Biography

Representative Eileen Cody was raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. After graduating from high school, Eileen earned an associate’s degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Creighton University.

Eileen has worked at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle for the past thirty-five years. She is a neuro-rehab nurse certified in both rehabilitation nursing and multiple sclerosis care. In addition to her work at Group Health, Eileen is a founding member of District 1199 NW/SEIU Hospital and Health Care Employees Union.

First appointed and subsequently retained to the House of Representatives in 1994, Eileen has dedicated her legislative career to achieving affordable, quality healthcare for all residents of Washington state.

Eileen currently serves as chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, where she has worked for improved patient safety, mental health parity, public health services, and to restore the universal purchase of vaccines. More recently, she has led efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act at the state level. Largely because of her work, Washington’s online health care marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, is a model for the rest of the country – helping thousands of Washingtonians access affordable coverage.

Some of her more recent legislative accomplishments have been honored by groups like the American Medical Association, Planned Parenthood, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Washington State Medical Association, and Sound Mental Health.

Eileen has called West Seattle home since 1978. She and her husband, architect Tom Mitchell, share a home with their dog, Humphrey, and cat Mandu.

News

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: 34th District legislators to hold telephone town hall | News - March 9, 2017
    Who: 34th Legislative District Delegation: State Representative Eileen Cody, State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, and State Senator Sharon Nelson. What: Telephone town hall meeting. When: 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Where: Calls will go out to thousands... READ MORE
  • End to Surprise Billing in Sight after House Passes Cody Legislation | Press Releases - March 6, 2017
    OLYMPIA—Patients who visit an ER or have surgery with an in-network provider but gets billed for out-of-network services in a surprise bill may soon see the practice end under legislation from Rep. Eileen Cody (D—West Seattle). The Washington House of... READ MORE
  • House Democrats pass education funding plan — What’s next? | E-newsletters - February 24, 2017
    As week seven of session ends, we want to update you all on the important work done to ensure we fully-fund education for our kids. The House of Representatives voted this week to approve HB 1843, a bill that would... READ MORE
  • A quick update from your reps in the 34th as the 2017 session goes into full swing | E-newsletters - February 13, 2017
    Education Funding As we continue to work towards fully funding education, the House passed legislation that delays the “levy cliff” which you may have heard about in the news. The bill, HB 1059, gives assurances to school districts that their... READ MORE
  • Legislative update from Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody | E-newsletters - January 20, 2017
    A quick update from your reps in the 34th as the 2017 Session goes into full swing What’s Joe been up to since last session? I spent much of the time since the 2016 session looking forward towards this session’s... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 303
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7978
    Email Eileen

    Legislative Assistant:
    Kendra Coburn
    Email: Kendra.Coburn@leg.wa.gov

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

    For Press Inquiries:
    Travis Shofner, Digital Media Coordinator
    (360) 786-7224
    Travis.Shofner@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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