About Me

PERSONAL:

Jan was born and raised in Colorado, lived in Alaska for nine years, and then moved to Washington in 1983. She has lived in the 26th District for the past 30 years and is married to Lynn Williams. Jan has two adult daughters, a step-daughter and son, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is very active in numerous local community organizations, as well as her church.

EDUCATION:

  • Council of State Governments, Western Legislative Academy – 2009 graduate
  • New York University Wagner, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service – County Leadership Institute – 2005 graduate
  • Washington State University/Washington State Association of Counties – Washington Certified Public Official – 2003 graduate
  • American Institute of Banking – Anchorage, Alaska
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage – Business Administration/Banking
  • Colorado State University – Business Administration
  • Southern Colorado State College- Business Administration

 

STATE GOVERNMENT:

State Senator, 26th District, 2013 – present
State Representative, 26th District, 2009-2013
Chair, Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, 2017 – present
Senate Local Government Committee, 2017 – present
Senate Law and Justice Committee, 2017 – present
Vice Chair, Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, 2015 – 2016
Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee, 2015 – 2016
Senate Committee on Committees, 2015 – present
Senate Facilities and Operations Committee, 2015 – present
Senate Health Care Committee, 2014 – 2016
Co-Chair, Senate Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee, 2014
Vice Chair, Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee, 2014
Senate Transportation Committee, 2014
Joint Legislative Task Force on Transportation, 2011-2014
Joint Legislative Task Force on Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing in Wa. 2014 – present
WA State Building Code Council, 2014 – present
Ranking Member, House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee, 2013
House Transportation Committee, 2011-2013
House Health Care and Wellness Committee, 2013
Ranking Member, House Local Government Committee, 2009-2012
House Education Committee, 2011-2012
House Early Learning & Children’s Services, 2009-2010
House Higher Education, 2009-2010
American Legislative Exchange Council – 2009 to present
*National Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force, appointed 2011-present
*National Civil Justice Task Force, 2009-2010
*Western States Regional Chair – Iron Lady Caucus, 2015-present
Council of State Governments- member 2009 – present
*Executive Committee
*Finance and Economic Development Committee
*State and Federal Relations Committee
*Healthcare Taskforce Member – 2013 to 2016
*CSG Western Legislative Academy Graduate, 2009
National Conference of State Legislators – member, 2009 to present
-Appointed by Speaker of the House to Working Families Leadership Forum, 2012
The Heartland Institute Legislative Forum – Member, 2014 to present

 

COUNTY GOVERNMENT:

Kitsap County Commissioner (2000 – 2008)
Washington Association of Counties, Western District – Past president- seven-year board member
Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC):
-Economic Development District Executive Board;
-Growth Management Board
Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) – Eight-year board member and past chair
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency – eight year board member
Washington Association of Counties Urban County Caucus
Kitsap County Health District – Eight-year board member and past chair
Kitsap Transit – Eight-year board member
Kitsap 911 CenCom – Board member and past chair; executive board member, six years
Olympic Consortium (Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam county region) – Seven-year board member and past chair, work force issues
Hood Canal Coordinating Council (Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason counties) – Eight-year board member
Peninsula Regional Support Network (Kitsap, Jefferson and Mason counties) – Seven-year board member, mental health issues
Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority – Eight-year board member and past chair
More than thirty seven years of business experience, including fourteen years in banking, nine years as a business owner with multiple locations in Kitsap and Pierce counties, and seven years in real estate sales in Kitsap County (Washington state real estate license holder – currently inactive status).  Co-owner: residential rental properties

 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:

Accounting Dept./Retail Sales – J C Penney – Colorado
14 years commercial banking  –  Colorado and Alaska
Co-owner of a Property Casualty Insurance Company – Alaska
Licensed Insurance Agent – Alaska
Chief Financial Officer for a large construction company/ liaison between management and their union – Alaska
Owner of family hair care centers with four locations – 2 in Kitsap and 2 in Pierce County- approximately 54 employees- Washington
Licensed Realtor/Real Estate Sales – Washington
Mortgage Banker- Washington

 

AWARDS:

Outstanding Service to Veterans – Legislator of the Year Award, 2017
Washington State Association of County Clerks – Legislative Luminary Award, 2017
Northwest Credit Union Association Community Impact Award, 2017
Peninsula Work Release – Appreciation Award, 2014
Digital Public Schools Alliance – WA – Appreciation Award, 2014
Kitsap Republican Party – Elected Republican of the Year, 2013
National Federation of Independent Business – Guardian of Small Business, 2009 yearly to present
Association of Washington Business – Cornerstone Award, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington D.C. – Legislator of the Year, 2012
Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts – Outstanding Legislator, 2011
Washington Food Industries – Legislator Award, 2011
Washington Association of Vocational Administrators – Legislator of the Year, 2011
Washington Farm Bureau – Friend of Farm Bureau, 2010
Kitsap Home Builders Association – Public Official of the Year, 2008
Puget Sound Regional Council Award of Outstanding Regional Leadership, 2008
Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners – Freedom Award, 2008
Kitsap County Association of Realtors – Award of Excellence in Public Service, 2005
Soroptimist International of Port Orchard – Woman of Distinction Award, 2003 – 2004
Washington State Association of Counties – Recognition of first all-female board of county commissioners in Washington state history, 2003
Kitsap County Association of Realtors – Citizen of the Year, 2002
Award for Top Company Real Estate Sales Associate – 7 consecutive years 1992-1998
National Association of Bank Women – National Director
Alaska State President – National Association of Bank Women
Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Young Career Woman – Fremont County

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce – Past president, 13-year board member
Bremerton Chamber of Commerce – Member
Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce – Member, Board of Directors, Appointed 2012 to present
Key Peninsula Business Association – Member
Port Orchard Bay Street Merchants Association – Member
Port Orchard Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow)
Republican Women’s Clubs – Member
*South Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Silverdale, National
26th District Republican Club
Washington State, Kitsap and Pierce Republican Caucus
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority – Lifetime Member
*Washington, Alaska, Colorado
Alpha Phi Sorority – Alumni
Sidney Arts Association and Museum – Member
Washington State Farm Bureau – Member
Mason/Kitsap County Farm Bureau – Member
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition – Member
Alliance of Women Owned Businesses – Charter Member
Navy League – Member
Washington Tourism Alliance – Member
Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club – Member
Ducks Unlimited – Member