As Dunshee moves to Snohomish County Council, he leaves a legislative legacy of strong environmental leadership.
Seattle, August 29th – Hans Dunshee, former representative for the 44th District and current Snohomish County Councilmember is Washington Conservation Voters’ 2016 Legislator of the Year, the organization’s highest honor.
WCV, the state’s political voice for the environment, selected Dunshee for his steadfast commitment to protect the health and environment of Washington and create good jobs in local communities statewide. He also was WCV’s 2004 Legislator of Year.
“Washingtonians across the state owe Hans Dunshee a great debt of gratitude,” said WCV CEO Joan Crooks. “His willingness to say yes, his determination to find common ground, and his commitment to a clean, healthy state sets a strong example for all our elected officials, no matter what office they serve.”
In the legislature, Dunshee successfully led efforts to:
- Ensure new public buildings are designed to perform “over-time,” saving taxpayers’ money and significantly decreasing energy use;
- Develop broad support for funding projects/programs that reduce water pollution, restore habitat, and recover Puget Sound;
- Invest in clean energy, weatherization, and energy efficiency; and
- Require the state’s largest polluters to report their climate emissions.
Earlier this year, Dunshee was appointed to fill the 5th District seat on the Snohomish County Council and resigned his position as the 44th Legislative District’s representative. Determined to continue to serve Snohomish County, he is running for election this November.
“I’m honored and proud to be WCV’s 2016 Legislator of the Year. WCV is a strong partner,” said Councilmember Hans Dunshee. “Our state has a long history of prioritizing health and environmental protection. With the leadership of Washington Conservation Voters, we can continue that legacy by setting the standard for a clean energy economy.”