Senator Lisa Wellman represents 41st Legislative District (Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle and parts of Issaquah, Sammamish, and Renton) in the Washington State Senate. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing including executive level positions in Fortune 100 companies. A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets. In the Senate, Lisa serves as the chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. She was also chosen by her colleagues to serve on the Economic Development & Trade Committee, Energy, Environment & Technology Committee and the Transportation Committee. She serves on the board of Thrive (focused on early childhood education), the Washington State Public Works Board, Partners for Rural Washington and is a mentor for MBA candidates at the Foster Business School at the University of Washington. She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.
Senator Lisa Wellman (D)
Senator Ann Rivers (R)
Senator Ann Rivers became the 18th Legislative District’s state senator in mid-2012. It is in Pierce County, and contains a bit of Tacoma, Washington, and the cities of Fircrest, University Place, Lakewood, Steilacoom, and DuPont. Ann was re-elected to the Senate in 2016. She serves as the Republican leader on the Senate Health Care Committee, Senate Ways and Means Committee, and Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Ann focuses on strengthening Washington’s economy, protecting our state’s taxpayers by prioritizing and controlling state spending, offering each child in Washington an opportunity to succeed in school, and making sure the projects Southwest Washington needs for a solid transportation system are moving forward. Ann works at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in north Clark County. She also operates a governmental and public-affairs consulting firm based in La Center, where she resides with her husband Fred and sons, Rex and Derick. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in natural science and history, and a secondary-education teaching certificate.
Representative Beth Doglio (D)
As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Representative Doglio has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving her first term as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district. Beth most recently served as the campaign director at Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit. She also served as the regional co-director for the Power Past Coal campaign. She was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters and served in that role from 1991 – 1995. In 1996 she was a field organizer for National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). She also served as a campaign organizer and later the development director for Audubon Washington. Beth has worked in public, private, and non-profit sectors, and has served in leadership staff positions in numerous political campaigns. Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in political science and telecommunications. She has been married for 21 years to Dr. Eddy Cates, a family physician at Pioneer Family Practice. A mom of two young boys, she enjoys the outdoors, cycling, yoga, running, and traveling.
Representative Mary Dye (R)
Representative Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that improve efficiencies and cost savings for the agricultural community. She has been a lifelong advocate for causes that protect critical infrastructure and technology relating to agriculture, natural resources and transportation. Along with owning and managing a dryland wheat farm, she has served as a field consultant for Spectrum Crop Development, where she was responsible for developing technology to introduce canola production in eastern Washington crop rotations. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in plant science and crop management from the University of Idaho. She has also served as an agriculture educator for the Peace Corps in Thailand. Appointed to the Legislature in 2015, Mary's goal is to work to advance solutions that make Washington state a better place to live, work and raise a family. One of her top priorities is supporting policies that provide economic opportunity for all Washingtonians and allow entrepreneurs to succeed. She is a vocal advocate for limited, but effective government, and believes state agencies at every level need to work more efficiently and effectively for all Washingtonians.