One of the three Democratic legislators representing the City of Olympia in the Washington State Legislature will be heading for the exits at the end of this year. State Representative Laurie Dolan, who currently represents the 22nd Legislative District in Thurston County alongside Senator Sam Hunt and Representative Jessica Bateman, has decided to retire after three terms in the House.
“It has been such an honor and privilege to serve in the State House of Representatives,” said Dolan in a statement sent to NPI.
“I am grateful to the people of the 22nd District who gave me the opportunity to work on priorities for our communities, as well as the future of our state. I’ll deeply miss working with my colleagues and constituents on issues ranging from education improvements to helping our hard-working State Employees, but this is a good time for me to step aside and spend more time with family.”
Dolan cited her key accomplishments as follows:
- Working with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the League of Women Voters to add civics education as a mandatory high school graduation requirement.
- Sponsoring enrollment stabilization legislation during the Covid crisis to keep our school districts funded at the pre-pandemic enrollment levels.
- Establishing “Regional School Safety Centers” in each of our nine educational service districts, staffed by experts to train school staff in recognizing when a student may be a danger to himself or others, and how to help that student get the interventions needed.
- Setting up training and certification programs for School Resource Officers to increase understanding and skills to work with a diverse student population.
Dolan is Vice Chair of the House Education Committee and a member of the House State & Tribal Relations Government Committee. State Government Chair Javier Valdez is running for the Washington State Senate, so that committee will look very different when the 2023 Washington State Legislature convenes.
Dolan noted in her retirement announcement that she has faced cancer twice and is a vocal proponent of improved access to healthcare.
Dolan’s HB 1744 seeks to “establish a new collaborative partnership between UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to accelerate diagnosis, treatment and pioneering of cures for cancer and other diseases.”
Like former NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton, who left the House at the end of 2020 and now works for Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Dolan says she plans to remain active in Washington State politics in other capacities.
“I am thrilled to be able to work on so many issues critical to the health and well being of our kids, democracy, and state workers,” said Dolan.
“Just because I am retiring doesn’t mean my work to improve K‑12 Education or health outcomes will end — I hope it’s just a new chapter of service.”
We hope so, too. Congratulations to Representative Dolan on six great years in the Washington State House. Public service is a serious commitment, and Representative Dolan has served her constituents and all Washingtonians with distinction these past few years. We wish her all the best.