Kevin Ranker

Senator

Orcas Island, WA

Kevin Ranker was first elected as a Washington State Senator in 2008. Kevin has established a name for himself as an outspoken advocate for equality, civil rights, the environment and the protection and growth of Washington jobs. In 2014, Kevin was elected to serve as the number two Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee where he is one of four state budget negotiators. Previously, he served as Chair of the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.

In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council. In 2013, Kevin was elected to serve as the President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a statutory partnership of ten U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories working to increase economic wellbeing and coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies throughout the Pacific Northwest region.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Washington State’s outdoor recreation economy represents $21.6 billion in economic activity directly supporting 199,000 jobs. Yet the state invests very little in the promotion or support of this massive employer. At the same time, childhood obesity is growing at a staggering rate. Getting kids off the couch and into the wilderness is not only good for their physical health, but study after study shows that it is excellent for their mental and emotional health.

Solution

State Senator Kevin Ranker wrote legislation this year that would revitalize a grant program for outdoor education for kids — with emphasis on serving children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and those at risk of not graduating high school. No Child Left Inside would also prioritize funding for programs that serve military families or involve veterans in their operations. Ranker hopes the program will help grow his state’s economy and preserve its environment by investing in ways to make outdoor recreation an engine of economic opportunity.