Patricia “Patty” Kuderer was appointed to the Washington State Senate in January 2017 after winning her first race for the House of Representatives last year. She was first appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in 2015. Kuderer is the first female state senator from the 48th Legislative District which covers portions of the Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland communities near Seattle. She serves on three committees, State Government, Financial Institutions & Insurance, and is Assistant Ranking on Health Care. Kuderer was also appointed to several boards and commissions, including a task force to create a state-owned bank.