As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Beth has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving her first term as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district.
Beth most recently served as the campaign director at Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit. She also served as the regional co-director for the Power Past Coal campaign.
She was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters and served in that role from 1991 – 1995. In 1996 she was a field organizer for National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). She also served as a campaign organizer and later the development director for Audubon Washington. Beth has worked in public, private, and non-profit sectors, and has served in leadership staff positions in numerous political campaigns.
Beth has volunteered countless hours in the social service sector with Solid Ground and Noel House Homeless Shelter, on international development in Nicaragua, various environmental organizations, as an advocate for parks and sidewalks and in her children’s elementary school as PTA President.
Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in political science and telecommunications. She has been married for 21 years to Dr. Eddy Cates, a family physician at Pioneer Family Practice. A mom of two young boys, she enjoys the outdoors, cycling, yoga, running, and traveling.
House Resolution 4623 It was my pleasure to sponsor HR 4623 this year in recognition of International Women’s Day. You can watch my floor speech below.
OLYMPIA – Women who become pregnant from a sexual assault will face fewer legal barriers to terminate the rapist’s parental rights if a bill approved on Monday by the House of Representatives becomes law. HB 1543, sponsored by Rep. Beth...
The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement on Washington’s commitment to ensuring all students have the right to a discrimination-free environment: “Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, was both clear and firm in...
February 16, 2017 OLYMPIA – Washington continues to lead the country with efforts to keep toxic copper particles out of rivers and streams with today’s approval of HB 1738 by the House of Representatives. The bill is sponsored by first-year...
OLYMPIA – Washington continues to lead the country with efforts to keep toxic copper particles out of rivers and streams with today’s approval of HB 1738 by the House of Representatives. The bill is sponsored by first-year lawmaker Rep. Beth...
Honoring International Women’s Day.
HB 1542 creates a Dropout Prevention Through Farm Engagement pilot program partnering community-based organizations, like food banks and small farms, with school districts to target at-risk youth. The highly successful GRuB program in Thurston County is the inspiration behind HB 1542.
HB 1543 would close a current gap in state law that forces some mothers to co-parent a child that was conceived from a rape. The bill would create a court process that provides rape survivors with a legal pathway to prevent or restrict the rapist’s parental rights by presenting clear and convincing evidence that the pregnancy was a result of the rape.
Higher tax burdens on small farms place additional burdens on families and small businesses. Small farms are often a stepping stone to a larger agricultural operation. However, operating a small farm is becoming more challenging, especially in areas where there is growth and development.
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