Rep. Tana Senn

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.  “This bill will help ease some of the burden on family owned small businesses, and new start-ups as well.” Rep. Senn noted when asked about her bill. “The legislature must look at all available avenues to continue making our economy one that works for … Continue reading

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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Rep. Tana Senn gives a legislative wrap-up of some of the successes and disappointments of the 2014 legislative session. The representative’s biggest disappointments were the lack of job creation bills, a new transportation package and the failure to pass a capital budget. However, many policy items–like the Dream Act, extended foster care services, and the extension of early learning to children in the welfare system–were enacted by the legislature.


Rep. Tana Senn talks about three important health and safety-related bills recently passed out of the House, including the oil transport bill, a bill keeping firearms from domestic violence perpetrators, and the Reproductive Parity Act. Rep. Senn said she was proud to vote for all three bills.


Rep. Tana Senn talks about her work to support the Farmer’s Market Nutrition program, encourage school cafeteria to provide more nutritional options, and her bill expanding food and yard waste collection.


Rep. Tana Senn talks about the recent work she’s done to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through HB 2678, reducing paperwork and saving business owners money. She also talks about her support of the recently passed Paid Safe & Sick Leave bill.


Rep. Tana Senn testifies in support of her bill, HB 2678 to the House Finance Committee.


Rep. Senn discusses hot topics in the Legislature this year including the DREAM Act, early learning, gun safety, and education funding.

The House Democratic Caucus (with Rep. Senn) pays tribute to Dr. King’s dream.

Representative Senn speaks with TVW about becoming a new member of the State Legislature.

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