Rep. Tana Senn

Thoughts on the budget from Rep. Senn

April 16, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Thoughts on the budget from Rep. Senn

Hello from Olympia! Budget negotiations have begun! As House and Senate budget leaders gather to hammer out the differences between their two proposals, there are some ‘must dos,’ including education, mental health and child protection. There are also ‘should dos,’ which include programs with proven results like early learning and higher education. Making these investments requires us to think about what we value and need in our society. In order just to meet our constitutional requirements to fully fund basic … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Tana Senn on Equal Pay Day

April 13, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

OLYMPIA – Representative Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, today released the following statement: “April 14 is Equal Pay Day. It marks another year since the Equal Pay Act passed and yet women are still suffering from unequal pay. “We have made much progress across the country and here in Washington, but the wage gap still exists and is as pervasive as ever. Everyone should earn what they deserve and by insisting women are treated equally, we can build a stronger economy … Continue reading

Legislative update: The House and Senate budgets

April 8, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Legislative update: The House and Senate budgets

A couple of weeks ago, the House released our budget that puts us on the path to fully funding education and fixing many of the holes left from the Great Recession! I was putting together a message to share some details on how the House plans to fund education when the Senate surprised us with the release of their own budget. So for this week, I want to compare the two budgets, highlighting the staggeringly different vision each chamber has … Continue reading

Legislative Update from Rep. Tana Senn: Equal Pay and Education Funding

March 18, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Legislative Update from Rep. Tana Senn: Equal Pay and Education Funding

We’ve had another exciting week, with bills passing and our town hall meeting with constituents. Watch my legislative update below. Town Hall   Last Saturday, the 41st legislative district held its 2015 Town Hall meeting at Somerset Elementary, which was attended by well-over 300 of our constituents. It was a wonderful chance to answer questions and talk about some of the solutions I am working on down in Olympia. Thank you to all of those who made their voices heard. … Continue reading

Read Rep. Tana Senn’s Op-Ed in the Seattle Times on the Gender Wage Gap

March 16, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

IT was 1943. Our country was at war, women were filling job openings left by departing soldiers, rotary dial telephones were the norm and a computer’s weight was measured in tons. That same year, Washington state passed the Equal Pay Act — 20 years before the federal law was enacted. Fast forward to today. Women now comprise nearly half of the paid labor force, touch-screen phones are everywhere and computers fit in the palm of your hand. Times have changed, … Continue reading

Hear Rep. Tana Senn on KUOW discussing Equal Pay

March 12, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Equal Pay Opportunity Act Passes State House

March 11, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

OLYMPIA – Despite the state’s 1943 Equal Pay law, the gap between men and women’s pay remains. In fact, women in Washington state made just 79 cents to the man’s dollar in 2013.  That is 33rd in the nation in terms of the ratio of women’s to men’s earnings. State Representative Tana Senn authored legislation, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, to lessen that gap by prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for discussing compensation. Today, the Washington State House of … Continue reading

Computer Science Education and Paid Sick and Safe Leave

March 9, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Greetings! It’s been quite an exciting time down here in Olympia these past few weeks! I’ve gotten to vote on several important issues including oil train safety, limiting toxic flame retardants, voting rights, and many others. I shot a quick video update on a computer science education bill several constituents e-mailed about, as well as a clip of the speech I gave on the Floor in support of the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act. Click the image below to … Continue reading

Join Rep. Tana Senn and the 41st District Legislators for a Town Hall Meeting

March 6, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Who: State Reps. Tana Senn and Judy Clibborn, and Sen. Steve Litzow What: Town hall meeting When: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 Where: Somerset Elementary School, 14100 Somerset Blvd, Bellevue Why: To talk with constituents about their work in the state Legislature and the issues that matter most to them.

