Washington Lawmaker Pulls Double Duty in Service to USA


Sen. Steve Hobbs has just completed serving in the 2018 Washington Legislature, and now deploys to Estonia as part of the Army’s Military Reserve Exchange Plan.

Weeks after the Washington Legislature wrapped up its 2018 session, Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) geared up for another round of public service—this time with the National Guard in Estonia. Hobbs deployed May 1.

“It is an honor to serve my country and our communities in Washington state,” Hobbs said. “I am excited to take on this challenge and to build stronger relationships with our NATO allies.”

Hobbs’ deployment is part of the Army’s Military Reserve Exchange Plan. Estonia borders Russia. Given Russia’s military aggression, there may be tension in the tiny Baltic nation. But Hobbs is one tough veteran.

Hobbs enlisted in the Army as a Private at age 17. He served two tours of duty in Kosovo and Iraq and joined the National Guard in 2006—the same year he was elected to the Washington State Senate serving District 44.

“We are keeping Sen. Hobbs and his family in our thoughts and prayers,” said Paula Sardinas, Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) Vice President, Legislative Affairs for Washington. “We thank him for his service to the nation and in the State Senate.”

Hobbs is the top-ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and the Agriculture, Water, & Rural Economic Development Committee.

In the just-concluded session, Hobbs supported successful NWCUA-backed public funds legislation.

Service is part of Hobbs’ DNA. An extensive list of honors and awards can be found on his legislative website. KING 5 Television covered Hobbs’ departure for Estonia last week.

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