Shirley J. Winsley

Shirley J. Winsley
Shirley J. Winsley (Republican) represented the 28th Legislative District, comprised of the Pierce County communities of West Tacoma, Fircrest, University Place, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Tillicum and McNeil, Ketron, Anderson and Day Islands.

Originally appointed as a Democrat in 1974 to serve the unexpired term of Richard Kelley, Shirley won a seat as a Republican in 1976 and served 15 years in the House. She was sworn into the Senate on November 19, 1992 and served until her resignation on June 30, 2004 when she was appointed to the Tax Appeals Board.

Born in Fosston, Minnesota. Graduate of Tacoma Community College and attended Pacific Lutheran University. She also served as a member and Chair of the Pierce County Council.

Shirley was a member of the League of Women Voters, Lakewood Women in Business and the Board of Governors of the Fort Steilacoom Community College Foundation.

She and her husband had two children.