By the Tri-City Herald Editorial Board February 26, 2018 Last week, at political warp speed, the Legislature approved its own exemption to the state Public Records Act. Senate Bill 6617 was worked out quietly by leaders of the four legislative caucuses and rushed through within 48 hours of being introduced to lawmakers. The bill was … Continued
Representative Christine Kilduff has spent her career in public service advocating on behalf of the people of our state. She is an attorney, and has more than two decades of experience as a litigator handling hundreds of court cases, including 18 years as a state assistant attorney general. She was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2014 and reelected in 2016.
Christine serves as Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Education, and Early Learning and Human Services Committees. She also serves on the Joint Committee for Veterans’ and Military Affairs and the Joint Legislative and Review Committee.
At the outset of her legal career, Christine represented businesses in labor and employment matters and then families going through difficult times and divorce. Chris’ interest in the challenges families face subsequently led to her overseeing a 150-person agency charged with making sure that kids and parents received the child support they were due.
Christine has also worked to keep our highways safe from drunk drivers by taking away their licenses, and then leading a statewide team dedicated to this same effort. She has increased public safety by taking away weapons, money and vehicles used to commit crimes. As a manager, she led a team of attorneys and handled medically intensive cases involving Washingtonians who have been injured on the job and she has prosecuted workplace safety violations involving workers exposed to risk of injury.
The granddaughter of four Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States with very little education and savings, Chris is a staunch believer in the power of public education and the many opportunities it provides our youngest citizens. This strongly held belief led to her two-time election to the University Place School Board where she served as Board President. Christine worked hard to promote consensus-building on the board, academic rigor and excellence for students, and accountability to the public. During Chris’ tenure, the Board was twice recognized as a Board of Distinction by the statewide school board association, and in 2014 the Board was awarded its most prestigious honor, Washington State Board of the Year.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Christine double majored in Spanish and Italian literature at Boston College where she graduated summa cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Immediately following college, she attended the Boston College Law School.
Chris has lived in beautiful University Place for almost 19 years. She has been actively involved in various community organizations, such as PTA, Citizens for University Place Schools, Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and various volunteer legal clinics. Chris and her spouse and partner of 28 years, Colleen, have two daughters, Amelia and Julia, who attend the University Place schools. In her free time, Christine enjoys yoga, camping and shooting hoops with her daughters.