Marko Liias – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Senator District 21, Washington

Washington State Democrats
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PO Box 821Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 610-8683
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

I am proud to be a long-time resident of the 21st Legislative District and it is truly an honor to represent you in Olympia. Serving in the Legislature is a tremendous privilege, but it also carries serious responsibility.

I have clear priorities for this session and I hope you'll help me fight for stronger schools, protect our seniors, tackle traffic gridlock, create affordable housing options and strengthen our economy through job creation.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Gender: Male

Family: Single.

Birth Date: 07/17/1981

Birthplace: Edmonds, WA

Home City: Mukilteo, WA

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Attending, Public Administration, University of Washington

BSFS, International Politics,Graduated, Georgetown University, 2003.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Rep. Liias has worked as a freelance journalist, researcher, and most recently as a small business owner. For five years, Rep. Liias helped lead a small family business specializing in green residential construction. It was his involvement in the local chamber of commerce that led Rep. Liias to consider public service.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member, American Society for Public Administration, 2003-present

Member, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County, 2003-present

Member, Built Green of King and Snohomish County, 2004-2008

Member, Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, 2004-2008

Board Chair, Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, 2005.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

In 2005, Rep. Liias was elected to the Mukilteo City Council, where he served for two years. He sponsored the city's first biofuels ordinance, to promote the use of biofuels at local service stations. Rep. Liias also helped position the City of Mukilteo as the lead opponent of commercial air service at Paine Field.

In January 2008, Rep. Liias was appointed to the House of Representatives. In his first session, Rep. Liias sponsored new laws to promote affordable housing, improve consumer protection resources, and provide better training to school personnel.

After his election to a full term in November 2008, Rep. Liias was selected as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community & Economic Development & Trade, Education, and Rules Committees. Rep. Liias also represents the House of Representatives as a member of the Trade and Transportation Committee of the Council of State Governments -- West.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Christian

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Public Official of the Year, Washington Public Campaigns (2009)

Legislator of the Year, Washington Student Association (2009)

Guts of the Year Award, Get Your Guts in Gear Charity Ride (2009)

Business Champion, Joint Chambers of Snohomish County (2008, 2009)

Housing Hero, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (2008)

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