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: Stalled Negotiations and the End of Regular Session | E-newsletters - April 21, 2017
    Senate Republicans refuse to negotiate It has become clear that the legislature will need to go into overtime in order to get our work done this year. While making decisions about the state’s two-year budget is complicated, I am disappointed... READ MORE
  • Video Update: Investing in Washington | News - April 18, 2017
  • E-newsletter: Children’s mental health passes! | E-newsletters - April 13, 2017
    Children’s mental health passes! I am so proud to say that yesterday, the Senate passed my children’s mental health bill, HB 1713! On the same day, my op-ed on the need for more mental health services for children was published... READ MORE
  • Listen to Rep. Tana Senn on KUOW discussing Equal Pay legislation | E-newsletters - April 4, 2017
  • House budget invests in Washington’s families | News - March 31, 2017
    OLYMPIA – The “Families First” budget passed by House Democrats on Friday, March 31, includes critical investments in programs and services that benefit the children and families of Washington state. “We are keeping our promise to Washington’s 1.1 million school... 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

    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

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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