UW Impact

Husky Caucus Directory

The Husky Caucus is comprised of current state legislators who are graduates of any program from any of the University of Washington’s three campuses. We are proud to have UW alums on both sides of the aisle, representing various communities across Washington state, and from all types of educational backgrounds. With degrees from statistics to social work, pharmacy to electrical engineering, these alums have dedicated themselves to public service. UW Impact is proud to highlight the Huskies serving in office.

Steve Bergquist
Rep. Steve Bergquist, D-11

District: 11

District Includes: Seattle and Renton

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: D

UW Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History

Committees: Appropriations (2nd Vice Chair); College and Workforce Development; Education; Rules

John Braun

District: 20

District Includes: Centralia, Packwood, and Toledo

Chamber: Senate

Party: R

UW Degree: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Committees: Ways & Means (Ranking Member); Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade; Labor & Commerce

Michelle Caldier

District: 26

District Includes: Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: R

UW Degree: Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology; Doctor of Dental Medicine

Committees: Healthcare & Wellness (Assistant Ranking Minority Member); Appropriations; and Education

What is your favorite place on campus?: HUB, IMA, and D-2 Clinic at the School of Dentistry

Frank Chopp

District: 43

District Includes: Downtown Seattle, First Hill, Capitol Hill, University District, Ravenna, Wallingford, and Fremont

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: D

UW Degree: Bachelor of Arts in General Studies

Committees: Appropriations; Healthcare & Wellness

What did you learn at the UW that you find most handy in your current legislative role?: At UW, I learned how essential it is to step outside your comfort zone to advocate on important issues. This involves reaching out to communities that you normally wouldn’t think of working with, as well as taking an unpopular opinion here and there. Real change comes from everybody being involved, not just a select few!

Chris Corry

District: 14

District Includes: Yakima County, Goldendale, and Trout Lake

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: R

UW Degree: Bachelor of Art in Political Science

Committees: Appropriations; Capital Budget; Education; Human Services & Early Learning; Rules

What did you learn at the UW that you find most handy in your current legislative role?: Through being part of the student government, I learned how to effectively work with others, and negotiate with people from different circles.

Manka Dhingra

District: 45

District Includes: Sammamish, Kirkland, and Cottage Lake

Chamber: Senate

Party: D

UW Degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence

Committees: Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care (Chair); Ways & Means; Law & Justice (Vice Chair); Health & Long Term Care

What did you learn at the UW that you find most handy in your current legislative role?: What I appreciated most about UW, and there is a lot to appreciate, is the access to their hands-on clinics, seminars, and willingness to bring in perspectives from the real world to supplement our academic teaching. I run my policy committee the same way, ensuring that I hear from all points of view, especially from those individuals doing the work. Those in the trenches know the problems and have solutions.

Laurie Dolan

District: 22

District Includes: Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: D

UW Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English and Education

Committees: Education (Vice Chair); Appropriations; State Government & Tribal Relations

What is your favorite UW memory?: I loved the multi-cultural opportunity to attend a school with 33,000 other students. I started the summer quarter after high school graduation. I was 17 years old and so ready to be out on my own. Getting lost in that mass of humanity, in such an exciting city, provided the life expansion I craved.

Jake Fey

District: 27

District Includes: South Tacoma, Hilltop, Ruston, and Fife Heights

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: D

UW Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Committees: Transportation (Chair); Environment & Energy

Mia Gregerson

District: 33

District Includes: SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent, Burien, Renton, and unincorporated King County

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: D

UW Degree: Bachelor of Arts in History

Committees: State Government & Tribal Relations (Chair); Labor & Workplace Standards; Transportation

What is your favorite UW memory?: I enjoyed being on a rowing team. At that time, there was a five person shell rowing team (intermural) and looking back this was such a special opportunity. I also enjoyed meeting other students on the bus ride in from Des Moines every morning.

Bob Hasegawa
Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-11

District: 11

District Includes: Seattle and Renton

Chamber: Senate

Party: D

UW Degree: Master of Public Administration

Committees: Financial Institutions; Economic Development & Trade (Vice Chair); State Government; Tribal Relations & Elections; Rules, Ways & Means

What did you learn at the UW that you find most handy in your current legislative role?: That strong core values and community experience/connection are extremely important in governing.

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