The first month of the legislative session is not unlike the first week of fall quarter. Introductions, syllabi, ground rules. These also are the stuff of the first few weeks of the new legislature.
Aside: while this is the 2013 session of the legislature, it is actually the “63rd legislature.” That’s because Legislatures, the complement of 49 senators and 98 house members, come in two-year packages. Every two years there’s a new batch. This is one reason state government often focuses on the short-term (two-year increments) instead of taking a longer view. [Digression over.]
Several years ago, CWU’s Director of Government Relations, Ann Anderson, developed a refreshing way of introducting CWU to the legislature. While some baccalaureates introduce themselves to new legislators in us-v.s.-them fragments, Central steps forward as “Team CWU.” We try to underscore our desire to work collaborative–students, faculty, administration.
It follows that this might be a good introduction for you, dear reader. Here are your government relations staff for the 63rd Legislature:
Ann Anderson is Central’s lead staff in Olympia. She served in the Washington State Senate for 12 years. Her leadership positions included Senate Majority Whip and Majority Caucus Chairwoman. As a state senator, her committee assignments included the Senate Higher Education and K-12 Education committees. Ann’s work in education has been recognized with CWU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Washington Vocational Education Special Legislative. Ann holds bachelor’s and master’s education degrees from CWU.
Steve DuPont, has served CWU as Government Relations Specialist since 2007. He was the Vice President for Political Affairs for the Associated Students of Central Washington University, in 2006 and 2007. Steve served on the Washington Student Lobby Board of Directors and was awarded the President’s Cabinet Award in 2007 for his effective advocacy on behalf of students. Steve holds a BS in Construction Management from CWU and a Master in Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas.
Pablo Gonzalez is legislative intern for the 2013 session. Pablo is a senior majoring in Political Science with an Organizational Communications Minor. He grew up in Zillah and became interested in government because he knew he could affect people’s lives in a positive way by becoming engaged and involved with his local community. He chose Central Washington University because it was close to home, had a beautiful campus, and small classroom sizes. Welcome Pablo!
Dave Rawlinson is the Faculty Legislative Representative. Dr. Rawlinson is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Information Tehcnology and Adminstrative Management. This is Professor Rawlinson’s second session as faculty rep.
Brianne Wood is t ASCWU Vice President for Legislative Affairs. When she’s not organizing voter registration drives on campus, she will guide students’ efforts in Olympia, chair the CWU Washington Student Lobby chapter; and attend Washington Student Lobby Board Meetings.