Karen Keiser has been a Washington State Senator since 2001 and has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for improving health care. Before coming to the Senate, she served in the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001.
Karen is the ranking member of the Washington state Senate Health Care Committee, which she chaired from 2005 through 2012, and where she works to improve the state’s health care delivery system. She also sits on four other committees including the Ways and Means and Rules committees.
In addition to serving the citizens of Washington, Karen serves as the chair of the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, a group of legislators from across the nation working to implement health reform. She also is a vice-chair of the National Conference of State Legislators Health Committee and an Executive Board member of the Progressive States Network.
The former journalist and communications director holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in journalism from the University of California.
Karen has earned numerous awards for her legislative and civic achievements including:
American Cancer Society Legislative Champion
The ARC Employment Champion for the Developmentally Disabled
WSPA Distinguished Public Service Award
Progressive States Network State Leader Award
Children’s Alliance Champions for Children Award
Center for Policy Alternatives State Legislator of the Year
In her spare time, Karen enjoys gardening, the ballet, spending time with her family and friends, international travel and attending community service events.