October 26, 2012

27th Legislative District

By University of Washington

Fast Facts

  • 887: UW students from the district, Fall Quarter 2012
  • 4,857: UW alumni living in the district
  • 419: UW employees living in the district
  • 314: Husky Promise students in 2012-2013
  • $13,030,232: UW district business contracts
  • 630: U-Pass commuters


State Senator Jeannie Darneille

State Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D)

Rep. Position 1 Laurie Jinkins

Rep. Position 1 Laurie Jinkins (D)

State Rep. Jake Fey

State Rep. Position 2 Jake Fey (D)

The University of Washington Tacoma

UW Tacoma campus at night




The 27th Legislative District is home to UW Tacoma, founded in 1990 on a beautiful urban campus in Tacoma’s historic Warehouse District. At UW Tacoma, world-class faculty engage students in innovative, interdisciplinary programs. All students learn in small classes, getting to know their faculty while participating in research and service projects. Many students come to UW Tacoma from community colleges in the area and from high schools throughout the Puget Sound region. State and local revenues attributable to UW Tacoma totaled $14 million in FY 2008-09, according to a 2010 report. The report also found that $1.48 in tax revenue is returned to the state for every $1 in state funding allocated to the UW.

Young Executives of Color Program

Students of color from Puget Sound-area high schools come to the UW the first Saturday of every month for business exploration workshops.

  • Henry Foss High School
  • Stadium High School

Math Academy

The academy, an intensive, four-week summer program at the UW in Seattle, is for high-achieving high school juniors from across the state who are interested in pursuing engineering and computer science-related disciplines.

  • Foss High School

Puget Sound Writing Project for Teachers

The program, part of the UW English Department, welcomes K-16 teachers who want to deepen their knowledge about the teaching of writing. Teachers in the program have the opportunity to practice their own writing, investigate an educational topic of their choice related to writing, share their teaching strategies and learn efficient strategies from other teachers.

  • Fife School District
  • Tacoma School District

Emerging Leaders in Engineering

This program recruits talented high school students and enhances the university experience of engineering majors, with scholarships and leadership-building and educational opportunities.

  • Bellarmine Prep

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network operates seismograph stations and locates earthquakes in Washington and Oregon and is centered at the UW’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Leadership Training for Tacoma Firefighter Officers

With funding from NIOSH, leadership training was provided for all City of Tacoma Firefighters in an effort to improve the health and safety of Tacoma fire service personnel.

  • City of Tacoma Fire Department

Wellness Fitness Training for Tacoma Fire Department

With funding from FEMA Wellness Fitness, training was offered to all City of Tacoma Firefighters in an effort to improve the health and safety of Tacoma fire service personnel.

  • City of Tacoma Fire Department

Rural and Underserved Opportunities Programs – Training Sites

This program exposes medical students to rural/underserved community medicine, including the opportunity to observe how local health care systems function. It is administered by the UW Department of Family Medicine.

  • Eastside Family Medical Clinic, Tacoma

School of Dentistry – Community-based Clinical Training

Dental students help provide oral health care to the disadvantaged and underserved populations throughout the state under the supervision of staff dentists.

  • Eastside Family Medical Clinic, Tacoma


WWAMI is an enduring partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The program’s purpose is to provide access to publicly supported medical education across the five-state region. WWAMI focuses not only on medical students but on students in K-12, college students, medical school graduates in residency and physicians in community practice.

  • Group Health Tacoma
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
  • Multicare Health Systems
  • Multicare Hospice & Palliative Care Services
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery Associates of Tacoma
  • Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
  • Sidney Whaley M.D.
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Tacoma Family Medicine
  • Tacoma General Hospital
  • Tacoma Women’s Specialists

Puget Sound Technology Industry

This technology company in Tacoma was founded by entrepreneurs with experience at the University of Washington.

  • Nu Element – manufactures and develops fuel cell technology

Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic

As part of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law, the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic partners with the Tulalip, Squaxin Island, Port Gamble S’Klallam and Puyallup tribes to serve as their public defender on these reservations. Generally tribal members do not have a right to counsel in tribal criminal proceedings, and the Tulalip Tribes sought an innovative way to address this need, resulting in the clinic formation in July 2002. The bulk of the student work is at the Tulalip Tribes, where the Clinic has handled more than 800 cases.