Biography

Representative Debra Lekanoff represents the 40th legislative district of Washington state, which includes parts of Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties. She is a proud mom who fights every day to ensure younger generations, including her daughter Emma, can continue to flourish. She in inclusive in her decision making process by listening to stakeholders, citizens and governmental bodies. She is known for her experience and capacity to work with vast parties, and on vast issues, and get the job done. Sworn in to the Washington State House of Representatives in January 2019, Representative Lekanoff is the only Native American woman to currently serve in the Legislature. 

Representative Lekanoff has called the Skagit Valley home for almost 20 years. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Representative Lekanoff serves as Governmental Affairs Director for the Swinomish Tribe. With over 20 years of government relations experience,  she engages on a variety of issues at the international, federal, tribal, state, and local levels.  

Representative Lekanoff’s background and experience provide valuable knowledge and perspectives that allow her to lead on a wide range of policy issues, including but not limited to, environment, natural resources, climate change, education, housing, and agriculture. To learn more about Rep. Lekanoff’s work in each of these areas, please visit her issues page. Representative Lekanoff is Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy & Environment. She also sits on the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the Capital Budget Committee. She is also co-chair of the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Water Supply. 

In 2019, Representative Lekanoff successfully brought home several bills that reflect the values of the 40th legislative district. The legislature addressed the H2A safety crisis in migrant camps, protected the orcas and salmon from catastrophic oil spills with prevention measures, removed barriers for voting rights for First Americans, supported fully funding the Home Trust Fund, and passed the Nation’s strongest climate change bills. In addition, she worked in collaboration with House and Senate members to fund a number of local capital projects. 

Gearing up for the 2020 session, Representative Lekanoff has been working on a number of bills that address issues such as salmon recovery, water quality and quantity, education funding, wildlife management, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and Indian health care reform including youth suicide prevention, behavioral health, and the opioid crisis.   

Representative Lekanoff is proud to be your representative for the 40th legislative district and will continue to fight hard to best represent you. To learn more and follow her work in district and Olympia, please sign up for her Fantastic Friday e-newsletter.