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

  • Legislative update: Homelessness, net neutrality, opioids, and more | E-newsletters - February 12, 2018
    Telephone Town Hall on February 20 We’re excited to announce we’ll be holding a telephone town hall next week! Please join us for a telephone town hall Tuesday, February 20, 6pm-7pm. We’ll be talking about the work we’re doing on... READ MORE
  • Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Legislation Passes House | Press Releases - February 9, 2018
    OLYMPIA – The scourge of opioid use disorder is affecting every corner of Washington state. Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, is taking on the epidemic through new legislation requested by Governor Inslee. HB 2489 focuses on opioid use disorder prevention... READ MORE
  • Update from Joe and Eileen: Health coverage access, low carbon fuel standard, and more | E-newsletters - January 18, 2018
    Addressing health insurance costs & opioid use disorder Since Republicans in the OTHER Washington aren’t letting up on trying to take away health care for millions of Americans, we’re looking at possible solutions within the existing system that keep people... READ MORE
  • Update on Gun Safety and Atlantic Salmon in 2018 | E-newsletters - November 27, 2017
    Approaches to Gun Safety in the Legislature Like many of you, we are horrified by recent mass shootings around the country that have claimed so many innocent lives. Whether in Las Vegas, or Sutherland Springs, or Tehama County, the ongoing... READ MORE
  • Major construction projects in jeopardy | E-newsletters - July 18, 2017
    New schools and over 70k jobs at risk Although the Operating budget has passed, we remain in session because our work is not yet over. Over a billion dollars in public school construction is in jeopardy because the Senate refuses... READ MORE
  • Contact

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

    (360) 786-7978
    Email Eileen

    Legislative Assistant:
    Thea Byrd
    Email: Thea.Byrd@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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