Julia Patterson is the chair of the King County Council's Budget Committee.
A graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in English, Patterson launched her political career by assisting in the effort to incorporate the City of Seatac. In 1989 she was elected as a founding member of the SeaTac city council. Subsequently she served three terms as a representative and two terms as a senator in the Washington State Legislature.
Patterson, a Democrat, represents District 5, which consists of portions of South King County, including the cities of Kent, Des Moines, Burien, Washington, Seatac and Renton. One of her primary interests is regional transportation, and thus she is also serving as a Sound Transit board member and as chair of the Transportation Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
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