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 investments and using taxpayer dollars judiciously.

In the Legislature, Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap and ensure our children have the interpersonal skills needed to succeed by expanding social emotional learning in our schools.

Prior to her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council, Tana worked as Communications and Marketing Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which raises money to help the elderly, refugees and families in need both locally and abroad.

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.

Tana has volunteered in her community in numerous capacities including on the boards of 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.

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. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Environment Committee as well. Additionally, Tana represents the House Democrats as their legislative liaison to the State Building Code Council.

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

News

  • E-newsletter: 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
  • E-newsletter: 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
  • Eastside lawmakers vote against Republican $4 billion statewide property tax increase to pay for schools | News - July 5, 2017
    OLYMPIA — Sen. Lisa Wellman, Rep. Tana Senn, and Rep. Judy Clibborn, Democrats from Mercer Island, voted against a Republican proposal to increase property taxes statewide by $4 billion over the next four years to pay for public schools as... READ MORE
  • Policy Issues Still in the Mix | E-newsletters - June 26, 2017
    Policy Issues Still in the Mix I hope you had a great weekend enjoying the hot days, Pride celebrations, high school and university graduations, Eid al-Fitr and more! Back in Olympia, things have been at a standstill regarding budget negotiations.... READ MORE
  • Video Update: Implications of a state government shutdown | Videos - June 23, 2017
     
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    Contact

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

    (360) 786-7894
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    District Office:
    1611 116th Ave NE
    Suite 206
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    (425) 453-3037

     

    Legislative Assistant:
    William Parmer
    Email: William.Parmer@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:
    William Parmer, Legislative Assistant
    (360) 786-7894
    William.Parmer@leg.wa.gov

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

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    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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