Senator Kevin Ranker

Majority Assistant Whip and Chair, Committee on Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters

Washington State Senate







Senator Kevin Ranker possesses an extensive and diverse background developing and advancing public policy, community development strategies and conservation initiatives both in the United States and internationally. For several years, he has focused his expertise on the advancement of coastal and ocean policy with a particular emphasis on the combination of coastal economic development, energy and conservation.

As a Washington State Senator, Kevin Chairs the Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee and has advanced key legislation focused on climate, energy, coastal and marine management, transportation, agriculture and equal rights. Legislative highlights include the sponsorship and co-sponsorship of comprehensive marine management, oil-spill response and preparedness efforts and landmark legislation making Washington the seventh state to recognize full marriage equality.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Kevin served as a San Juan County Commissioner and was a Senior Fellow at the Ocean Foundation. In 2011, he received a White House appointment to serve as an advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council. He is also the current vice president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a partnership of 10 U.S. states and Canadian provinces that works to increase economic well-being, coordinate energy, economic and environmental strategies, and enhance the competitiveness of the region.

He lives on Orcas Island with his wife and daughter and is an avid runner, sailor, paddler, fisherman and surfer.