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For more than 30 years, Mike Sells worked as an elementary and secondary-school teacher in the Everett School District. With that experience, coupled with his leadership of the Everett Education Association and service as a trustee at Central Washington University, Sells brings a wealth of information on the education needs of the state to the Legislature.

He knows that jobs and education are key to building a strong economy, so he continues to push for investments in our schools and workforce training. Through legislative action, he was the leading force to making the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Paine Field a reality. Likewise, he succeeded in bringing a Bachelor of Science nursing program to Everett Community College University Center.

First elected in 2004, Rep. Mike Sells currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee, tasked, among other things, with developing strategies to align worker training with emerging industries.


He has been married since 1971 to Gayle Stevens Sells, a piano teacher, and they have two grown children, Andy and Amy.


Graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Education, majored in History with a minor in Geography, in 1967. Fifth-Year Teacher Certification from the University of Washington in 1971.

1976 to present
Serving as the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Snohomish County Labor Council, AFL/CIO. This became a full-time position in 1998. The organization is the co-ordinating body for 65 different AFL/CIO unions in Snohomish County, representing more than 42,000 working people.

1981 to 1998
Served as the President of the Everett Education Association, which is elected on an annual basis. The position started out as half-time, with the other half-time spent in the classroom. By the early 1990s, it became a full-time position. From 1969 to 1980, served as President of the Everett Federation of Teachers, Local 772, AFL/CIO. The EFT was merged with the EEA in 1981.

1967 to 1991
Worked as a teacher in Everett School District #2 at both the elementary and secondary level. I taught at North Junior High (now middle school), Jackson Elementary, Evergreen Middle School, the Youth Resource Center (Juvenile Parole Services), and Phoenix Alternative High School.

1981 to Present

Serving on the Everett Housing Authority Board which oversees the Federal Housing programs in the City of Everett. Appointment was made by the Mayor of the City of Everett, and approved by City Council. I am currently the Vice Chair, and have served three terms as chair of the Board.

1995 to Present
Serving on the Central Washington University Board of Trustees where I am currently the Vice Chair. I was appointed by Governor Lowry, and reappointed by Governor Locke for a second term in 2000. Oversight of the budget.

Other current or former board service
Snohomish County Economic Development Council (1981 to present)
City of Everett’s Shoreline Public Access Advisory Committee (2003)
City of Everett Salary Commission (1998). Snohomish County United Way and Executive Board (mid 80’s. Served as one of the vice presidents in 1985.
Washington State Temporary Special Levy Study Commission appointed by Governor Evans (1972-1973).
Washington State Governor’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee appointed by Governor Lowry (1992-1993).
Snohomish County Needs Assessment on Housing (early 1990s, co-chaired with County Executive Bob Drewel).
Snohomish County Tomorrow (1990-1991)
Snohomish County Executive’s Citizens’ Cabinet appointed by County Executive Aaron Reardon (2004).
Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (early 1980s until 1985).
Everett Public Library Strategic Planning Committee (2004).
Everett Area Chamber of Commerce Board (1992-1993).
Central Washington University Alumni Association.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2004


Rep. Sells’ 1/12/18 Update: Priorities / Paid Sick Leave / Gender Pay Equity

Welcome to the 2018 Legislative Session Every year, the Speaker of the House starts off the legislative session with an opening day speech that highlights past successes, shares our values, and suggests priorities that lawmakers will tackle in the coming... READ MORE

38th Legislative District Newsletter

Friends and neighbors, During the 2017 legislative session, we successfully advocated for policies and a budget that makes children and families a priority. While it wasn’t everything we wanted, we are proud of the major accomplishments, including passing the Paid... READ MORE

Sells’ 4/28/17 Update: Special Session / Transportation / Get Involved

Special Session The governor called us back into session on Monday to get our work done. While making decisions about the state’s two-year budget is complicated, I am disappointed that Senate Republicans haven’t even made a good faith effort to... READ MORE

Sells’ 4/11/17 Update: Closer look at Budgets / Internet Privacy / Free Park Days

Investing in a Strong Economy The House Democrats’ budget speaks to our values and focuses on building a Washington that works for everyone. Our proposal cleans up our upside down tax code and invests in the foundations of thriving communities.... READ MORE

Sells’ 3/27/17 Update: Senate Budget / Sound Transit 3 / Low Unemployment

Senate Budget The state’s budget is a statement of our values. The spending decisions we make as a legislature have real impacts on people like you and me, and especially on the most vulnerable among us. As you know, the... READ MORE


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