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Karen Keiser and Jean Kohl Welles at University Book Store in Seattle

October 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join Washington State Senator Karen Keiser and King County Councilwoman Jeanne Kohl Welles for an enlightening conversation about the current state of our governance—especially considering the point of view of those who have not always been included or welcomed into traditional state legislative institutions. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

The only guidebook of its kind, Karen Keiser’s Getting Elected is the Easy Part helps first-time lawmakers, members of both parties, lobbyists, and other elected officials navigate state legislatures—institutions steeped in tradition, arcane procedures, and unwritten rules. Written for legislative newcomers and others interested in state government, seasoned Washington State Senator Karen Keiser blends documented research with her personal experiences and observations from more than twenty years in the Washington State Legislature. She covers legislative positions, processes, and procedures, diversity-related considerations, allies and constituents, the role of lobbyists, and more. She pays particular attention to the culture adjustment and challenges many newly elected lawmakers face, and offers tips and advice to help them meet their legislative goals and achieve real change.

“For the aspiring novice or the seasoned lobbyist, this book is a necessity. For women and people of color it is a must read.”—Dr. Bernal Carlos Baca, Executive Director, Mi Centro

“One of the best guides to understanding the legislative experience as a new legislator…Brava Senator Keiser.”—T’wina Nobles, M.A.T., Washington State Senator and co-founder,

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October 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


University Book Store
4326 University Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105