Andy Hill Endorsed By Washington Fire Chiefs

The Washington Fire Chiefs endorsed Senator Andy Hill for re-election in a top tier race for the State Senate. Hill is recognized as a supporter of public safety in the legislature for protecting the state’s commitment to provide for those who serve the community.

“Our community firefighters put their lives at risk for us and it will be especially important to work together to protect them in the upcoming budget discussion,” stated Hill. 

As Chair of Ways and Means, Hill worked with firefighter advocates to maintain the state’s commitments to those who serve while passing a long-term sustainable budget. Hill has already been endorsed by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, King County Corrections Guild, and Law Enforcement Officers & Firefighters 1 Coalition.

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Hill is a former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

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Andy Hill Named Legislator of Year By Association of Washington Business

CLE ELUM — Today, the state's largest business organization named Sen. Andy Hill Legislator of the Year.

The awards were presented Wednesday during AWB’s 25th annual Policy Summit at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

Hill received AWB's Matson Award, given annually to a lawmaker who upholds the tradition of the late Sen. Jim Matson, R-Selah, by working courageously and effectively across party lines in Olympia to make the state a better place for business.

Hill, R-Redmond, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, led the budget-writing work of the Majority Coalition Caucus in 2013, resulting in the most bipartisan budget in decades and the first in 30 years that did not increase tuition at public universities and colleges. The budget, which received yes votes from 89 percent of lawmakers, added $1 billion for basic education. This year, he worked with others to build upon the success and helped pass a supplemental budget that was even more bipartisan, passing 48-1 in the Senate.

"Sen. Andy Hill was instrumental in building a sustainable state budget that put students first and halted three decades of relentless college tuition increases," said AWB President Kris Johnson. "Senator Hill worked across the aisle and created a broad coalition of lawmakers to move our state in a positive direction."

Hill said he took the hard way toward a balanced budget. “The easy way out is to raise taxes,” Hill said in accepting the award. “The hard way is to sit in a room with your Democratic counterpart and hammer it out line by line. We were able to change the fundamental trajectory of spending and we were able to do it in a bipartisan manner.”

Andy Hill Endorsed By Children’s Campaign Fund as “Champion of Children”

Senator Andy Hill has received the endorsement of Children’s Campaign Fund, designating him a “Champion for Children” for his commitment to putting kids first as a legislator. Hill’s record in the Senate is noted for a $1 billion investment in schools and innovative solutions for individuals with developmental disabilities, paraeducator support for 500,000 kids in Washington, and free IT training through Microsoft and the state library.

“My first steps in serving the community began as a PTA dad trying to help my kids have a great education,” stated Hill. “As Senator, I have kept those same priorities, working to rewrite the budget with education as a first priority and offering new ideas to provide world-class schools for every student in the state.”

As Chair of Ways and Means, Hill reversed a 30 year trend of non-education spending outpacing education spending and created the VIP Act to provide 5,000 children and individuals with developmental disabilities with needed services. He has already received endorsements from Stand for Children and The League of Education Voters.

Hill stated, “My priority continues to be putting kids first. This year I authored the Kids First Act to guarantee that two-thirds of new state revenue be committed to education. I appreciate the recognition of my effort to stand up for children and I plan to live up to this honor in the coming legislative session.”

Children’s Campaign Fund is the only PAC in Washington State devoted to promoting child health, education, and welfare for the vulnerable through electing champions for children. It is one of only a handful of children's PACs in the country and the nation's oldest statewide PAC for children.

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Hill is a former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

 

Senator Andy Hill’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

In response to the latest ruling of the Supreme Court regarding the McCleary case, Sen. Andy Hill made the following statement:

I’m glad the Court has again confirmed its commitment to making education funding a priority for this state. As our primary constitutional duty, funding education must come first when it comes to the budget. One of the main reasons I first ran for office as a PTA dad was to end Olympia’s decades of neglect in prioritizing our schools. The Court states clearly, “The State, moreover, has known for decades that its funding of public education is constitutionally inadequate.” The ruling adds, “This proceeding is therefore the culmination of a long series of events, not merely the result of a single violation.”

Since being elected to the Senate and then appointed Chair of Ways and Means, I have taken steps to end this period of neglect, writing and passing a budget that invested $1 billion more in education, added $4 to education for every $1 of non-education spending increases, and froze college tuition rates. While these are simply first steps, they represent the first steps taken in 30 years to reverse this trend.

The upcoming legislative session is an important next step in addressing this problem, which the courts have recognized by not instituting sanctions until after our work in 2015. There is more we need to do and it is important that we recognize this is a matter of priorities. Education must come first when it comes to the budget.

I have already proposed one tool to help the legislature truly prioritize education by authoring the Kids First Act. This act would require two-thirds of all new revenue for the next ten years be committed to education. I hope to employ this plan in the coming session as we work to develop a bipartisan solution to put kids first.

