Biography

As a mother, state representative and former city council member, Tana brings a unique perspective to legislative issues. She has consistently advocated for improving life and work balance for busy families, addressing ongoing education and transportation needs, and looking for upstream solutions to maximize taxpayer dollars.

As a state representative for the 41st Legislative District, Tana sits on the Appropriations Committee, the Education Committee, and the Early Learning and Human Services Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair.

In the Legislature, Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap and ensure our children have access to social emotional learning in our schools and mental health services.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked as the national director of domestic policy at the Jewish women’s organization, Hadassah. She continued her work with nonprofits as a government relations and communications consultant for the next decade and then as Communications and Marketing Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle before her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council.

Tana serves on the board of Hopelink, on the Advisory Board of the UW Masters of Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology Program, and as a member of the National Association of Jewish Legislator’s national board. She has held previous board roles on the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, the Island Park Elementary School PTA, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Tana and her husband have two young children and a big black lab.

Honors and Awards:

Alliance of Eastside Agencies, Elected Official of the Year, 2017
American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Health Advocate Award, 2017
Community Employment Alliance, Employment First Champion, 2017
Community Residential Services Association, Supported Living Champion Award, 2017
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2016
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2016
Early Learning Action Alliance, Crayon Award, 2016
The Arc of King County, Developmental Disabilities Advocate Award, 2016
Washington School Counselor Association, Advocacy All Star, 2016
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2015
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2015
King County Family Coalition, Champion for Children, 2015
Children’s Campaign Fund, Champion for Children Award, 2014

News

  • Senn Receives 2017 Child Health Advocate Award | News - November 20, 2017
    OLYMPIA – State Representative Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) was recently honored for her legislative work advocating for children’s mental health in Washington state. On Wednesday, November 15, Senn received the American Academy of Pediatrics’ national 2017 Child Health Advocate Award... READ MORE
  • An Education Update: State and Local Changes | E-newsletters - September 11, 2017
    The Impact of the New Education Funding Plan Now that the school year has started across the district, I wanted to share my latest video update on the new education funding plan, its impact on our district, and the connection... READ MORE
  • Video Update: The Impact of the New Education Funding Plan | Videos - August 31, 2017
  • No Capital Budget is Bad News | E-newsletters - July 31, 2017
    Lack of capital budget hurts Washington’s kids, infrastructure, economy While we made great strides in funding public education this session, it’s disappointing that the Senate failed to pass a construction (or capital) budget that would fund dozens of schools and... READ MORE
  • A victory for paid family leave and passing the state budget | E-newsletters - July 7, 2017
    Washington state makes history with new paid family leave program Earlier this week, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 5975 into law, and Washington became the fifth state in the nation to set up a paid family and medical leave program for... READ MORE
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    Contact

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    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 309
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7894
    Email Tana

    District Office:
    1611 116th Ave NE
    Suite 206
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    (425) 453-3037

     

    Legislative Assistant:
    Emma Palumbo
    Email: Emma.Palumbo@leg.wa.gov

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

    Committees:
    Early Learning & Human Services (Vice Chair)
    Appropriations
    Education

    To schedule an appointment or other office inquiries:
    Emma Palumbo, Legislative Assistant
    (360) 786-7894
    Emma.Palumbo@leg.wa.gov

    For Press Inquiries:
    Megan Stockhausen, Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7323
    Megan.Stockhausen@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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