Join us as we celebrate the release of State Senator Karen Keiser's new book Getting Elected Is the Easy Part: Working and Winning in the State Legislature. She will be joined at the event by State Sen. Yasmin Trudeau and State Rep. Sharlette Mena.
Across the nation, every two years first-time lawmakers enter state legislatures; institutions steeped in tradition, arcane procedures, and unwritten rules. Although dozens of publications advise candidates on how to run and win campaigns, for those elected, few resources exist. Written for legislative newcomers and others interested in state government, her book blends documented research with her personal experiences and observations about how to succeed and achieve real change.
Broadcast journalist Karen Keiser became the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO's communications director, then won her first election in 1996. Appointed to the Washington State Senate in 2001, she has been re-elected five times. Currently Senate President Pro Tempore and chair of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, and past chair of the Health and Long Term Care Committee, she played a major role in achieving paid family and medical leave and implementing the Affordable Care Act.