Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, takes her seat on the Senate floor Monday, Jan. 9, the first day of the 2017 legislative session.

Maureen represents the 16th Legislative District, which encompasses Columbia and Walla Walla counties and parts of Benton and Franklin counties. Maureen joined the Senate in 2017. She began her service as a legislator the state House in 2005; before then she served the district as legislative assistant to former Rep. Dave Mastin.

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.

Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla.
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Maureen serves on the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee and the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.

As a small business owner, Maureen 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.