Mike ran for office to make government accountable to the people, not held hostage by corporate special interests. He is the only state legislator who has NEVER accepted corporate campaign contributions.
Mike led the passage of a new law to get “dark money” out of politics, shining a light on special interest funding of our elected officials. He has also introduced a bill to close the lobbyist “revolving door,” so that politicians cannot immediately seek to enrich themselves as paid lobbyists after leaving office.
Mike has voluntarily provided his public records since day one. He was the first State Representative to stand up to the legislature’s attempt to hide public records in 2018.
Fighting for Taxpayers
Mike understands the financial squeeze put on working and retired families, especially those on fixed incomes. He is fighting so working families no longer carry the weight of our taxes.
He successfully urged the governor to veto over $80 million dollars in corporate tax breaks and introduced legislation to use the money saved to reduce property taxes for low-income homeowners, especially seniors. He has voted against every state property tax increase — and for nearly $400 million in property tax cuts for next year.
Mike has sponsored legislation to fix inflated car tab tax valuations, which would return $780 million to Washington taxpayers.
A former sexual assault and domestic violence prosecutor, Mike led the passage of new laws to better hold human traffickers accountable, protect children from abuse, and is leading efforts to expand housing for domestic violence survivors in our community.
As the Vice Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, Mike brought state funding to our community to enhance local police enforcement at criminal hot spots and to support police training and de-escalation techniques.
Mike served as the Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, grassroots coalition working to protect and increase public funding for civil legal aid in Washington.
In the legislature, he co-sponsored the Equal Pay Act, the Voting Rights Act, and Automatic Voter Registration, and voted for paid family and medical leave to give families time off when they have a new child or a family member in need of care.
Mike introduced a bill to ensure Title IX rights are preserved for women and girls in schools across the state.
Education Opportunities for All
The child of educators, Mike is dedicated to educational opportunities for South King and North Pierce County residents. Mike helped create a UW-Tacoma/Highline University partnership that will make higher education degrees and certificates available at a new Federal Way campus. He supported new STEM funding for local schools, and led the passage of a law to expand vocational training for people between jobs.
In 2018, Mike advocated to make the final billion dollar investment to finally meet our constitutional duty to fund basic education. However, he strongly believes we still have work to do to enhance special education funding and fix funding models that have been unfair to our region.
Focused on our community
A Federal Way homeowner, Mike works first and foremost for the people of South King and North Pierce Counties. He is taking on powerful interests to combat airplane noise and identify the health impacts on our community from increased air traffic.
He has fought to protect the former Weyerhaeuser Campus green space from industrial development and has expanded senior services in our area.
Mike is proud to be endorsed by the mayors of Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Milton, and Pacific.