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Senator Andy Hill Celebrates Back to School Week

Senator Andy Hill celebrates the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, marking the profound change of course for education in Washington since he was first elected and the promise of continued improvement for schools moving forward.

“Like so many families across our community who are sending kids back to school, I’m reminded of how critical education is to the future of our children,” said Hill. “When I first started as a PTA dad I was moved to take action to make sure we provide a world class education right here in Washington. It is profoundly rewarding to be a part of the culture shift toward prioritizing education and accountability in Olympia.”

Hill was the chief architect of a $1 billion investment in the state K-12 budget which reversed the damaging 30-year trend of non-education spending rising at twice the rate of education spending. As Chair of Ways and Means, Hill’s 2013-15 budget increased education spending 4-to-1 over non-education spending, froze college tuition rates, and passed out of the Legislature with an historic level of bipartisan support.

“Everyone can agree that giving our children a high quality education is a priority, but to reach this goal it takes making the hard decisions to put kids first,” said Hill. “Knowing that we face serious challenges for funding and improving our schools in the next legislative session, I hope to continue the bipartisan, common-sense approach that brought us results over the past two years.”

With endorsements from Stand for Children, League of Education Voters, Public School Employees, and Children’s Campaign Fund, Hill is the clear choice of education advocates to return to the Senate.

A PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, Andy Hill was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. A former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate, Hill lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

Andy Hill Endorsed by Public School Employees

Public School Employees of Washington have endorsed Andy Hill for re-election to the State Senate. As the architect of a $1 billion investment in education in 2013 and prime sponsor of critical paraeducator legislation, Hill has been a strong advocate for public school employees. This endorsement represents another addition to a growing list of education advocates supporting Hill.

“As a PTA dad, high quality education is my top priority,” state Hill. “Public School Employees represent the staff that provide the support and education that our children need. I am very pleased to have their support.”

In addition to the $1 billion in added education funding, Hill worked with Public School Employees of Washington to champion SSB 6129 to provide increased paraeducator support for Washington students.

“Senator Hill championed a monumental bill to jumpstart the state’s effort to reduce the opportunity gap by focusing on the education services provided by paraeducators,” stated Doug Nelson, Government Relations Director for Public School Employees. “Andy Hill is an ally of public school employees and we fully support his return to the Senate.”

Public School Employees of Washington represents over 26,000 classified educational support professionals in Washington State’s preschools, K-12 schools, and universities.

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Hill is a former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

Andy Hill Endorsed by Washington State Patrol Troopers Association

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association announced its endorsement of Senator Andy Hill for re-election. Hill has been an advocate for public safety in his role as chair of Ways and Means, ensuring the state protects its commitment to those who serve and maintains a high standard of law enforcement.

“I deeply respect the service of our Troopers in keeping our roads and highways safe,” stated Hill. “I appreciate that the law enforcement community trusts my leadership in the Senate the way I trust their service to our state.”

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association protects and supports the careers of the state’s primary law enforcement agency. 

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Hill is a former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

Andy Hill Posts His Highest Vote Margin Ever in Primary Election Results

State Sen. Andy Hill is receiving his highest vote percentage since first running for office following the August 5th primary election.

“I'm very pleased with the results,” stated Hill. “This is a strong indicator of a broad, bipartisan level of support for my re-election and I'm eager to head to the general election.”

The 45th is the only Legislative District in the state with a Republican Senator winning while two Democratic house members are ahead in their races as well, making Hill's vote total one of the most bipartisan results in the state. Hill also recently reported passing the $500,000 fundraising mark.

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Hill is a former Microsoft manager and Harvard Business School graduate. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

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Andy Hill Secures Endorsement of Home Healthcare Workers

Senator Andy Hill received a major labor endorsement in his re-election campaign. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 Healthcare NW announced its endorsement of Hill, adding key labor support to a broad, bipartisan coalition backing Hill's re-election.

“Washington's workers are a tremendous resource and I'm very glad to receive this support from the labor community,” stated Hill. “This is a valuable relationship to me and I look forward to working with this state's homecare workers in the future.”

This labor endorsement joins a growing list of business endorsements for Hill, demonstrating a broad, bipartisan base of support for the Senate's chief budget-writer. Hill wrote and passed a budget with a vote of 44-4 in the Senate that honored the state's commitments to its workers while dramatically increasing education funding without new taxes, demonstrating his bipartisan work ethic.

SEIU 775 NW represents over 40,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in the Northwest, providing essential services for seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. SEIU 775 NW is part of the larger SEIU organization that now represents more than 2 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and more than 1.1 million health care workers across the country.

Hill, a PTA dad and soccer coach with deep roots in the community, was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. His leadership increased funding for K-12 education, stopped college tuition increases, and provided services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. He lives in Redmond with his wife and three children.

 

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