In addition to being State Senator for the 23rd Legislative District, Christine is a wife and mother of two school-aged daughters. She and her husband Leonard, an attorney, moved to Kitsap County in 1992 and purchased an historic farmhouse on Bainbridge Island.
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 20 years Christine has consistently worked to bring together diverse points of view to create viable, common-sense solutions. 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 and served two terms as the Council Chair. 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 parent volunteer at her daughters’ schools and helps out with Girl Scouts and youth soccer. She serves on the Board of Kitsap Community Resources and the Advisory Board of Washington Community Assisted Self-Help Program (CASH), a non-profit dedicated to creating and supporting new entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is a member of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, the Kitsap League of Women Voters, and the Navy League, and is an Associate member of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club. 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 Kingston.