Rep. Tana Senn’s comments from the floor on Paid Sick Leave

March 4, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Below are the comments from Rep. Tana Senn’s floor speech during the debate on Paid Sick Leave, which passed in the House yesterday. “Mr. Speaker, I’m one of those people in the sandwich generation. Two years ago, my mom passed away. It was, it is, so hard. But I have no regrets about the last year of her life. Because I was able to be there in the hospital—to rub her aching limbs, double check the dosage of her medicine, … Continue reading

Legislative Update from Rep. Tana Senn

February 19, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Legislative Update from Rep. Tana Senn

Social emotional learning needed for our children Education and mental health stand out as two of the most important issues facing the legislature this session. In an effort to address their intersection, I’ve been working on legislation that is focused on social emotional learning (SEL). Students today face life stresses that can impact their classroom learning. Issues like homelessness, bullying, family trauma, and so many others can lead to increased stress and decreased academic achievement. By teaching students the emotional … Continue reading

Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn on memorial for former Rep. Ida Ballasiotes

February 19, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn on memorial for former Rep. Ida Ballasiotes

OLYMPIA—During a somber joint session in the Capitol building yesterday, members from the House and Senate met to honor former Washington elected officials who have passed away in the last two years. Among those honored was former State Rep. Ida Ballasiotes, a Mercer Island Republican who died at the age of 78 last year. Ballasiotes entered politics after the tragic murder of her daughter at the hands of a sex offender. Spurred by responses she received on why her daughter’s … Continue reading

Hello from Olympia! A legislative update from Rep. Tana Senn

February 13, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Hello from Olympia! A legislative update from Rep. Tana Senn

Hello from Olympia!   We are well into the 2015 legislative session here in Olympia and I wanted to let you know about some of the work we are doing. It’s a big year, with a lot of discussion about the budget, a transportation package, fully funding basic education, our broken mental health care system, and so many other important issues. While I expect there to be a lot of discussion and some disagreement, I also believe there is common … Continue reading

LEGISLATIVE NEWS: Bipartisan bill meshes education and mental health

February 11, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

LEGISLATIVE NEWS: Bipartisan bill meshes education and mental health

OLYMPIA–Incorporating social and emotional learning into academic preparation is the focus of new legislation proposed by two Mercer Island lawmakers. The bills, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow and Rep. Tana Senn, would develop standards for social-emotional learning in Washington’s public schools. These standards aim to provide students with skills ranging from self-awareness and self-regulation, to responsible decision making and relationship skills. The measure was discussed in the Senate last week and will receive a public hearing on Thursday in the … Continue reading

Rep. Senn’s introduces bi-partisan bill to address social-emotional learning standards

February 9, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn’s introduces bi-partisan bill to address social-emotional learning standards

State Rep. Tana Senn recognizes the importance of good mental health skills in order to achieve academic success. That’s why she introduced HB 1760, which has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Her legislation creates a work group to provide advice and develop benchmarks for K-12 schools social-emotional learning programs. “Unfortunately, too many students experience stresses like homelessness and bullying to depression and playground conflict,” says Rep. Senn. “In order for children to be ready to learn, … Continue reading

Rep. Senn’s Pay Disparity Bill Receives Media Coverage

February 4, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn introduced HB 1646 to require employers to explain why they pay employees differently. Her legislation, an effort to determine why pay disparities exist between men and women, has received attention and is highlighted in this Crosscut article. Read more below: Women’s pay doesn’t pencil out Figures put out by the the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics this week show that Washington women made 79.3 percent of what men did in 2013, 21st in the country and below the 82.1 percent … Continue reading

Rep. Tana Senn talks education, transportation, and mental health.

January 26, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn talks education, transportation, and mental health.

Click the link to See Rep. Senn’s first video update of the 2015 legislative session.

Cleveland, Senn sponsor Equal Pay Opportunity Act

January 22, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Cleveland, Senn sponsor Equal Pay Opportunity Act

OLYMPIA – Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, and Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, today announced their sponsorship of legislation to help close the gap in pay among female workers. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) addresses income disparities, employer discrimination and retaliation practices, and reaffirms Washington’s longstanding pursuit of equality in the workplace. “Even today, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men for similar work,” said Rep. Senn. “It’s time to revisit this issue so we move quickly … Continue reading

ADVISORY: Rep. Senn and Sen. Cleveland to introduce Equal Pay Opportunity Act

January 21, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

ADVISORY: Rep. Senn and Sen. Cleveland to introduce Equal Pay Opportunity Act

Who: State Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island (41st Legislative District) State Sen. Annette Cleveland, D- Vancouver (49th Legislative District) What: Press Availability When: 12:00 – 1:00 January 22, 2015 Where: House Hearing B Why: To present and discuss the Equal Pay Opportunity Act Legislators will propose and discuss the Equal Pay Opportunity Act. Media is invited to attend for photo and video coverage. Rep. Senn and Sen. Cleveland will be available for questions.

