The Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (WSDC) was established in 2013 to support the election and re-election of Democrats to the Washington State Senate who are, or intend to be, active participants in the Senate Democratic Caucus. The WSDC provides staff, financial, and strategic assistance to Democratic candidates for the Washington State Senate in our effort to win control of the chamber.
Adam Bartz, Executive Director
Samantha Kersul, Director of Development and Operations
WSDC Leadership Bios
Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, WSDC Chair
(206) 795-1885 Chair@SenateDemocrats.org
Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson has represented the 34th Legislative District in the State Senate since 2011, and previously in the State House from 2007 to 2010. In the Senate, Sen. Nelson is the Assistant Ranking Member on the Ways & Means Committee and serves on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Sharon has been recognized for her leadership on environmental issues including her work on banning toxics in children’s products and household items, and leading the fight against expanded mining on Maury Island.
Sharon also was Chief of Staff for then King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, where she worked on a broad range of public policy issues, including complex land use legislation.
Prior to her work on the County Council, Sharon served as a Vice President for Seafirst Bank.
Sharon lives on Maury Island with her husband John. Sharon and John have two grown daughters, and recently became first-time grandparents.
Senator Andy Billig, WSDC Co-Chair
(509) 990-9219 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Andy Billig is serving in his first term in the State Senate after serving two terms representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District located in the heart of Spokane. Sen. Billig currently serves on the Early Learning & K-12 Education, Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, Rules, and Transportation Committees.
During his time in the Legislature, Andy has been a vocal advocate for increased funding for K-12 education as well effective early learning programs. He is also a legislative leader on efforts to expand voter access and support small businesses.
In addition to his work as a Legislator, Andy is the co-owner and former President & General Manager of the Spokane Indians Baseball Team. Andy has led the Indians since 1992, and under his leadership the Spokane Indians organization has earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, community involvement and business excellence.
Andy lives in Spokane with his daughter, who attends Spokane Public Schools.
Senator Reuven Carlyle, WSDC Co-Chair
(206) 972-1404 email@example.com
Reuven Carlyle represents Washington State Senate’s 36th Legislative District (South Lake Union, Belltown, Ballard, Greenwood, Magnolia, and Queen Anne). Reuven served in the state House of Representatives from 2009-2016 before being appointed to the state Senate. During Reuven’s seven years in the House he focused on a range of policy areas including budget, tax, higher education, transportation, health care, open data and election issues.
Professionally, Reuven provides strategic business development services to technology companies. He serves on the board of directors for Synapse Product Development, a Seattle and San Francisco firm providing product development solutions to global brand companies. He also serves on the board of advisors for Seabourne Consulting, a Portland-based data solution and visualization company.
Reuven resides in Seattle with his wife Dr. Wendy Carlyle, an anesthesiologist practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard. They have four school-age children: Adi, Liat, Zev and Nava.
Senator David Frockt, WSDC Co-Chair
(206) 305-8083 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Frockt represents the 46th Legislative District, which comprises North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. David was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, and is currently in his second term in the Senate. David has served in caucus leadership as Democratic Floor Leader and as Deputy Democratic Leader, and he now serves as the top Democrat on the Health Care Committee.
David was one of the key architects of the constitutional lawsuit that resulted in the Washington Supreme Court overturning the two-thirds supermajority requirement for the legislature to raise revenues. Most recently, he has been working diligently to see that the Legislature implements the McCleary court decision and serves as a Senate Democratic representative on the Joint Task Force on Education Funding and co-chair of the legislative committee on the education finance litigation. He also takes an active and leadership role in higher education funding.
David and his wife Rebecca live in North Seattle and are the proud parents of 11-year-old twins.
Senator Mark Mullet, WSDC Co-Chair
(425) 681-7758 email@example.com
Senator Mark Mullet was first elected to the State Senate in 2012, becoming the first Democrat to win in the 5th Legislative District in more than a decade. Sen. Mullet is the Vice Chair of the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee and also serves on the Early Learning & K-12 Education and Transportation Committees.
Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank since 2008. He owns two small businesses in Issaquah: Zeek’s Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Mark was elected to the Issaquah City Council in 2009 and he also represents Issaquah as a Board Member of Eastside Fire and Rescue, which provides fire service from Issaquah to North Bend.
