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Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community

In addition to being the State Senator for the 23rd Legislative District, Christine is a wife and mother of two now college-aged daughters.  She and her husband Leonard, an attorney, moved to Kitsap County in 1992. The family lives in a historic farmhouse on Bainbridge Island, with two goats, six chickens, and an indoor pet rabbit.


Christine earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  With a background in both economics and environmental policy, for the past 25 years Christine has consistently worked to bring together diverse points of view to create viable, common-sense solutions for communities.  In addition to her elected public service, she has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development on trade, investment, and development issues, primarily in Russia, and for Kitsap County as an open-space program coordinator and watershed planner. 


Prior to being elected to the State Legislature in 2006, Christine was twice elected to the Bainbridge Island City Council. She represented the city on various county and regional boards, including the Kitsap County Board of Health and the Puget Sound Economic Development District. She was a member of the Kitsap County Public Facilities District, which was tasked with the development of regional sports fields, the Conference Center in downtown Bremerton, and improvements to the fairgrounds complex in Silverdale, all with the goal of increasing visitors and generating revenue for our area. 


Christine continues to be an active member of the community. She is a member of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, the Kitsap League of Women Voters, the Poulsbo Historical Society, and is an Associate member of the Bainbridge Island and Bremerton Rotary Clubs.  Additionally, she is a supporter of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and the Peninsula Conservancy, particularly in its efforts to preserve thousands of acres of working forest and recreational lands near Port Gamble and Kingston.


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