As the architect of the 2013-15 operating budget, Senator Hill was able to help keep tuition rates flat in Washington's public universities and colleges, reinstated the Adult Dental Medicaid program and invest an additional $1 billion into K-12 education.
State Senator Andy Hill’s campaign reported Monday that it had raised $405,000 to-date, the top amount for a legislative candidate in the state. “This is a tribute to the broad support in our community and state and is a strong indicator that people want my bipartisan style of leadership to continue” said Hill.
The campaign has received over 1200 contributions, with nearly half comprised of small donations of $150 or less, and 90% coming from Washington State. “When I talk to people in our community, I get overwhelming support for my bipartisan approach to solving the state’s problems. People just want government to work, and I’ve shown that I am a pragmatic problem solver that works across the aisle to get results” Hill said.
Hill, a former Microsoft manager turned PTA-dad and soccer coach first ran for office in 2010 after battling and beating lung cancer. His deep roots in the community and crossover voter appeal matches well with his independently minded district. He was first elected in 2010 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. He has led on increasing funding for K-12 education, stopping college tuition increases and passage of the VIP Act, which helped thousands of the state's children with developmental disabilities and their families.
State Rep. Andy Hill (R-Redmond) has already raised nearly twice as much as any other legislative candidate in the entire state. According to the Public Disclosure Commission's website, Hill has raised approximately $394,642, the highest of any candidate for the state Senate or state House.
"As the parent of three school-aged children in Redmond, I am impressed with Sen. Hill’s deep and personal commitment to education. Thanks to his leadership on the budget, we saw an additional $1 billion in funding directed to education, as well as the first tuition freeze for higher education in 25 years. And if you’ve ever spent any time with Sen. Hill, you’d know that when it comes to education, he gets it. He understands what our schools and students need to thrive."
Earlier this week Senator Hill caught up with KING 5 investigative reporter Chris Ingalls to discuss a new preliminary audit on DSHS’ handling of food benefits. The report showed that in 2013, roughly $35 million in benefits paid by DSHS were improperly distributed. See the full story below.
One goal is to bring more students into the program at more colleges and universities so they can focus more on their studies and rely less on part-time jobs and focus more on their education. The program is aimed at students coming from low and middle income families.
Andy Hill is good for the budget, children and teachers. No, we do not need another shill for the WEA. Just say “no” to Mr. Isenhower.
For immediate release: May 15, 2014
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Sen. Andy Hill Files for Re-Election
Andy Hill made it official this week and filed for re-election to the state senate from the 45th District.
“When I first ran for office four years ago, it was because Olympia had failed to listen to the citizens of this State and failed to provide leadership on the issues that matter,” Hill said. “I promised to make changes and I’ve kept that promise.”
Andy Hill currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is a leader in the bipartisan majority coalition in the state senate.
Hill’s leadership is clear. For the first time in decades, Washington has a balanced and sustainable budget – without new taxes or accounting gimmicks – that was supported by significant majorities from both parties.
And education is now the top budget priority. Hill led the fight to add $1 billion to K-12, froze college tuition for the first time in 30 years and created a “Kids First” plan that dedicates 2/3 of new revenue to education.
And those who need help are finally receiving it. Hill’s Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act, guarantees that the most vulnerable will receive the help they need. More than 5,000 individuals and families who had been denied support will now get it ─ without a net increase in spending.
“Olympia hasn’t changed me,” Hill added. “I’ve been able to help change Olympia. But there is still much to be done.”
Andy Hill has been endorsed by a bipartisan group of elected officials and community leaders who support his work in Olympia. He has also received numerous awards from education and social service organizations honoring the work he has done on their behalf.
“I am honored to represent the people of the 45th District in Olympia and I take my responsibilities very seriously. I am hopeful voters will entrust me with a second term so that I can continue my work to reform state government, improve education and get help for those who truly need it,” Hill said.
Hill has lived in Washington State for more than twenty years. A graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School, he worked for Microsoft where he was most successful in turning around troubled projects. He also led the company’s design of innovative K-12 educational software. He has served as PTSA President, a volunteer math tutor for the area’s kids, a youth soccer and lacrosse coach and as President of Lake Washington Soccer Association. Hill also serves on the Evergreen Hospital Foundation board and is a trustee on the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, as well as serving on Hopelink’s Campaign for a Lasting Change Advisory board.
Most recently, Hill was honored by Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy for his legislative leadership in prime-sponsoring two major pieces of enacted legislation that benefit individuals with autism and their families.
Andy lives in Redmond with his wife Molly and their three children.
Talk is cheap when it comes to improving education in our state, so when you see a leader step up for kids, that should be honored. That’s why we’re awarding the first Smarter Government Washington Bright Lights award to state Senator Andy Hill of Redmond.