Before finalizing your ballot, make sure to read up on why Rep. Tarleton deserves your vote with her voter pamphlet statement below (accompanied with some fast facts about Tarleton’s experience and service):

I will work to support maritime jobs, make higher education affordable, improve health care, and protect our environment. I passed a bill creating the Legislative Task Force on Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing. We froze higher education tuition for two years. One of my bills allows skilled, licensed healthcare workers from outside Washington to volunteer here. My bill qualifying liquid biomass as renewable energy helps us fight climate change.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and I ask for your vote. Endorsements: 36th District Democrats, WA State Labor Council, WA Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice WA.

Elected Experience:

Elected to Legislature in 2012. As State Representative, Gael serves on House policy committees for higher education, technology, economic development, and transportation. Elected to the Port of Seattle Commission in 2007, Gael was Audit Committee Chair in 2010 and Commission President in 2012.

Other Professional Experience:

Research Advisor, University of Washington; Director, SAIC Global Technology; Senior Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency.


M.A., Government and National Security; B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Community Service:

Gael is a member of the Women’s Legislative Lobby; Pacific Northwest Economic Region Advisory Board; Legislative Energy Horizons Institute; and UW Women’s Center Anti-Trafficking Task Force. She co-chairs the State Aviation Caucus.