Luis is a first generation Peruvian-American born in Dubuqe, Iowa. Soon after getting his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Iowa he moved to the Pacific Northwest. As a student, Luis paid for his education in part by driving a city bus, and translated those skills into his career with Community Transit as an operator, shop steward, and founding member of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1576 Charter in Everett, Washington. Luis worked behind the wheel at Community Transit for 20 years, providing experience and excellence as an operator and organizer.
Luis has worked with teens, youth, and others to develop communities in Snohomish County. He founded the communities of color coalition, the NAACP Snohomish County, and currently organizes with the Snohomish County Citizen’s Committee for Human Rights. He has contributed to the Mountlake Terrace Policing advisory board and the Neutral Zone after school center for at-risk youth.
Luis was elected to the Democratic Party as Secretary in 2005, and worked as Government Relations Director for the Washington Public Employees Association until his retirement in 2009. The following year he ran for an open seat in the 1st Legislative District and began his legislative duties in January of 2011. Luis is the first person of color to represent the 1st Legislative District.
In 2012, despite numerous hurdles, he successfully passed legislation aimed at keeping at-risk youth out of gangs by focusing on prevention and intervention tactics in schools and community centers. He also worked to break ground on a new facility at UW-Bothell for students of science, technology, engineering, and math. Aware of transportation needs in his district, Luis worked on securing funding for projects to improve and maintain commute times for residents in the region.
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, 1974
- 1977 – First President/Business Agent of ATU 1576, the first union for bus drivers at Community Transit (CT), served four terms
- 1996 – CT Management’s first Organizational Improvement Specialist
- 1997 – “Change Agent” in CT’s Executive Team overseeing quality, labor-management collaboration, and diversity programs
- 2000 – Appointed to the PSRC Transportation Policy Board
- 2001- Manager of Washington Public Employees Association/UFCW 365 office in Shoreline handling contract negotiations and other administrative matters for WPEA Bargaining Units in various state agencies and several community colleges from Seattle to the Canadian border
- 2006 – Promoted to Government Relations Director managing WPEA’s political and legislative programs in Olympia for three years and worked closely with numerous coalitions and community groups on legislation relating to health care, pensions, early learning, green jobs, marriage equality, and the environment
- 2009 – Retired
- Organized the Snohomish County Citizens Committee for Human Rights
- Organizer and former Board Member of NAACP-Snohomish County
- Founder of the Communities of Color Coalition of Snohomish County
- Serving third term as Washington State Democratic Party Secretary
- Board President of the Institute for Washington’s Future
- 2011 FUSE Sizzle – Legislative All Star Award
- 2012 FUSE Sizzle – True Patriot Award
- 2012 Entre Hermanos President’s Award
- 2012 Children’s Alliance – Champions for Children Award
ELECTED TO THE WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
18560 1st Ave NE, Suite E800
Shoreline, WA 98155
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600