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Rosa Franklin
Best known forFirst African American female State Senator

  Born1927, County Unknown, South Carolina, USA
  EducationSouth Carolina State (1945). Good Samaritan Waverly Hospital School of Nursing (1948). University of Puget Sound, B.A., Biology/English (1968). Pacific Lutheran University, M.A., Social Sciences/ Human Relations (1974).


  • Registered Nurse.
  • Delegate. Democratic National Convention . Democrat. 1976 and 1988. .
  • State Representative. Democrat. 29th District (Pierce County), Washington. 1991 - 1993. 2 year(s). 1991 vice chair of Housing. .
  • State Senator. Democrat. 29th District (Pierce County), Washington. 1993 - 2011. 1995 vice chair of Human Services and Corrections. 199 vice chair of Labor and Workforce Development. 2001 vice chair of Health and Long-Term Care. 2007 and 2001 President Pro Tempore. 1999, Majority Whip. 1997 Democratic Whip. 1995, Vice President Pro Tempore. Democratic Assistant Floor Leader, 2003.
  • Legislator of the Year, Washington State Labor Council (2004).
  • Inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame (2002).
  • Lifetime Achievement, Washington State Democratic Party (200).
  • Outstanding Non- Veteran (1995).
  • Honorary Citizen, City of Tacoma.
  • Democratic Woman of the Year, Washington State Federation of Democratic Women.
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, African American Port of Tacoma.
Affiliations:Bates Techincal College, Advisory Board
Cancer Screening PRogram for Targeted Populations, Advisory Committee
Pierce County AIDS Walk,
South End Neighborhood for Family Safety,
Notes:Appointed January 1993 to serve the unexpired term for Senator A.L. "Slim" Rasmussen, elected to his position in November 1993.


"Franklin ready to run again, opposed or not," The News Tribune, June 4, 1998. "Years of politics payed off for the legislator," by Jon Savelle, The News Tribune, May 29, 1991.