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

  • The Senate Republican Budget and Town Hall Update | E-newsletters - March 24, 2017
    Why the Senate Republican budget will not work for Washington House Democrats knew the Senate Republican budget proposal would rely on cuts that harm our children, families and our state in order to balance their budget. But what the Senate... READ MORE
  • Video Update: Transportation and ST3 | News - March 17, 2017
  • E-newsletter: ‘Levy cliff’ fix passes! | News - March 10, 2017
    Levy cliff update: It passed and is on to the Governor’s desk! Wednesday night, the Senate finally passed their version of the “levy cliff bill,” sponsored by our own 41st Senator Lisa Wellman. While the Senate waited 45 days to... READ MORE
  • E-newsletter: House passes Equal Pay, Supporting working women and the Upcoming Town Hall! | E-newsletters - March 9, 2017
    Equal Pay Passes! Last night, on International Women’s Day, the House passed my Equal Pay Opportunity Act! I am so proud to be sponsoring this strong bill for women and families. This is the third year in a row we’ve passed a... READ MORE
  • House approves Equal Pay Opportunity Act | News - March 8, 2017
    OLYMPIA—The Equal Pay Opportunity Act was the last bill considered on the House floor this evening. It passed on a 61-36 vote and is on its way to the Senate. This is the third year in a row that the... READ MORE
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    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 309
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7894
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    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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