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For more than 30 years, Mike Sells worked as an elementary and secondary-school teacher in the Everett School District. With that experience, coupled with his leadership of the Everett Education Association and service as a trustee at Central Washington University, Sells brings a wealth of information on the education needs of the state to the Legislature.

He knows that jobs and education are key to building a strong economy, so he continues to push for investments in our schools and workforce training. Through legislative action, he was the leading force to making the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Paine Field a reality. Likewise, he succeeded in bringing a Bachelor of Science nursing program to Everett Community College University Center.

First elected in 2004, Rep. Mike Sells currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee, tasked, among other things, with developing strategies to align worker training with emerging industries.


He has been married since 1971 to Gayle Stevens Sells, a piano teacher, and they have two grown children, Andy and Amy.


Graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Education, majored in History with a minor in Geography, in 1967. Fifth-Year Teacher Certification from the University of Washington in 1971.

1976 to present
Serving as the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Snohomish County Labor Council, AFL/CIO. This became a full-time position in 1998. The organization is the co-ordinating body for 65 different AFL/CIO unions in Snohomish County, representing more than 42,000 working people.

1981 to 1998
Served as the President of the Everett Education Association, which is elected on an annual basis. The position started out as half-time, with the other half-time spent in the classroom. By the early 1990s, it became a full-time position. From 1969 to 1980, served as President of the Everett Federation of Teachers, Local 772, AFL/CIO. The EFT was merged with the EEA in 1981.

1967 to 1991
Worked as a teacher in Everett School District #2 at both the elementary and secondary level. I taught at North Junior High (now middle school), Jackson Elementary, Evergreen Middle School, the Youth Resource Center (Juvenile Parole Services), and Phoenix Alternative High School.

1981 to Present

Serving on the Everett Housing Authority Board which oversees the Federal Housing programs in the City of Everett. Appointment was made by the Mayor of the City of Everett, and approved by City Council. I am currently the Vice Chair, and have served three terms as chair of the Board.

1995 to Present
Serving on the Central Washington University Board of Trustees where I am currently the Vice Chair. I was appointed by Governor Lowry, and reappointed by Governor Locke for a second term in 2000. Oversight of the budget.

Other current or former board service
Snohomish County Economic Development Council (1981 to present)
City of Everett’s Shoreline Public Access Advisory Committee (2003)
City of Everett Salary Commission (1998). Snohomish County United Way and Executive Board (mid 80’s. Served as one of the vice presidents in 1985.
Washington State Temporary Special Levy Study Commission appointed by Governor Evans (1972-1973).
Washington State Governor’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee appointed by Governor Lowry (1992-1993).
Snohomish County Needs Assessment on Housing (early 1990s, co-chaired with County Executive Bob Drewel).
Snohomish County Tomorrow (1990-1991)
Snohomish County Executive’s Citizens’ Cabinet appointed by County Executive Aaron Reardon (2004).
Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (early 1980s until 1985).
Everett Public Library Strategic Planning Committee (2004).
Everett Area Chamber of Commerce Board (1992-1993).
Central Washington University Alumni Association.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2004


  • Sells’ Update 3/27/2017: Senate Budget / Sound Transit 3 / Low Unemployment | News - March 27, 2017
    Senate Budget The state’s budget is a statement of our values. The spending decisions we make as a legislature have real impacts on people like you and me, and especially on the most vulnerable among us. As you know, the... READ MORE
  • Sells’ 3/15/17 Update: Equal Pay / Family bills / Hanford / Voting / Nurse breaks / Distracted driving | News - March 15, 2017
    House of Origin Cutoff To survive the House of Origin Cutoff, bills must be passed out of the chamber where they were introduced. The House of Origin cutoff deadline was Wednesday, March 8, at 5 p.m. With some exceptions –primarily... 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
  • Sells’ 2/25/17 Update: Funding Education / Executive Order / Transgender Students / Capitol Ideas | News - February 25, 2017
    Keeping our promise to one million school kids This week the House of Representatives approved HB 1843 to ensure our schools are fully funded and every child receives opportunities to learn. Every element of this legislation was driven by a... READ MORE
  • Sells’ 2/17/17 Update: Hanford workers / Day of Remembrance / Non-compete agreements | News - February 17, 2017
    Justice for Hanford workers We have a 74-year-old, 560-square-mile nuclear site in Hanford, Washington, that some people refer to as “America’s Chernobyl,” “the biggest nuclear dump in the USA,” and “the most toxic place in the nation.” The good news... READ MORE
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