Representative Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney has been a groundbreaking leader for social justice, working families and opportunity for all the peopleof Washington. All of our state, and the 46th legislative district in particular, owe her a great debt and her tireless and inspirational leadership is irreplaceable.
Phyllis has served as a longtime mentor to me, first in her service as an officer and Chair of the 46th District Democrats, and, now, having the honor of serving as her seatmate in the House of Representatives. No freshman Representative could have a better mentor.
While slight in stature, Phyllis’ heart is unmatched in size. In her fifteen years of service in the legislature, Representative Gutiérrez Kenney has worked to provide housing for the homeless, protect the rights of workers, and to provide training and education to people from all walks of life seeking to better their lives. Thousands of students recognize Representative Gutiérrez Kenney as the mother of our state’s Opportunity Grant Program.
Representative Gutiérrez Kenney’s leadership is reflected in the tremendous work chairing the Community Development and Housing Committee. The latest of her many accomplishments, a bill that expands a highly successful program supporting local services for the homeless, passed the Senate last night and will be on the governor’s desk in the coming days. I cannot think of a more fitting way for Phyllis to end her career here in the legislature.
I am thankful for the short time I’ve served alongside with Representative Gutiérrez Kenney, and will continue to seek her guidance and input as part of our 46th District’s legislative team. I know that her leadership for the Latino Advocacy and Leadership Institute will continue to provide inspiration and new leaders for our state in the coming years. I look forward to assisting her in this important work.
Representative Gerry Pollet