Kristine Reeves

Former WA State Representative

Kristine Reeves served as a WA State Representative from 2017-2019. She was the first African American woman elected to the Washington State House in 18 years and the only woman in the legislature with children under 5. She resigned in 2019 to run for Congress in WA-10. Kristine went on to serve as the WA Senior Advisor for the Biden-Harris campaign.

While in the state house, Kristine was instrumental in championing issues on behalf of women and children, working families, and veterans. As an economic developer, Kristine championed nation-leading legislation on childcare reform, environmental justice, and economic opportunity efforts. Kristine brought a lived experience to her work as a first-generation college graduate, former foster youth, and someone who experienced homelessness. While serving as Deputy Majority Whip, she founded the legislature's first Black Members Caucus and the first Veterans & Military Families Caucus.

Motivated by her lived experience and challenged by the continued inequities perpetuated in access to and service in elected office for women and women of color in particular, Kristine was inspired to launch the Political Equity Project, focused on providing individual governance supports and organizational tools to combat systemic oppression and exclusion in public policy development and political institutions.

Kristine is currently an Open Society Foundation “Leadership in Government” Fellow and attending Seattle Pacific University in pursuit of a doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Kristine lives with her husband, Camron, and their two elementary age children in Federal Way, WA.

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