Senator Steve Litzow is a long-time resident of Mercer Island, where he was twice elected to the City Council before being chosen in 2010 to represent Washington’s 41st Legislative District in the state Senate.
Litzow, an education-policy leader whose 2015 accomplishments included spearheading passage of the Early Start Act, serves as chairman of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Litzow is also a member of the Transportation and Financial Institutions & Insurance Committees.
Following the 2014 Legislative Session Litzow received the “Guardian of Small Business Award” from the National Federation of Independent Business for his work in the Legislature to support small and independent businesses. In 2014 he also received the “Silver Crayon Award” from the Early Learning Action Alliance, the “Pioneer Educator Award” from the Digital Public Schools Alliance of Washington, and in 2015 was recognized as the “Champion for Early Start Act” by the Children’s Alliance; all for his leadership in education policy and for his dedication to the children of Washington State.
In 2016 Litzow was recognized as “Champion for Charter Schools” by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools following his efforts as the sponsor of legislation that saved public charter schools in Washington state.
He was also recognized by the Early Learning Action Alliance with the “Crayon Award” for his efforts in support of early learning including Senate sponsorship of the Early Start Act.
Litzow has more than 30 years of business experience serving as a marketing executive with Proctor & Gamble, and as a sales and marketing consultant in the technology industry.
Litzow is active in the community, a Rotarian and serves on boards for Thrive Washington, Summer Search, and the Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children.