State Representative Roger Goodman to Seek Re-Election

House Public Safety Committee Chair pledges to continue work keeping Washingtonians safe, while playing important role in Covid-19 recovery

KIRKLAND—State Representative Roger Goodman has filed for re-election. The Democrat, who chairs the House Public Safety Committee, has been a leader throughout his career on protecting the lives and property of Washingtonians while promoting smart, equitable reforms in our state’s justice system. “I stand by my record of public service — as a public safety leader and advocate for families, small businesses and our quality of life,” said Goodman. “As we face the challenges of COVID recovery, we’ll need proven, consistent leadership to help address complex issues that directly impact our health and safety. I look forward to these challenges, and building on my record of results.” Specific to criminal justice and public safety, the COVID pandemic has led to the release of many non-violent offenders, for their own safety and the safety of prison personnel and other inmates. Goodman sees the need to adopt policy around these emergency procedures, to both address historic inequities in our criminal justice system, and also make sure that there is accountability and thoughtful application of either reduced or deferred sentencing moving forward.
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Roger On The Issues

While serving you in the Legislature I’ve continued to pass important measures to reduce deaths and injuries from domestic violence, sexual assault and drunk driving, saving literally thousands of lives in the past several years. As Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, I’m one of the few legislators with expertise in criminal law and the justice system, and I’ve worked hard to keep people safe in our homes, schools and public spaces. I’ve been able to work effectively for common-sense solutions that matter to Eastside families, particularly in support of our great public schools and expanding opportunities for higher education, as well as strengthening our response to the growing problem of mental illness. I’ve lived up to my promise to rise above partisanship to forge practical solutions with a common-sense approach. I’m not beholden to the party machine or the thundering herd of lobbyists in Olympia. I listen to you and I speak with an independent voice, using my knowledge and experience to get things done. I remain accessible and responsive and I keep my focus on preserving and enhancing our high quality of life here on the Eastside. It’s hard to describe in words the sense of responsibility that comes with serving in the Legislature. I truly appreciate what an honor it is to serve you! Please share your comments and concerns with me and I’ll continue to be in touch. Please stay safe and healthy in these challenging times. When the election rolls around I hope I can count on your vote this year. Thanks very much for your support!

No Baby Kissing This Year!`

No baby kissing this year!

The COVID-19 will make this a very different campaign from usual. No baby kissing — that’s certain! Still, I need to hear from you. Listening to you is a critical part of my job. You keep me updated on what’s going on in our area, and by gathering your input I can become more effective for you at the State Capitol. I want to make sure I’m in tune with your values and your priorities so I can represent you well. One way or another, even if I’m not able to visit you personally at your door, I will be reaching out to get your input and inform my work in representing you. Please sign up to get on our mailing list. We will be in touch.

Expanding Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is our region’s flagship institution of its kind. Its pediatric oncology and pediatric residency programs are rated among the best in the nation. The demand for their children’s health care services continues to grow rapidly.
Roger sponsored and passed HB 3071 (Chapter 114, Laws of 2008), altering the rules for the dissolution of condominiums, allowing for the expansion of Children’ Hospital to a former condominium site. Children’s Hospital has now expanded from 250 to 600 beds, providing the capacity that our area needs for top-quality children’s health care.

Helping the Business Community and Supporting Local Organizations

Roger recently passed HB 1070, which will bring in millions of dollars from new business transactions into the state’s economy. Roger also led the Legislature to enact a major reform of Washington’s wage garnishment laws (HB 1552, Chapter 159, Laws of 2012). After two years of tough negotiations, Roger brought together small and large businesses, collection agencies, consumer groups and the courts to achieve a win-win solution for all parties. (more…)

Pioneering Four-Year Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Our area has a shortage of workers trained in technical disciplines, especially in high-tech and medical fields.

Roger passed legislation (HB 1885, Chapter 166, Laws of 2008, enacted as companion SB 5104) allowing Lake Washington Institute of Technology to offer a four-year degree program in applied science, for which Roger also secured the needed funding. This successful program is already implemented at some community colleges around the state, and this was the first technical college program of its kind in our state. It provided an opening for those working to pursue additional education, as well as helping local businesses by supplying skilled new talent.

Leading the Effort to Reduce Class Sizes in Public Schools

In 2014 Roger sponsored HB 2589, a measure to reduce class sizes throughout the public school system.

Knowing that “class size counts,” Roger followed the compelling research that links students’ academic achievement with class sizes in school, along with the quality of the teacher and the level of parental support for students. After Roger championed this effort in the Legislature, the language of his bill was put on the ballot as an initiative to the people of Washington, Initiative 1351, which received a majority vote statewide and was enacted into law Roger has led the Legislature to enact more than a dozen bills related to education, child health and welfare and juvenile rehabilitation: (more…)

Championing Early Learning

The evidence is clear that early childhood education programs are the very best investment of our tax dollar. Kids who are not ready for kindergarten fall behind right away and need extensive remedial education, and are more likely to drop out of school later, costing all of us to clean up the mess at the other end.  Roger has been a leader in the Legislature in enacting bills to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for all of Washington’s kids, helping to ensure that pre-school programs are available to kids at risk, helping them prepare for success in school and in life. (more…)