Representative Shelley Kloba’s journey to the state Legislature started as a parent advocate at her daughter’s public schools. Inspired by her experience advocating for her local PTA, she served a four-year term on the Kirkland Park Board and as a trustee for the Lake Washington School Foundation. In 2011, she was elected to serve as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director. After two years of working with policy makers, she was appointed and then elected to the Kirkland City Council, serving from 2013 to 2016.
While serving as a councilmember, Representative Kloba was actively involved in supporting kids and families on the Eastside Human Services Forum, the King County Domestic Violence Initiative, the King County Cities Climate Collaboration, and the King County Board of Health.
In November 2016, Representative Kloba was elected to her first term in the State House of Representatives, where she now serves as vice-chair of the Innovation, Technology, and Economic Development Committee, vice-chair of the Commerce & Gaming Committee, and on the Transportation Committee.
Since joining the Legislature, Representative Kloba has taken a lead role in gambling policy, serving on the problem gambling task force and as an ex-officio member of the Washington State Gambling Commission. In 2019, she passed legislation that created a program allowing people who struggle with gambling disorder to self-exclude themselves from gambling. She has also been instrumental in evolving our state’s new legal cannabis industry, ensuring that children are protected, and businesses have clear guidelines to operate.
Representative Kloba has also pushed the development of autonomous delivery forward. She sponsored legislation that regulated and permitted the use of personal delivery devices (PDDs), low speed robots that can make deliveries by using sidewalks. PDDs can help relieve congestion by getting more cars off the road and speeding up delivery times. Washington is the eighth state to permit the use of PDDs.
Other areas of interest include data privacy, energy policy, multi-modal transportation, special education, and behavioral health.
Representative Shelley Kloba graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Kinesiology (1990) and from the Seattle Massage School with Honors (1996). She earned a certificate in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Idaho in 2017.