WHC Advisory Board Member
Senator Karen Fraser
Democrat — 22nd Legislative District, Olympia
Elective Office: Washington State Senate, 1993-present; House of Representatives, 1989-92; Thurston County Commissioner, 1981-88;
Mayor, City of Lacey, 1976-80; Council Member, City of Lacey, 1973-80; President, Washington State Association of Counties, 1988.
Other Current Legislative Committees and Assignments: Women's History Consortium Board of Advisors - 2005;
Washington State Information Services Board; State Treasurer's Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing - 2005;
Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought - 2005; Select Committee on Pension Policy, 1995-present,
current Vice-Chair and former Chair; Co-Chair, Washington Institute on Public Policy; Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee,
Member 1995-present, former Chair; Co-Chair, Legislative International Caucus, 1994-present; Chair,
Washington-Hyogo Legislative Friendship Association, 1994-present; Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee, 1995-present;
Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Supply, Chair.
Current Special Committees, Councils and Boards: Member, Nuclear Waste Roundtable of NCSL (1999 - present); Member,
Puget Sound Council; Member, Washington State Parks Centennial Advisory Committee, appointed 2004; Council of State Governments,
River Governance Task Force, 1998-present, member; Member of Energy Committee of Western Region Council of State Governments;
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Environment Committee; Olympic Trials Legacy Committee, Board Member; Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians'
Conference on Environment and Development, Executive Committee, Member.
Former Leadership Roles: Water Rights Disputes Task Force, 2003-2005; Washington Combined Fund Drive Board, Member, 2001-2005;
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, Board Member, 1998- 2005; Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA)
Task Force, 2003, member; Deaf Education Task Force, 2003, member; Joint Task Force on Judicial and Administrative
Alternatives for Resolving Water Disputes, member, 2002; Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) 2001-2002;
Water Storage Task Force, member, 2000; Task Force on Energy Facility Siting Statutes, member 2000; Former Co-Chair,
National Environment Committee, Council of State Governments; Council of State Governments, Western Water Policy Committee, 1999;
Legislative Building Preservation and Renovation Commission, 1999; North Puget Sound Oil Spill Risk Management Panel, 1999;
Senate Ecology and Parks Committee, Chair, 1993-96; Chair, Senate Committee on Environment, Energy and Water, 1999-2003;
Chair, Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Water, Western Legislative Conference of the Council
of State Governments, 1994-96; President, Washington State Association of Counties, 1987-88; Nisqually River Council,
Chair; Nisqually River Basin Land Trust, Founding Board Member; Asia Foundation Environmental Fellow (with Parliament
of Thailand), 1994; State Capital Historical Association Trustee; Host Committee of Women's Olympic Marathon Trials
Association, Co-Chair, 1984; Tumwater Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Past Vice President and Treasurer; Joint
Committee on Water Resource Policy, Chair, 1993.
Honors/Recognitions: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Housing Hero Award, 2005; Certificate of Appreciation
from Washington State Coalition for the Homeless for "Leadership" and dedication to increasing the Housing Trust Fund, 2005;
Washington State Skills Center "Super Star" 2005; Woman of Distinction, Olympia YWCA, 2004; Seventh Generation Legacy Award,
from Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, 2004; 2004 Combined Fund Drive Leadership Award 2004 Panorama Democrat Study Group
"Fearless Leader, Justice Seeker, Faithful to the Democratic Vision" Award 2004 Washington Rural Electric Cooperative
Association Service Award;, 2004; Washington Chapter of American Planning Association Co-Legislator of the Year, 2003;
"Puget Sound Hero Award", People for Puget Sound, 2001; Neah Bay Rescue Tug, Leadership Recognition, Governor Gary Locke, 2003;
"Conservation Champion," Washington Conservation Voters, 2002; "VIP Award,” Washington State College Women’s
Programs Council, 2002; “Puget Sound Hero Award,” People for Puget Sound, 2001; Leadership Award," Washington
Association of School Administrators, District 113, 2001; "Leadership Counts" Award -- Washington Public Employees
Association, 2000; "Legislator of the Year" -- Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs, 2000; Washington Combined
Fund Drive, Leadership Award, 1999 and 2004; Legislative Citation of Merit, Washington Recreation & Parks Association,
1998; Program Leadership Award, Nisqually River Management Program, 1998; Distinguished Leadership Recognition,
Association of Washington Housing Authorities, 1998; Certificate of Appreciation, Judicial Staff of the Board of
Industrial Insurance Appeals, Washington Federation of State Employees, 1998; Legislator of the Year, Washington
Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1996; Legislator of the Year, Washington Health Care Association,
1996; Legislator of the Year/Puget Sound Hero, People for Puget Sound, 1995; Woman of Distinction, Pacific Peaks
Girl Scout Council, 1995; Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1993; Outstanding Leadership Award, Washington
State Boating Safety Officers Association, 1993; Silver Beaver Award for services to youth, Boy Scouts of America;
Woman Who Wins Award, a community recognition award sponsored by The Olympian and KGY radio; Finalist,
Thurston County Citizen of the Year (twice); Legislator of the Year, Washington Federation of State Employees, 1993.
Education: University of Washington, Master of Public Administration, 1969; University of Washington,
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1966. Adjunct Faculty, Master of Public Administration Program, The Evergreen State College.
Personal: Senator Fraser is a life-long resident of Washington. She is married to Tim Malone and has one daughter,
Hiromi. She enjoys outdoor recreation. She has climbed four of Washington's major peaks; has won numerous awards in sailboat
racing; and has completed two marathons. Teaches master's level class in public administration at The Evergreen State College
one quarter per year, 1999-present.