Lillian Ortiz-Self

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Lillian Ortiz-Self
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Washington House of Representatives, District 21b
In office
January 22, 2014-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Lillian Ortiz-Self is a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 21b. She was first appointed to the chamber on January 22, 2014, to replace Marko Liias, who was appointed to the Washington State Senate.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Ortiz-Self served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2015
Early Learning and Human Services
Education, Vice-Chair


Campaign themes


Ortiz-Self's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I will prioritize funding education and reducing class sizes so children can succeed. That means finding new funding and taking a tough look at corporate tax loopholes that cost the state millions a year."

Protecting the Safety Net

  • Excerpt: "We need to make sure the resources our families need are available and efficient. We can’t balance budgets on the backs of our most vulnerable and it is important that we find a way of funding our priorities while ensuring seniors, veterans and struggling families get the support they need in this tough economy."

Jobs & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Investments in our local transportation system is a must. Local businesses, big and small have demanded we take action. We need to reduce gridlock and invest in transit to help ease congestion along our major commuter corridors, while also protecting our environment."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "We need to make sure we are passing common sense laws and that we are investing in our local police and public safety personnel. This means partnering with local law enforcement to ensure they have the funding they need and passing common sense laws to prevent repeat DUI offenders from getting back behind the wheel."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Incumbent Lillian Ortiz-Self (D) and Jeff Scherrer (R) defeated Ed Wegner (I) and Bob Lewis (Green) in the primary. Ortiz-Self defeated Scherrer in the general election.[3][4][5]

Washington House of Representatives, District 21b General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLillian Ortiz-Self Incumbent 58.6% 21,554
     Republican Jeff Scherrer 41.4% 15,239
Total Votes 36,793
Washington House of Representatives, District 21b Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLillian Ortiz-Self Incumbent 55.8% 11,552
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Scherrer 34.3% 7,095
     Independent Ed Wegner 6% 1,233
     Green Bob Lewis 3.9% 806
Total Votes 20,686


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[6]

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In 2014, Ortiz-Self's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick
  • Snohomish County Council Member Brian Sullivan
  • Snohomish County Council Member Stephanie Wright
  • King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove
  • State Senator Marko Liias, 21st LD
  • 21st Legislative District Democrats
  • American Federation of Teachers Washington
  • Carpenters Local Union 70
  • Carpenters Local Union 816
  • Children's Campaign Fund

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marko Liias
Washington House of Representatives District 21b
January 22, 2014–present
Succeeded by