Rep. Senn elected to important House Appropriations Committee

January 8, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn elected to important House Appropriations Committee

OLYMPIA – Early last month Rep. Tana Senn was elected by her colleagues to serve on several influential committees including Appropriations and the Early Learning & Human Services Committee. Additionally, she was named Vice-Chair of the General Government and Information Technology Committee. “I am humbled by the faith my peers have placed in me to play such an important role in shaping our state’s budget this session,” Rep. Senn said. “While I do see many tough choices ahead in regards … Continue reading

Rep. Tana Senn selected for Early Learning Fellows Program, appointed to State Building Code Council

May 9, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) has been selected as one of 20 legislators across the country to take part in the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Early Learning Fellows Program. The Early Learning Fellows Program is designed to support legislators who are experienced or emerging leaders on early childhood and early learning issues. Rep. Senn was nominated for the fellowship by House leadership after she demonstrated passion for early learning issues during the 2014 legislative session. In fact, Rep. Senn’s … Continue reading

Video update! Legislative wrap-up…

April 15, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Video update! Legislative wrap-up…

Rep. Tana Senn gives a legislative wrap-up of some of the successes and disappointments of the 2014 legislative session.

Child welfare: Continue federal home-visiting program funding

March 28, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Child welfare: Continue federal home-visiting program funding

Rep. Senn’s first piece of legislation was highlighted in a recent Seattle Times Op-Ed. The piece highlights the benefits of early intervention in the lives of vulnerable youth.   Letter to the Editor We applaud King County Sheriff John Urquhart’s guest column “How visits to families with young children helps law enforcement” [Opinion, March 21]. As stated, home-visiting programs enhance public safety and save taxpayer dollars. Losing federal funding — nearly $9 million — would be an incredible loss to … Continue reading

2014 Session Wrap-Up

March 28, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

2014 Session Wrap-Up

It is good to be home after a short, but exhausting, 60 day session. I hope you will take some time to read through this brief update on the 2014 session. Quality Early Learning for Kids in the Child Welfare System (HB 2519) Children in our child welfare system are some of our community’s most vulnerable. This legislation will help those kids access quality early learning. Families involved in the child welfare system going through the new Family Assessment Response … Continue reading

Senn statement on respecting holidays of faith and conscience

March 6, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Senn statement on respecting holidays of faith and conscience

Today the House passed SB 5173, a bill that will provide employees two days of unpaid time off from work and allow children to be excused from school for their religious holidays. “Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. I was glad some of my colleagues were able to have the flexibility to celebrate and observe their faith. “This bill will give the same flexibility to my kids—to all kids—to practice their religion with their families without concern they will be penalized. Every … Continue reading

Rep. Tana Senn’s statement on HB 2377; an act improving quality in the early care and learning system.

February 20, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn’s statement on HB 2377; an act improving quality in the early care and learning system.

HB 2377, also known as The Early Start Act, passed the house on February 18th. The bill creates incentives and requirements designed to improve access and quality of early learning opportunities in Washington. Rep. Senn spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor, and afterwards was asked for her thoughts on the bill. Here are her remarks… “In my humble opinion, this bill is exactly why we are here as legislators. By focusing on providing quality early education … Continue reading

House passes measure increasing access to early childhood education opportunities

February 14, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

House passes measure increasing access to early childhood education opportunities

Representative Tana Senn’s (D-Mercer Island) first bill passed the House floor yesterday by a strong bi-partisan vote of 90-8 and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The goal of this bill, HB 2519, is to help children in our child welfare system access quality early learning services. “All children deserve the opportunity to excel—not just get by,” Senn said on the House floor. “But our most vulnerable—those in the child welfare system—are barely even getting by.” The bill language … Continue reading

Rep. Tana Senn’s statements on ESHB 1313; Washington’s first paid Sick and Safe Leave bill

January 29, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Tana Senn’s statements on ESHB 1313; Washington’s first paid Sick and Safe Leave bill

