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Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos speaking on the House floor on the Day of Remembrance.



A community activist for more than 40 years, Sharon Tomiko Santos was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1998.

Rep. Santos chairs the House Education committee and serves on the House Business & Financial Services and the Technology & Economic Development committees.

She also serves appointments to the Washington State Education Opportunity Gap Accountability and Oversight committee, the Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated Plan Team, and the Financial Education Public Private Partnership.

Her legislative proposals reflect her strong advocacy for providing quality early learning programs for young kids, ensuring a well-trained educator workforce, and closing the opportunity gap. Rep. Santos believes Washington state must strive for providing education excellence and opportunities for all students to learn.

Outside of education, her key policy interests include civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing, and quality public education. She believes in providing level playing fields that allow those who work hard to succeed.

Rep. Santos has served on dozens of boards and foundations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the University of Washington Business and Economic Development Program Board of Ambassadors.

She has received numerous awards for her legislative and community work including the Kip Tokuda Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation and the Leadership and Vision Award from Junior Achievement of Washington.

A graduate of the Evergreen State College and of Northeastern University, Santos has worked in the banking industry, on staff to local public elected officials, and in senior management positions for non-profit organizations.



Master of Arts, Northeastern University (1988)
Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College (1985)

Retail banking
Nonprofit management and fundraising

Executive Policy Staff, King County

Washington State Investment Board (appointed 1/’12/2009)
United Way of King County, Seattle Community Council
YMCA Youth and Government Advisory Board
Japanese American National Museum Advisory Board
Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter Board
Council for Pacific Asian Theology

2012 Recipient, Torch of Leadership Award, Association of Washington School Principals
2011 Recipient, Community Service Award, the Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter
2010 Honoree, 100 Pioneering Women, The Women’s Center at the University of Washington
2010 Recipient, Kip Tokuda Community Leadership Award, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation
2010 Recipient, Multicultural Excellence Award, Washington State Association for Multicultural Education
2009 Recipient, DesJardins Youth Financial Education State Lawmaker Award,Credit Union National Association
2009 Inaugural Recipient, Leadership and Vision Award, Junior Achievement of Washington
2009 Delegate, International Programs and Women’s Legislative Network Exchange (South Africa),National Conference of State Legislatures
2007 Recipient, Community Award, Inter*Im Community Development Association
2006 Recipient, Hate Free Zone Leadership in Justice and Government award
2005 Recipient, TABOR 100 Crystal Eagle Leadership Award for Legislative Action
2000 Recipient, Bernie Whitebear Award, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
1996, Honoree, Celebrating Women’s Leadership, Washington State Women’s Political Caucus
1996, Honoree, Top 10 Contributors to the Asian American Community, Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle WA
1995, NGO Delegate, United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
1993, Recipient, Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keeping the Dream Alive” Award, Seattle, WA

Elected to the House of Representatives in 1998.

Community Economic Development
Health Care
Affordable Housing


  • House sends educational opportunity gap bill to governor’s desk | News - March 10, 2016
    OLYMPIA – After several attempts in recent years, a high-priority bill for House Democrats aimed at closing the educational opportunity gap is heading to Governor Inslee for his signature. The opportunity gap refers to structural problems within the education system... READ MORE
  • House approves bill to address teacher shortage crisis | News - February 17, 2016
    OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives passed another bill aimed at getting more qualified teachers into our classrooms to address the growing teacher crisis in Washington. HB 2573 would ramp up teacher recruitment efforts, encourage retired teachers to return to... READ MORE
  • House votes to close education opportunity gap. Again. | News - February 4, 2016
    OLYMPIA – Not all students are the same. That point was clear today as the state House of Representatives approved a bill to close the education opportunity gap in Washington. The opportunity gap refers to structural problems within the education system... READ MORE
  • Statement from Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos on passage of the No Child Left Behind rewrite | News - December 9, 2015
    Congress approved a rewrite to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act today. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law on Thursday. The following is a statement from Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), chair of the Washington State... READ MORE
  • Group of House Democrats sends letter to Inslee supporting acceptance of refugees | News - November 23, 2015
    OLYMPIA – Today a group of 18 House Democrats sent a letter to Governor Inslee commending his leadership in the potential resettlement of thousands of families and orphans from war-torn Syria. The letter also comes as a response to a... READ MORE
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