Washington State House Democrats


Rep. Ruth Kagi recognized for supporting employment for people with disabilities

Legislative News from Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle)

June 14, 2016

Rep. Ruth Kagi is recognized for her efforts to support employment for people with disabilities

OLYMPIA – The Community Employment Alliance is awarding Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) with a 2016 Outstanding Legislator award. The award honors the Washington State Legislators who have made exceptional efforts to support employment for people with disabilities.

The Community Employment Alliance is a nonprofit organization made up of businesses and employment service providers across the state. The Alliance focuses improving job opportunities for people with disabilities, including enabling people with disabilities to join and remain in the general workforce.

As chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services committee, Representative Kagi leads the House of Representatives on issues relating to people with disabilities. She has championed policies that promote the hiring of people with disabilities in the public and private sectors. Additionally, she has advocated for programs that provide support and assistance so people with disabilities can obtain and maintain jobs in the general workforce.

“Most people with disabilities would like to work in the community, but they face barriers that can make even finding a job challenging,” said Rep. Kagi. “The Community Employment Alliance does great work to bring employers and individuals with disabilities together to facilitate successful employment. I am honored that the Alliance has chosen me as a 2016 Outstanding Legislator.”