Get to Know Your Elected Official - Kathy Lambert, King County Council
Updated: Jan 26
As your King County Councilmember for District 3, I have the distinct honor of serving as your representative for regional government, as well as local government for the unincorporated area. Our district, which includes Issaquah and much of the surrounding area, is the largest of the nine county council district and encompasses nearly half the landmass of King County. Prior to joining the King County Council, I was a State Representative for the 45th District. Before getting involved in politics, I taught school for sixteen years, had the opportunity to write and publish poetry as well as a children’s book, and owned a retail store. Thanks to these many different experiences, I have quite a broad background.
As you know, the King County Council is the legislative branch for a county with more than 2.2 million residents, and our job includes setting policies, enacting laws, and adopting budgets that work to ensure residents have access to quality regional services including the King County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit, animal control, the King County International Airport, county maintained roads, regional parks, and much more. Additionally, we serve as the local government for the approximately 248,000 people who live in unincorporated King County. Two years ago, we created the Department of Local Services to better respond to their direct local needs.
I have the pleasure of chairing the Community, Health and Housing Services committee, which focuses on providing critical services to those in need, as well as chairing the Regional Water Quality Committee. In addition, I serve on various other county committees, such as being the vice chair of the Law and Justice Committee and a member of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. Moreover, I am appointed by the Governor to be a member of four State Committees and also serve on one National Committee.
I am very passionate about working to make our government more purposeful, accessible, and sensible, which includes working with the juvenile justice system in programs to keep kids out of the legal system and help them get their lives back on track, as well as protecting the survivors of domestic violence and providing a responsible budget for all citizens.
Issaquah and the surrounding region is beautiful place with a strong, resilient community. This strength and resiliency is due to the great collaboration between the City of Issaquah, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and our local businesses. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have seen our business leaders, as well as the community, come together to support one another in many incredible ways. Surviving this pandemic has been exceptionally difficult for many, and I want to sincerely thank you for your perseverance and dedication during these trying times. Over the coming weeks, I will be highlighting the work King County has done to provide social services, respond to COVID-19, protect the environment, and create opportunities for recreation in the Issaquah area. In the meantime, you can stay up to date with what is happening around District 3 by “Liking” my Facebook page and signing up for my bi-monthly email updates by sending a brief email with your name, address, and phone number to Kathy.Lambert@kingcounty.gov.