the boards of the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, the Island Park Elementary School PTA, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

As a state representative for the 41st Legislative District, Tana sits on the Appropriations Committee, the Education Committee, and the Early Learning and Human Services Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Environment Committee as well. Additionally, Tana represents the House Democrats as their legislative liaison to the State Building Code Council.

Tana and her husband have two young children and a big black lab.

News

  • E-newsletter: Practical New Laws that May Fly Under the Radar | E-newsletters - May 22, 2017
    Practical Benefits of Laws We Just Passed Although work continues in Olympia to find a solution to fully fund education, we did pass some important legislation during the regular session. Working across the aisle and across the rotunda, we passed numerous bills that... READ MORE
  • State Republicans’ tax plan could hit Eastside property owners hard. | News - May 18, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Households along much of the I-405 corridor would see a sharp property tax increase as a result of the state Republicans’ K-12 education funding plan. The Senate Republican education funding proposal raises $5.5 billion in new state property... READ MORE
  • E-newsletter: Transportation, Community Safety, and our Legislative Pages! | E-newsletters - May 9, 2017
    Investing in transportation Having passed both chambers, the bipartisan transportation budget has been delivered to Governor Inslee and is awaiting his signature. The budget allocates approximately $8.7 billion in much needed funding to Washington state’s transportation network. Thanks to our... READ MORE
  • E-newsletter: Stalled Negotiations and the End of Regular Session | E-newsletters - April 21, 2017
    Senate Republicans refuse to negotiate It has become clear that the legislature will need to go into overtime in order to get our work done this year. While making decisions about the state’s two-year budget is complicated, I am disappointed... READ MORE
  • Video Update: Investing in Washington | News - April 18, 2017
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    Contact

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    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 309
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7894
    Email Tana

    District Office:
    1611 116th Ave NE
    Suite 206
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    (425) 453-3037

     

    Legislative Assistant:
    William Parmer
    Email: William.Parmer@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Early Learning & Human Services (Vice Chair)
    Appropriations
    Education

    To schedule an appointment or other office inquiries:
    William Parmer, Legislative Assistant
    (360) 786-7894
    William.Parmer@leg.wa.gov

    For Press Inquiries:
    Megan Stockhausen, Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7323
    Megan.Stockhausen@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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