Remembering Margarita Prentice; a CU Champion and 25-Year Washington State Senator

Margarita Lopez Prentice, who served in the Washington legislature for a quarter of a century, passed away at her home in Bryn Mawr-Skyway, Washington in April at the age of 88. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 10th, at 3pm at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila, WA.

 Prentice was first elected to the Renton School Board in 1986 and then appointed to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives in 1988. There, she served two terms before being elected to the Senate. She served as Senate pro Tempore before her retirement in 2013.

 Sen. Prentice was remarkable in her service. She was the first Latina elected to the Washington Legislature and championed women’s health, migrant workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and advocated for veterans’ benefits. She also championed the credit union movement throughout her tenure sponsoring priority legislation and chairing the Financial Institutions Committee.

 For her efforts supporting credit unions and their members, Sen. Prentice received the Northwest Credit Union Association’s “Legislator of the Year” honor.

 Read Sen. Prentice’s obituary here.

 

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