With more than 30 years as a security and intelligence expert, Gael knows what’s at stake when it comes to maritime security and protecting our people and communities. As a state legislator, Gael has worked to help keep people safe in their own homes and to advance legal protections to victims of sexual harassment, domestic violence and human trafficking.

  • Sexual harassment must never be tolerated in the workplace, least of all in the Legislature. Gael was the prime sponsor of legislation that would have outlined the participants in a joint House-Senate sexual harassment task force to ensure that it includes the voices of all involved stakeholders.
  • Gael has volunteered to serve on the Task Force that writes the new public disclosure policies for the Washington State Legislature.
  • As a Port Commissioner, Gael complied with the Public Records Act. She has directed the House Chief Clerk to provide materials in response to public disclosure requests for her calendar, emails, and phone records – while protecting the identity of her constituents and any of their private data. Additionally: 
    • Gael passed legislation defining cyber attacks as catastrophic events. This means that in the case of a devastating cyber attack, Washington State can capitalize on federal emergency aid to respond quickly and effectively.
    • Following the repeal of net neutrality, Gael worked with fellow members of the House Technology & Economic Development Committee to protect open Internet in Washington State.
    • Gael voted to ensure the integrity of our democratic process by strengthening election security practices and auditing technology.
    • Gael has introduced legislation requiring state agencies and the legislature to assess the integrity of our election systems and determine whether any election-related data or systems have been compromised by foreign entities attempting to interfere in our elections. This legislation defines “foreign entities” and establishes appropriate parties to have access to the findings of any investigation.
    • Gael co-sponsored ground-breaking legislation requiring law enforcement to process the backlog of more than 6,000 rape kits to give rape victims a chance to see their attackers brought to justice.
    • Joining with her colleagues in the Senate and House, Gael voted to eliminate the statute of limitations so that victims of domestic violence can have their day in court at any time.
    • Gael’s first piece of legislation, the Safe Keys Act (HB 1647), revised the Landlord-Tenant Act of 1947, holding landlords responsible for protecting tenant keys under the “reasonable care” standard. Because of a very brave woman, who was brutally attacked by a maintenance worker who had access to the master keys to her apartment complex, we now have a law that says people have a right to expect to be safe in their apartments.