Shirley Galloway

Shirley Galloway
Shirley Galloway (Democrat) represent[ed] [the 49th] district of Vancouver in the House of Representatives. First elected in 1978, she [served three terms. She was also appointed to a Senate seat in 1996 to serve an unexpired term in the 17th District.]

Born 1934, in Postell, Arkansas to a sharecropper family. Galloway attended Clark College (AA & S), and The Evergreen State College (BA).

After serving as co-president of the P.T.A. and working with the school system for many years, Galloway was appointed to the Vancouver School Board. Up to that point she had not seen herself as someone who would hold an elective position. After seven years of service on the board, she was elected president of the Washington School Directors Association (1977).

In 1978, a vacant House seat and the desire to improve state policy prompted her to offer herself as a candidate for the office. Uninvolved in partisan politics before her campaign, she chose the Democratic Party and led a campaign that stressed state funding of public education.

Because of her keen interest in education and school funding Galloway ... sought positions on House Education and Revenue committees, and ... expressed a committment to refining the Basic Education Act. She ... serve[d] as chairwoman of the Education Committee.

In addition to her legislative duties. Representative Galloway serve[d] on the State Council on Child Abuse, a number of volunteer community boards and committees, and [wa]s a past co-chair of Elected Washington Women. She and her husband, Wayne, have five children.

--Political Pioneers, The Women Lawmakers