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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


  • 2016 Legislative Session Report to the 38th District | News - May 9, 2016
    Dear Friends: The 2016 legislative session wrapped up in late March and we are taking time to offer a quick report on the accomplishments and challenges that remain. A supplemental budget, like the one the Legislature passed in March, is... READ MORE
  • Rep. Sells’ e-Newsletter for March 4: Supplemental Budget / Education Funding / Retaining Teachers / Fighting Opioid Addiction | E-newsletters - March 4, 2016
    Meeting the needs of Washington families Every legislative session gives us an opportunity to make investments that address the emergent needs of Washington families. The expectation from constituents is to take care of business. To solve problems. Last week, House... READ MORE
  • Rep. Sells’ e-Newsletter for Feb. 19: Town Hall tomorrow / Corporate accountability / Transportation investments | E-newsletters - February 19, 2016
    You have questions and we have answers Come to our town hall meeting tomorrow at the Marysville Opera House at 10 a.m. Let’s talk.   Holding corporations accountable Tax breaks need to provide a clear benefit to Washington residents. If... READ MORE
  • Join the 38th District Legislators for a Town Hall this coming Saturday | News - February 15, 2016
    Who: State Reps. June Robinson and Mike Sells, and Sen. John McCoy What: Town hall meeting When: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 Where: Marysville Opera House – 1225 3rd St, Marysville Why: To talk with constituents... READ MORE
  • Rep. Sells’ e-newsletter for Feb. 8: Equal Pay & Free to Finish College | E-newsletters - February 8, 2016
    Raising Wages & Treatment of Women in the Workplace This week the House passed two important bills to make sure that working women get a fair shake – the Equal Pay Opportunity Act and the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act. Decades... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
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    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA

    (360) 786-7840
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