Tina Podlodowski

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Tina Podlodowski
Chair of the Washington Democratic Party
Assumed office
January 28, 2017
Preceded by Jaxon Ravens
Personal details
Born 1959/1960 (age 57–58)
Political party Democratic
Children 3
Education University of Hartford (BA)

Tina Podlodowski (born 1960) is an American businesswoman and politician. She is the current Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. She is also a former member of the Seattle City Council and unsuccessful candidate for Washington State Secretary of State.


Podlodowski graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Hartford.[1] After graduation she worked with a number of technology start-ups, finally coming to Microsoft in 1984 where she managed groups in product marketing, domestic and international sales, and eventually Microsoft's global training department. After leaving Microsoft in 1993 she was one of the principle investors in the purchase and renovation of Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre. She was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1995.[2] She served on the council for one term, chairing the Public Safety, Health and Technology Committee. She has also worked as the executive director of the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and as a practice manager for Porter Novelli. In 2014 she advised Ed Murray, the Mayor of Seattle, on issues of policing. In January 2016, Podlodowski announced that she would run against Kim Wyman, the incumbent Secretary of State of Washington, in the 2016 election.[3] Wyman defeated Podlodowski with 53% of the vote.[4]

In January 2017, Podlodowski was elected to be the new chairperson of the Washington State Democratic Party, defeating incumbent Jaxon Ravens.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Podlodowski is a lesbian.[2][6] She is married and has three children.[1]

Podlodowski (right) in 2017 with New York Assemblyman and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee Michael Blake and King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles.


  1. ^ a b http://www.spokesman.com/elections/2016/washington-general-election-nov-8/candidates/tina-podlodowski/
  2. ^ a b "Will gays and lesbians in 2016 shatter last 'glass ceiling' in state politics?". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Brunner, Jim (January 13, 2016). "Tina Podlodowski to challenge Secretary of State Kim Wyman". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Washington Secretary of State Results: Kim Wyman Wins". The New York Times. November 29, 2016. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Washington Democrats opt for new leader". The News Tribune. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Paynter, Susan (December 12, 2006). "Two-mom families are moving beyond the hurtful barbs". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jaxon Ravens
Chair of the Washington Democratic Party