Mark lives in Issaquah with his wife Sabath and their four daughters. Mark enjoys spending time outdoors. He climbed Mt. Rainer in 2008, did the Seattle-to-Portland bike race in 2009, and enjoys paragliding off Tiger Mountain in Issaquah.
Senator Jamie Pedersen, WSDC Co-Chair
(206) 832-8174 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Pedersen was appointed to the Washington State Senate in 2013, after serving in the State House since 2007. In the Senate, Jamie serves as the ranking member on the Senate Health Care Committee and also serves on the Law & Justice Committee and the Trade and Economic Development Committee. In addition to serving as a State Senator, Jamie has been Vice President and General Counsel for McKinstry, a Seattle-based construction and engineering firm with substantial experience in green building.
Jamie is actively involved in many community and nonprofit organizations. He is the past President and current Treasurer of Central Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, where he helped to establish a nonprofit to run a community lunch program that feeds hundreds of people each week.
Jamie chaired the board of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal, and served as Lambda’s lead volunteer lawyer on the state’s marriage equality case. He also provides free legal services to a variety of nonprofits, such as Social Venture Partners, Seattle Girls’ Choir, and Flying House Productions. He has sung in the Seattle Men’s Chorus since 1996.
Jamie lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Eric Pedersen, and their sons Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders.
Senator Kevin Ranker, WSDC Co-Chair
(360) 472-1850 email@example.com
As Senator, Kevin Ranker has advanced key legislation focused on climate, energy, the environment, economic development and equal rights. Legislative highlights include the sponsorship and co-sponsorship of legislation addressing comprehensive marine planning, oil spill response and preparedness efforts, protection of women’s reproductive rights and landmark legislation making Washington the seventh state to recognize full marriage equality.
Previous to the Senate, Kevin served as a San Juan County Commissioner and was a Senior Fellow at the Ocean Foundation. In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an Advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council. In July of this year, Senator Ranker was elected President of PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region) a partnership of ten states and Canadian provinces that works to increase economic well-being and coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies to enhance the competitiveness of the region.
Kevin lives on Orcas Island with his wife and daughter while his son proudly serves in the U.S. Navy.
Senator Christine Rolfes, WSDC Co-Chair
(360) 471-4592 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Christine Rolfes was appointed to her seat representing the 23rd Legislative District in 2011 after serving four years in the House. Christine is the Ranking Member on the Natural Resources & Parks Committee, the Assistant Ranking Member on the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, and serves on the Transportation Committee.
In the legislature, Christine has championed the protection of clean water and the clean-up of Puget Sound and Hood Canal. She initiated a program to remove derelict fishing gear from the Sound and championed improvements to the state’s oil spill response program, following the recent oil spill along the Gulf Coast.
Christine is currently working on state policy reform that will help bring investments to our local communities by removing regulatory impediments to redeveloping abandoned properties and strip malls. Christine is a champion of expanding manufacturing jobs through active participation in recruitment of the aerospace industry, expansion of our maritime base, and targeted workforce training programs.
Christine lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband Leonard and their two school-aged daughters.
WSDC Staff Bios
Adam Bartz, Executive Director
(206) 420-3351 Adam@SenateDemocrats.org
Adam is a lifelong Washingtonian, and has worked on local and legislative races in every corner of the State. Prior to joining the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign, Adam served as the Political Director for the House Democratic Campaign Committee and was lead redistricting staff for the House Democratic Caucus.
In addition to his recent work with House Democrats, Adam’s previous experience includes campaign, legislative, and policy positions with then-Congressman now-Governor Jay Inslee, then-Representative now-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, then-Representative now-Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Sound Transit, and Progressive Majority.
Adam and his wife, Joan, live on Beacon Hill with their son, Elliott.
Samantha Kersul, Finance Director
(206) 420-3351 Samantha@SenateDemocrats.org
Samantha came to the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign after serving as the Executive Legislative Assistant to Senator David Frockt, for almost four years. Accumulatively, she brings eight legislative sessions and two campaigns worth of experience to her role with the WSDC, having previously worked in both the State House and Senate.
As Director of Development and Operations, Samantha enjoys working closely with both members and candidates in the organization’s development, cultivation, and fundraising efforts, as well as coordinating and overseeing events.
Samantha is a graduate of Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, where she grew up, and is currently an MPA candidate at Seattle University. She and her husband, Alex, live in Ballard with their dog, Kima. All three are avid Seahawks fans.