Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, takes her seat in the Senate Jan. 9, 2017, 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 in the state House in 2005; before then she spent 12 years as legislative assistant to her predecessor, former Rep. Dave Mastin.

Maureen’s legislative priorities include creating a climate in which business can thrive and grow, 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. Throughout her career in the House and Senate, Maureen has been an advocate for early learning programs that empower children and parents. Her efforts helped lead to the creation of the state Department of Early Learning in 2006, now part of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla.

Maureen is the ranking member on the Senate Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee. She also  serves on the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.

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.

Aside from her work in the state Legislature, Maureen serves as a board member for Thrive Washington, a nonprofit public-private partnership that works to prepare Washington children to succeed in school and life.

Maureen lives in College Place, WA, with her partner Jim, and has three grown children – Shauna, Patrick and Murphy.