The Office of State Relations serves as the principal liaison between the University of Washington and state government. Through strong relationships with state elected officials, their offices, and state agencies, we work to advance the University’s mission and legislative priorities. We collaborate closely with the state’s five other public baccalaureate institutions, community and technical colleges, and industry partners to identify shared interests and influence related public policy.
Past Legislative Agendas & Outcomes
State support is essential to the University’s pursuit of our shared goals: to provide an excellent and accessible education for all Washingtonians, improve the health and sustainability of our state, and promote a prosperous economy.
What is Lobbying?
UW employees must coordinate advocacy with the Office of State Relations to ensure clear and consistent communication and compliance with state laws. Learn more about public agency lobbying and disclosure requirements.
Partners and Resources
Discover more about the Washington’s legislative process and explore the many organizations the Office of State Relations partners with both internally and externally.
February 19, 2024
Following the release of the Senate budget proposals, the House unveiled their operating and capital budget proposals today with funding for the UW's priorities. Operating Budget $2.5M (ongoing) to expand the School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which trains dentists to serve the state’s rural and underserved populations. $330,000 in FY25,…
February 18, 2024
The Senate published their operating budget proposal this evening with the following investments for the UW: $2.5M (ongoing) to expand the School of Dentistry's Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which trains dentists to serve the state’s rural and underserved populations. $330,000 in FY25, $455,000 ongoing for The Allen School Scholars Program (formerly Startup),…
Session News: Senate releases capital budget with funding for UW Chemical Sciences and energy renewal projects
February 15, 2024
The Senate unveiled their capital budget proposal today with full funding for the UW’s top capital request: $5 million for the modernization of Chemical Sciences and renovation of Bagley Hall. The proposal also funded five UW energy renewal and decarbonization projects using Climate Commitment Act dollars, including centralized chilled water capacity improvements in Seattle, gas…