Laurie is the first woman and lesbian Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives
Laurie has been elected by the 27the legislative district four times and was just elected as the first woman and lesbian Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives. Prior to being elected Speaker, she served as Chair of the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and has served on numerous other legislative committees. As Chair of the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, Laurie moved many pro-LGBTQ bills from the floor of the House and was instrumental in defeating anti-transgender legislation. She prime sponsored a first-in-the-nation bill establishing Washington’s Long Term Care Trust Act, assuring that all Washingtonians will have long-term care insurance. She’s also been a leader in addressing gun violence, improving Washington’s behavorial health system, holding large health care systems accountable and improving our court system. Laurie’s consistent focus is on improving the lives of working people and addressing racial, ethnic, gender and economic disproportionality across Washington.