Biography

 

As a working mom with two kids, Tana brings an important perspective to legislative issues. She consistently advocates for busy families through policies that address education and community needs, and seeks upstream solutions to prevent crises before they occur.

As a state representative for the 41st Legislative District, Tana sits on the Education Committee, the Early Learning and Human Services Committee serving as Vice Chair, and the Appropriations Committee. Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap and ensure our children have access to mental health services and social emotional learning in our schools.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked for 15 years in government relations and communications in the private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors before her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council.

Tana serves on the board of Hopelink and the National Association of Jewish Legislators, as well as on the Advisory Board of the UW Masters of Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology Program. She has held previous board roles on the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation, and the Island Park Elementary School PTA.

Tana, her husband, two children and their big black lab live on Mercer Island.

Honors and Awards:

Alliance of Eastside Agencies, Elected Official of the Year, 2017
American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Health Advocate Award, 2017
Community Employment Alliance, Employment First Champion, 2017
Community Residential Services Association, Supported Living Champion Award, 2017
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2016
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2016
Early Learning Action Alliance, Crayon Award, 2016
The Arc of King County, Developmental Disabilities Advocate Award, 2016
Washington School Counselor Association, Advocacy All Star, 2016
Association of Washington Cities, City Champion Award, 2015
Community Employment Alliance, Outstanding Legislator, 2015
King County Family Coalition, Champion for Children, 2015
Children’s Campaign Fund, Champion for Children Award, 2014

News

  • Washington minds the gap: Legislature passes Equal Pay Opportunity Act | News - March 7, 2018
    OLYMPIA—It was 1943 when Washington passed a law making it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for similar work. Three-quarters of a century later, a white woman working full time in Washington state makes 76.5 cents to... READ MORE
  • My statement on transparency and Senate Bill 6617 | E-newsletters - March 2, 2018
    Transparency and Senate Bill 6617 Thank you to those who reached out to engage with me on the issue of public records. Overwhelmingly, people expressed concern about the lack of transparency and how the legislature handled that bill. I heard... READ MORE
  • Guns, Government Transparency & the Paris Climate Agreement | E-newsletters - February 28, 2018
    Now is the time for common-sense gun legislation In the wake of so many mass shootings nationwide – in schools, in churches, in workplaces – Washingtonians are calling on lawmakers to help keep them safe from gun violence. Here in... READ MORE
  • Senn hails passage of legislation banning bump stocks | News - February 23, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Earlier today, the House of Representatives approved legislation to ban bump-fire stocks. Senate Bill 5992, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 56-41. The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase,... READ MORE
  • House passes Senn legislation on children’s mental health | News - February 16, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to improve access to mental health services for children and youth on a strong, bipartisan vote of 84-14. House Bill 2779, sponsored by long-time champion of children’s mental health, Rep. Tana... READ MORE
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    Contact

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    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 309
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7894
    Email Tana

    District Office:
    1611 116th Ave NE
    Suite 206
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    (425) 453-3037

     

    Legislative Assistant:
    Emma Palumbo
    Email: Emma.Palumbo@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Early Learning & Human Services (Vice Chair)
    Appropriations
    Education

    To schedule an appointment or other office inquiries:
    Emma Palumbo, Legislative Assistant
    (360) 786-7894
    Emma.Palumbo@leg.wa.gov

    For Press Inquiries:
    Megan Stockhausen, Communications Specialist
    (360) 786-7323
    Megan.Stockhausen@leg.wa.gov

    For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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