1950 – Born on October 11th in Seattle, King County, Washington.
1972 – Graduated from Washington State University.
1983 – Citizen lobbyist for environmental and educational issues.
1984 – An instructor at Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Washington.
1985 – Member of the board directors of Shoreline School District, serving as president and legislative representative for two terms.
1988 – A member of the Washington state senate.
1992 – Elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate.
– The chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (One Hundred Seventh Congress).
2007 – Democratic Conference secretary.