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By Pam Roach

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The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people…do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created…”

The above text, from the state’s Open Records Act, is one of my favorites. It really captures how I feel about the role of government in our lives. Government is here to serve us, not the other way around. And, I support all of the 10 amendments in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, not just a few.

Since being first elected to the state Senate in 1990, I have focused my time and energy on several important issues, most notably public safety and elections. I have prime-sponsored numerous pieces of legislation to encourage government accountability, and the protection of ballots and other important election materials. I also have worked to control property taxes, build public parks, keep sex predators out of neighborhoods, and crack down on meth crime.

I also have been active in promoting the teaching of other languages in Washington’s public elementary schools, particularly Chinese and Spanish. Over the years, I have traveled to Honduras and China on charity and trade missions. In June 2007, I led a delegation of 11 Washington state legislators and seven educators to China. In 2003, I founded La Escuela de Esperanza (School of Hope), which provides teachers, education material and humanitarian relief for Honduran children.

In the summer of 2003, I participated in an International Republican Institute program by teaching democracy to the women of the East Timor Parliament.  I also led a tour to the island of Atauro to show the members of that parliament how to hold town meetings.

I always enjoy hearing from my constituents about issues, so please don’t hesitate to call, write or e-mail me using the information on this page.

It continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve in the Washington State Senate.



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Roach leads mission to Panama to investigate effect of canal-widening on Washington ports, jobs
Roach leads mission to Panama to investigate effect of canal-widening on Washington ports, jobs
Today Sen. Pam Roach, R-Sumner, returned to Washington after leading a two-day fact-finding mission to the Panama Canal, aimed at learning more about how the recent widening of the canal will affect Washington trade, jobs and port competitiveness. She returned with an urgent warning for her fellow lawmakers: “We’d better...
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Roach named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for efforts to protect initiative process
Roach named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for efforts to protect initiative process
Voters Want More Choices, an organization dedicated to preserving the right of Washington residents to make laws themselves through voter initiatives, has honored Sen. Pam Roach with its 2016 Legislator of the Year award. “I am really honored to receive this recognition,” said Roach, R-Sumner. “Those of us who support...
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Governor signs Roach’s bill updating state open-meetings law
Governor signs Roach’s bill updating state open-meetings law
Today the governor signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Pam Roach to increase transparency in government by enhancing penalties for knowing violations of Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). “The people have a right to know what their officials are doing and hold them accountable for those decisions,” said Roach, R-Sumner....
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The Pam Roach Report: Special Session
The Pam Roach Report: Special Session
Today is the last day of the 2016 regular legislative session. We’ll be adjourning, but as in recent years, additional time will be necessary to complete the work on the supplemental budget and associated policy bills. The special session will begin tomorrow and will, hopefully, conclude quickly. But agreeing on...
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