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2018 End of Session Newsletter

                    Many of you received a printed newsletter in the mail. If you did not receive one, here is an electronic... READ MORE

Rep. Pettigrew bill to help low-income families passes legislature

Legislative news from Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle March 14, 2018 Rep. Pettigrew bill to help low-income families passes legislature OLYMPIA – This week, House Bill 1831, sponsored by Rep. Eric... READ MORE

Rep. Pettigrew bill creates an ombuds for the Department of Corrections

Legislative news from Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle March 7, 2018 Rep. Pettigrew bill creates an ombuds for the Department of Corrections OLYMPIA – This week, House Bill 1889, cleared the... READ MORE

Equal Pay Opportunity Act passes the House and other news from Olympia

February 6, 2018 Protecting First Amendment religious freedoms from federal attacks The freedom to practice one’s religion in their own way is an American right protected by the First Amendment... READ MORE

Working together during the 2018 legislative session

Starting off the 2018 legislative session As the 2018 legislative session gets underway, I am thinking a lot about how we are One Washington and how powerful it can be... READ MORE

Gang prevention funding included in new state budget to improve public safety

With a rise in violent gang activity in South King County over the last year, state lawmakers sought and secured funding in the new state budget to help prevent street... READ MORE

Pettigrew sponsors resolution honoring former Seattle Supersonic, Spencer Haywood

OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the House adopted House Resolution 4626 honoring Spencer Haywood and his contributions to professional basketball. Spencer Haywood may be best known for being the catalyst for the... READ MORE

Town Hall coming up soon

Washington State Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew are holding a town hall Who: Washington State Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew What: Town hall meeting When: 10... READ MORE

Legislative e-newsletter: We remember and other updates from Olympia

Day of Remembrance and standing up to federal executive orders On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. That order resulted in 120,000 Japanese Americans and people... READ MORE

What does it take to reenter society after prison? The new Reentry Council is looking for answers.

What does it take to reenter society after prison? The new Reentry Council is looking for answers. OLYMPIA –Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed members to the newly created Washington Statewide... READ MORE

Representative Eric Pettigrew gets a Crayon Award for his advocacy on behalf of young children

June 2, 2016 Legislative news from Rep. Eric Pettigrew Every two years, the Early Learning Action Alliance presents awards to legislators who are leaders and champions for early learning in... READ MORE

Readying young people for careers in maritime industries

May 26, 2016 Readying young people for careers in maritime industries SEATTLE – Today Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle) joined Port of Seattle Commissioners and maritime businesses to launch a new... READ MORE

2016 Legislative Session Report to the 37th District

Dear neighbors, The 2016 legislative session recently ended. We accomplished some significant policy changes and adopted a budget that, while falling short of what I would have liked, invests in... READ MORE

Remembering black Civil War veterans in Washington

Legislative News from Representative Eric Pettigrew February 15, 2016 Remembering black Civil War veterans in Washington OLYMPIA – A memorial requesting that State Route 99 be designated as “William P.... READ MORE

How did you honor Dr. King?

The Civil Rights Battle in 2016 Our nation celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. I spoke about King and his legacy on the... READ MORE

Group of House Democrats sends letter to Inslee supporting acceptance of refugees

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... READ MORE

Statement from Rep. Eric Pettigrew on Supreme Court’s recent decision on charter schools

September 9, 2015 Statement from Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-Renton) on Supreme Court’s recent decision on charter schools. “Last week’s Supreme Court ruling that public charter schools are unconstitutional is a... READ MORE

Governor signs Pettigrew bills into law

OLYMPIA – Prioritizing families, small businesses, and communities, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, championed legislation that was signed into law by Governor Inslee, House Bill 1674 and House Bill 1516. HB... READ MORE

Victories for children, families and small business

It’s hard to believe the 2015 legislative session is in its final week. We are currently negotiating budgets and look forward to coming to a compromise with the Senate soon.... READ MORE

Celebrating, mourning and looking ahead

Go, Team! Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Garfield High School Men’s Basketball team here at the legislature. Their hard work and dedication paid off! These young... READ MORE

Ambassador Andrew Young – a voice for hope

Recently, I had the honor of introducing Ambassador Andrew Young at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Here are my remarks. “I am honored to be here this morning and have the... READ MORE

Early starts and second chances

Town Hall Meeting Every year during the busy legislative session representatives head back to their home districts to host town hall gatherings. Last Saturday morning dedicated constituents of the 37th... READ MORE

Helping former offenders lead productive, successful lives

OLYMPIA – Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, knows that people from all walks of life make mistakes. He also knows that most of them want to pay their debt to society,... READ MORE

Town Hall Meeting

Members of Washington’s 37th Legislative District delegation will host a town-hall meeting on March 14 in Seattle. Sen. Pramila Jayapal and Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew will be on... READ MORE

Washington’s domestic violence laws get much needed upgrade

OLYMPIA – Today in a 92-6 vote the House passed HB 1729, sponsored by Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, which makes necessary changes to our state’s domestic violence laws. “The last... READ MORE