Steve is a public school teacher and small business owner from Renton. He is a proud fourth generation resident of the 11th District, graduating from Renton’s Hazen High School.
He graduated from the UW with a double major in Political Science and History and received his Master’s in Teaching with a social studies endorsement from WWU. His wife, Avanti, is a faculty physician at the UW and Seattle Children’s Hospital. They have one daughter, Anjali.
First elected to the state House in 2012, Steve was named deputy majority floor leader as a freshman. He is a member of four policy committees: Education, Higher Education, Transportation, and State Government, where he serves as vice chair. He was elected in 2015 to a seat on the Rules Committee, which determines which bills will be debated and voted on by the full House.
Outside the Legislature, Steve is active in community affairs and has helped hundreds of students gain valuable service experience with groups like Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank.