Andy Billig (D) - Candidate for WA State Senate - Dist. 3
Andy Billig is running for election to the WA State Senate, Dist. 3.
Political Party: Democrat
Education: K-12 Public schools. Graduated from Georgetown University
Family: Daughter, Bella
Date of Birth: May 1, 1968
During his first term as a State Representative, Andy Billig demonstrated leadership, energy, and compassion as he represented Washington's 3rd Legislative District in Spokane.
In one of the most difficult budget years in memory, Andy focused on job creation and education as he helped pass a balanced and bipartisan budget that delivered for Spokane.
In his capacity as vice chair of the House Transportation Committee, Andy also played an integral role in the crafting of the bi-partisan transportation budget that created more than 43,000 jobs across the state. Andy also serves on the House Education Committee as well as the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee.
In addition to his work as a Legislator, Andy is the co-owner and former President & General Manager of the Spokane Indians Baseball Team. Andy has led the Indians since 1992, and under his leadership the Spokane Indians organization has earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, community involvement and business excellence. Andy continues to play an active management and ownership role with the Indians as well as with Brett Sports & Entertainment.
Andy is an active member of the Spokane community, having served as a Big Brother and volunteer youth sports coach. He has also served on the organizing committee for Bike to Work Week, the Mayor's Financial Advisory Committee, the City of Spokane Human Services Advisory Board, the board of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest and as a volunteer in several capacities with Greater Spokane Incorporated.
An active runner and triathlete, Andy completed the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Triathlon in 2004.
Please describe your top 5 priorities if elected to the State Senate to represent district three:
1. Job creation – The best way to increase prosperity and raise the quality of our life in Spokane is to focus on the creation and retention of good, living-wage jobs. I have spent a career creating jobs in the private sector as the co-owner of the Spokane Indians Baseball Team and I will continue to put that experience to work in the Legislature to help Spokane thrive.
2. Education – Strong public schools are important for the quality of life for each child as well as essential for the future economic success of our community. Every student deserves a great teacher and every teacher deserves the resources to be successful.
3. Protecting our community's most vulnerable, particularly kids and seniors. – We must maintain strong services for those in need. I have fought to protect funding for essential programs that protect seniors and children, including the Senior Citizens Act and Apple Health for Kids.
4. Transportation – Now is the right to invest in transportation. We can benefit from the short-term construction jobs that come with new projects as well as realize the long-term economic benefits that come from having a strong transportation infrastructure. In addition to working on new projects, we need to focus on maintaining the existing roads as well as planning for a balanced and safe transportation system that includes programs like Safe Routes To Schools.
5. Quality of life – In my two years in the Legislature, I've stood up for Spokane to protect our quality of life in areas like clean water for the Spokane River and saving the Museum of Arts and Culture. I will keep working to improve Spokane's quality of life so we insure this is a great place to life, work and play now and for generations to come.