“I was honored to speak today in support of ESHB 1313, Washington’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave bill, which provides paid leave for workers who are ill or caring for an ill family member. An often overlooked but, in my eyes, equally important component of this bill is its beneficial impact on survivors of domestic violence. Paid sick and safe leave can literally be a life line for those who are working their way out of abusive relationships. Victims often … Continue reading

Senn named vice chair of Environment Committee

January 27, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Senn named vice chair of Environment Committee

State Rep. Tana Senn’s responsibilities in the 2014 legislative session have shifted into a significantly higher gear. Just appointed this past September to serve in the Legislature, Senn today accepted selection to serve as vice chair of the House Environment Committee. Senn noted that the Environment Committee reflects a core value in her decision to hold office in the Legislature. “The environment is one of the most pressing issues for citizens who make their homes in our 41st Legislative District,” … Continue reading

Rep. Senn delivers message supporting “Moms Demand Action”

January 23, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn delivers message supporting “Moms Demand Action”

Rep. Senn spoke on the steps of the legislative building in support of Moms Demand Action. Click the above link to watch the video.

Rep. Senn testifies before the House Environment Committee

January 22, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn testifies before the House Environment Committee

Rep. Senn discusses State Park Partnerships before her colleagues on the House Environment committee. Click the above link to view the video.

Rep. Senn delivers 2014 Children’s Day speech

January 21, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn delivers 2014 Children’s Day speech

With her family in attendance, Representative Senn had the honor of delivering the Children’s Day speech to the House on Monday January 20th. Click the above link to watch the video.

Rep. Senn introduces small business tax relief measure

January 20, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn introduces small business tax relief measure

A bill sponsored by Representative Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), in conjunction with a request from Governor Jay Inslee, would modify the filing threshold for businesses in Washington bringing much needed tax relief to many small businesses. 

Rep. Senn appointed to three committees

January 14, 2014

Rep. Tana Senn

Rep. Senn appointed to three committees

State Rep. Tana Senn has been appointed to positions on the Early Learning & Human Services Committee, Capital Budget Committee and Environment Committee, This is the lineup Senn pursued after her appointment to the House of Representatives earlier this year. “These three House committees are a great fit for our region,” said Senn, whose 41st Legislative District comprises all or parts of Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Renton, and Sammamish. Senn noted that the committee assignments reflect … Continue reading

Meet a new legislator: Tana Senn, 41st District

November 21, 2013

Washington House Democrats

Meet a new legislator: Tana Senn, 41st District

​Rep. Tana Senn is the newest member of Team House Democratic Caucus, having received unanimous King County Council appointment to the Legislature just this past September. Tana (pronounced “TAW-na”) was selected to finish the unexpired term of former Rep. Marcie Maxwell, who left the Legislature to take a position as an education-policy adviser in Gov. Inslee’s administration. The 41st Legislative District that Tana represents includes all or parts of Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Renton, and Sammamish. … Continue reading

Senn calls aerospace package ‘a great economic win for our region’

November 9, 2013

Rep. Tana Senn

State Rep. Tana Senn, recently appointed unanimously by the King County Council to fulfill an open legislative seat, hit the ground running here in Olympia this week with today’s approval of the Boeing bills. When asked about the impact the aerospace package would have on businesses and families in her 41st Legislative District and other parts of the region, Senn replied, “With more than 230 companies in the South King County area involved in the aerospace economy, this package translates … Continue reading

Mercer Island Patch: Tana Senn Sworn as 41st District State Representative

September 10, 2013

Rep. Tana Senn

Mercer Island Patch: Tana Senn Sworn as 41st District State Representative

From the Mercer Island Patch: The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously appointed Tana Senn to the vacant Washington state House seat in the 41st Legislative District. Senn will replace former Rep. Marcie Maxwell who resigned the seat to accept a position in the office of Governor Jay Inslee. “I am honored to hold this role as State Representative for the 41st Legislative District,” said Senn. “Like Marcie Maxwell before me, I will be a strong and tireless voice for … Continue reading

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Legislative Updates


Legislative update from Rep. Tana Senn on education funding and gender wage discrimination

Rep. Tana Senn on computer science education & paid sick leave

Rep. Tana Senn on Social-Emotional Learning

Rep. Tana Senn on the Equal Pay Opportunity Act

Rep. Senn talks education, transportation, and mental health

Rep. Senn press conference on Equal Pay Opportunity Act

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