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Travelling Town Hall with Rep. Pollet

Join Rep. Gerry Pollet at his next Travelling Town Hall!

Saturday, November 11
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Burgermaster
3040 NE 45th St
Seattle 98105

Please join me at my informal drop-in “Traveling Town Hall” to discuss issues important to you. Whether it’s meeting our paramount duty to fund education for every child, protecting our environment, and other issues of importance to our community, I look forward to the discussion.

 

For further information, feel free to visit my website or contact my District Office:
Legislative Aide: Angie Weiss
206-729-3242
Angie.weiss@leg.wa.gov

 

Biography

Representative Gerry Pollet serves the 46th Legislative District.

After graduating from the University of Washington Law School, he chose a career as a public interest attorney protecting our environment, children, consumers, promoting open government; and, teaching a new generation of public health and law students.

Gerry continues to be active, as he was for many years before becoming a legislator, in numerous neighborhood and public school causes, including working to fully fund public schools, advocate for special education, and helping form the parent coalition working to reduce the overcrowding of public schools in Seattle.  He has assisted in organizing and legal efforts in Kenmore and Lake Forest Park to protect local streams, preserve open space and work for the cleanup of toxic dioxin in North Lake Washington. Gerry serves on the Board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

Gerry is the vice-chair of the House Higher Education Committee and serves as one of Washington’s three commissioners on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (which oversees the Western Interstate Undergraduate Exchange providing low tuition for Washington residents attending other state’s public universities as well as being one of the nation’s leading providers of research on access and quality for higher education).

As the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest (the region’s leading citizens’ group dedicated to the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation), national and regional news media often call on Gerry’s expertise regarding contamination and risks at Hanford. The reservation is the most contaminated area in the western hemisphere. His organizing and advocacy to protect the Columbia River stopped USDOE’s dumping untreated liquid radioactive and chemical wastes straight into the soil and ended plans to use Hanford’s unlined soil landfills as a national chemical-radioactive waste dump for nuclear weapons production. He has sought to protect cleanup workers from deadly exposures to beryllium, toxic vapors and radiation. For more than 10 years, Gerry chaired the committee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Advisory Board which oversees Hanford’s $2 billion per year budgets, management, and contracts. His work on contract reforms and reducing overhead costs is estimated to have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Gerry teaches at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and some courses at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; and, he runs a summer internship program for law students in tribal and environmental law. He frequently guest lectures on environmental law and policy, risk assessment, freedom of information/public records, and public participation.

Gerry’s groundbreaking work has been honored by various organizations across the state. In 2010, the University of Washington School of Public Health honored Gerry with its annual Community Service Award. Gerry was also awarded the top annual award for peace and environmental work by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2005. Heart of America Northwest was named “Best Regional Environmental Group” by Spokane’s environmental and peace organizations. He has been the only legislator honored two years in a row as the Legislator of Year by the state’s public university and college students’ Washington Student Association for his advocacy to improve access to higher education. Gerry has also been recognized by the League of Women Voters with its Sunshine in Government award for his role promoting freedom of information, access to public records and open meetings.

Gerry counts amongst his most significant legislative achievements: the first in the nation regulation to prevent youth use of e-cigarettes and “vape” products and provide state oversight of toxic chemicals in the products; lifting the cap on the number of special education students who the state provides funding for; tens of millions of dollars in funding for renovating and rebuilding schools in the district to address overcrowding; expanding access to affordable higher education with investments in advising and support for students; and, the law stopping predatory towing companies from charging thousands of dollars for people to get their car back if they park in the wrong space.

Gerry lives in North Seattle with his wife Janet Miller. They have two children: Eileen and Henry, who is a student at Western Washington University. In his downtime, Gerry enjoys racewalking through neighborhoods and parks in the 46th District.

News

  • Lawmakers push Washington State University to stand up to hate | News - September 19, 2017
    Olympia – Several lawmakers signed on to a letter with House Higher Education Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle), asking Washington State University to take concrete action to stand up to hate on campus. Citing disturbing news reports that the... READ MORE
  • Disability Rights Groups Say State’s Education Funding Plan Shortchanges Special Ed | News - September 5, 2017
    From KNKX.com –  Groups that advocate for kids with disabilities are weighing in on the state’s education funding plan passed by lawmakers in June. They have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Washington state Supreme Court in the McCleary case... READ MORE
  • Legislative Update! | News - April 3, 2017
    Friends, We are halfway through the 2017 legislative session, and I want to hear from you how I can best work for what is important to you for the remainder of the session. Residents of our 46th District value fully... READ MORE
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: 46th District legislators to hold telephone town hall | News - March 20, 2017
    Who: State Representatives Jessyn Farrell and Gerry Pollet, together with State Senator David Frockt What: Telephone town hall meeting When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Where: Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the... READ MORE
  • Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill | News - March 17, 2017
    From the Associated Press via The Seattle Times: OLYMPIA — Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state. A bill in the House proposes treating vapor products and e-cigarettes like tobacco... READ MORE
  • Contact

    District Address:
    10212 5th Ave NE Suite 255
    Seattle WA 98125

    (206) 729-3242

    Olympia Address:
    LEG 132C
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7886
    Email Gerry

    Legislative Assistant:
    Angie Weiss
    Email: Angie.Weiss@leg.wa.gov

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

    Committees:
    Higher Education (Vice Chair)
    Finance
    Appropriations

     

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jamie Nixon, Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7202
    Jamie.Nixon@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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