Liz Berry

Meet Liz

The 36th Legislative District is one of the most progressive, dynamic and thoughtful communities in our state. But affordability issues are crushing our region and our future. Working families are struggling to pay for quality child care and access a decent public education. We must act now to protect our beautiful landscape from the devastating effects of climate change. It’s time to prioritize a healthy recovery and get people back to work.

I am a working mom, a champion for women in leadership, and a strong voice for the people of the 36th Legislative District. I am so proud of the work we have accomplished together in just my first term to expand Washington’s Paid Family & Medical Leave program, implement carbon pricing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prioritize an equitable COVID recovery for all.

Mom and her little helpers in her 1988 race.

I grew up in Arizona. My father fought for justice in the courtroom and my mother fought for public education in the classroom. I answered phones and filed paperwork at my dad’s law practice, a small business that advocated for working people.

I got my first introduction into politics when my mom ran and won a seat on the local school board in 1988. I was five years old and my sister, Page, was three. I still remember knocking on doors, stuffing envelopes and putting up yard signs. My parents taught me the values of fairness, justice and standing up for those who have no voice.

Graduation day at American University.

I was determined to make a positive change in people’s lives through public service and applied to study at American University in Washington, DC. My junior year, I went abroad to Namibia, South Africa and Belgium. I interned for the first woman Mayor of Cape Town and worked the political desk at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. After college I started at the Women’s Campaign Fund, helping to elect women to public office – a passion that sticks with me to this day.

In 2007, I took a job working for a little known newly elected Congresswoman from Southern Arizona named Gabby Giffords. I worked for Gabby throughout her tenure in Congress, lastly as her Legislative Director.

The original DC team for Gabby in Congress.

And then the unthinkable happened. On Jan. 8, 2011, the nation watched in horror as a gunman shot Gabby, our staff and constituents. My friend and colleague Gabe Zimmerman, Gabby’s outreach director, was 30. We share the same birthday and started on the same day in Gabby’s office in January 2007. He was the first Congressional staffer killed in the line of duty. Five other people died. Christina-Taylor Green was just nine years old when she was killed.

This experience touched my life in a profound way. Watching Gabby fight for her recovery over the last nine years and continue to fight to prevent the escalation of gun violence taught me about resilience, hard work and grit.

Gabby and me at a rally for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Seattle.

Years before working for Gabby, I had fallen in love with my husband, Michael, a third-generation Washingtonian. He wouldn’t stop talking about how the Pacific Northwest was the greatest place on earth. So in June 2011, we moved to Seattle and I instantly knew this was the place where we would raise our family and build a life together. I was also committed to keep fighting for the issues I care so deeply about.

Speaking on a panel about electing more women as President of NWPC-WA.

I worked to elect progressives and women to public office. I also became the president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, the state’s oldest organization dedicated solely to recruiting and electing women to public office. I tripled our fundraising and built a mission to recruit more women of color to run for office. I also proudly served on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, where I advocated for candidates who would fight for reproductive justice.

At a bill signing with Governor Jay Inslee.

In 2013, I was afforded an opportunity to work at the Washington State Association for Justice, the region’s largest civil justice advocacy organization. I was drawn to it’s powerful mission to stand up for the legal rights of patients, consumers and injured workers against Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and unscrupulous corporations. It was an honor to later be selected as executive director.

At the Women’s March with my son George.

Throughout my life, I have always been moved to stand up for what I believe. In January 2017, I was spurred to action by attending the Women’s March after I became a mother with the birth of my son George. When I became a parent, I instantly understood the stakes of our future at a personal level. And a few years later, Michael and I welcomed our daughter Eleanor into the world.

My family and I live in Queen Anne.

I’ve spent much of my adult life recruiting and supporting women to pursue leadership opportunities in their community. Now I’m taking my own advice. I’m running for reelection to continue the fight for fairness, lift up working families and children, and bring affordability back to our region. I will stand up for the progressive values that have guided me my whole life as a working mom, nonprofit leader, and champion for creating pathways for women to have a seat at the table. I am proud to represent you in Olympia.

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