Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

Listen to the 21st District Telephone Town Hall

May 14, 2014

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self & Sen. Marko Liias

Listen to the 21st District Telephone Town Hall

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Sen. Marko Liias held a telephone town hall on May 8. If you missed it, click on the image below for the audio file.  

Ortiz-Self, Liias schedule telephone town hall for Thursday

May 5, 2014

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

Ortiz-Self, Liias schedule telephone town hall for Thursday

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Sen. Marko Liias will host a telephone town hall for 21st Legislative District residents from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8. At that time, district constituents will receive a phone call inviting them to stay on the line to participate in the town hall. In addition, residents who do not automatically receive a call may dial a toll-free participant number to listen in on the event and ask questions of their elected state officials. That … Continue reading

Call for more diversity on college campuses supported

April 30, 2014

Washington House Democrats

April 30, 2014 Statement from representatives of the Washington Legislature’s Members of Color Caucus in support of Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard’s call for increased diversity on campus: “Our state’s higher education system is responsible for educating students to face the challenges of our ever-changing global society. A diverse, inclusive student body helps prepare our future leaders to be productive public citizens in the real world – one comprised of people with different national, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds. … Continue reading

Rep. Ortiz-Self’s report to the 21st Legislative District

April 25, 2014

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

Rep. Ortiz-Self’s report to the 21st Legislative District

Dear neighbors, My first session as a legislator has come to a close and I am very pleased to have hit the ground running in Olympia. I believe I uti­lized the relationships that I’ve cultivated for years to help advance the values that we in the 21st Legislative District hold dear. I person­ally championed two key pieces of legislation regarding public educa­tion and privacy concerns, and I also co-sponsored a wide range of bills that made it to the governor’s … Continue reading

Legislature passes student success measure

March 7, 2014

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

Legislature passes student success measure

Today, just a few minutes before the 5 o’clock cutoff deadline, the Washington State Senate gave its overwhelming approval to a measure aimed at boosting student success across the state. House Bill 2739, which passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, requires a geographic analysis to identify communities where the effects of employment, health, safety and stability correlate with academic and behavioral indicators of student success. “We need this information to target strategic interventions where they are needed the most,” … Continue reading


Lillian was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Rep.  Marko Liias, who took the place of retired Sen. Paull Shin.

In her current role as counselor at North Middle School, she works with a variety of youth in both a teaching and mentoring capacity. This, along with her work in several child-service organizations, has given her a deep appreciation and understanding of how human services can help families.

Lillian comes to the Legislature with a wealth of experience. In Illinois, she served as the clinical director of a mental health center, regional coordinator for the Board of Education, education adviser for the Department of Children and Family Services, and founder and former director of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth.

Her experience in Washington includes co-chairing the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, being a member of the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Achievement Accountability Workgroup, and the Student Discipline Task Force. Additionally, Lillian was one of the founders… (continue reading biography here)

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Spring 2014 End of Session Report  Nieto, Lilia


Read my first Report to the 21st District

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Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self talks about the end of session, including successes like HB 2335, which extends care and services for foster children. Rep. Ortiz-Self also talks about other top successes this session, such as the Dream Act and the passage of her student success bill, HB 2739.

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self provides a little background on her work prior to serving as a representative, which includes working as a school counselor and mental health counselor, and how that influences her current proposed legislation like the the Student Success bill and the Weighted GPA bill.