Washington Conservation Voters Names Representative Gael Tarleton as 2018 Legislator of the Year

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Washington Conservation Voters, Washington’s political voice for the environment, has selected Gael Tarleton, Representative from Washington’s 36th District (Seattle) as their 2018 Legislator of the Year. Representative Tarleton was selected for WCV’s highest honor due to her steadfast commitment to protect the health and environment of Washington state.  During her time in the House of Representatives, where she has served since 2012, Representative Tarleton has become a key leader on fighting and addressing climate change, supporting the emerging clean energy economy, and protecting rivers and streams from harmful mining practices.

“Representative Tarleton has devoted much of her career in the House to promoting clean energy, tackling climate change, and building consensus to protect the health of our environment,” said President of Washington Conservation Voters, Shannon Murphy.  “She has been one of the Legislature’s strongest leaders committed to promoting clean energy in our state,” she added.

Highlights of Representative Tarleton’s achievements include:

  • Successfully introduced and advanced clean energy legislation that would create a 100% clean energy future for Washington state;
  • Worked with Governor Inslee as part of a select team of legislators to put a price on carbon pollution and ensure polluters pay their fair share – pushing the bill further through the Legislature than ever before;
  • Continued to protect I-937, the Clean Energy Initiative passed by voters in 2006, from legislative attack by special interests, businesses, and utilities who sought to weaken even its most modest provisions; and
  • Pushed to protect salmon and steelhead from harmful mining practices in our rivers and streams.

Beyond these highlights, Representative Tarleton has also supported efforts to give consumers better choices for energy efficient appliances and ensure the state Building Code Council can work to improve energy and water efficiency in our homes and businesses.



“Washingtonians are innovators, entrepreneurs, and explorers. That’s why we can imagine a future beyond fossil fuels. We are living in the urgency of now,” said Representative Tarleton. “As we build clean energy solutions, we strengthen our diverse economy. When we protect our water, forests, farmlands, and wild fish runs, we preserve our way of life for all of our people. The choices we make today to combat climate change will shape the quality of life for all future generations.  I am deeply honored to be named Washington Conservation Voters’ Legislator of the Year and look forward to continuing the fight to a clean energy future.”

“In the House of Representatives, there is no stronger champion for promoting clean energy and a fossil free future than Gael Tarleton,” WCV Lobbyist Clifford Traisman said. “She knows that we can grow economic opportunities and have a healthy environment at the same time – whether that’s cleaning up Puget Sound, protecting salmon habitat, or making Washington a favorable place for clean energy businesses,” he added.

Representative Tarleton is Vice Chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. Her district includes several western Seattle neighborhoods that border Puget Sound and Lake Union.


For Immediate Release: July 19, 2018

Contact: Clifford Traisman,, (206) 369-2235




About Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. Through our work, WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.

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