Maureen represents the 16th District, which encompasses Columbia and Walla Walla counties and parts of Benton and Franklin counties, in the Washington State Senate. She began her service in the state House in 2005; before then she served the district as former Rep. Dave Mastin’s legislative assistant.
Maureen’s legislative priorities include creating and preserving jobs, addressing agriculture and water needs; making health care more affordable, preparing students for a changing economy and holding government agencies accountable. She believes these priorities can be addressed while protecting seniors and our most vulnerable citizens with disabilities. Maureen strongly supports early learning programs that empower young parents, and expanding early education opportunities to rural areas in our state.
Maureen serves on the Senate Health Care Committee, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, and the Senate Transportation Committee.
Maureen owns Onion World Restaurant, located in downtown Walla Walla, and home of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausage. As a small business owner, she knows firsthand the hardships employers and employees face in today’s economy and makes it a priority to support policies that will help create and preserve jobs for Washingtonians.
Aside from her work in the state Legislature, Maureen serves as a member of the “Thrive By Five” board, a nonprofit public-private partnership that “works to ensure that all children in Washington are ready to succeed in school and life.” She is also an annual donor to the St. Mary’s Hospital Gran Fondo local cancer fund, and cooks Walla Walla Sweet Onion Sausages for all of the participants.
Maureen lives in College Place, WA, and has three grown children – Shauna, Patrick and Murphy.