Education

  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
  • University of Washington, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Goverance

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Concentrations in Organizational and Social Change, Labor Studies
  • Antioch University Seattle

  • Studied Information Technology
  • Seattle Central Community College

  • Associate of Arts (AA), Labor Studies
  • Shoreline Community College

  • Journey Level Operating Engineer
  • Operating Engineers Regional Training Center

  • Journey Level Teamster
  • Certified Transit Operator

Experience

  • Washington State Senator, 2013-present
  • Washington State Representative, 2005-2013
  • Elected Delegate, Democratic National Convention, Obama-2012, Bernie Sanders-2016
  • Teamsters Local 174, Special Asst. to the Secretary Treasurer, 2004
  • Teamsters Local 174, Secretary Treasurer, 1992-2001
  • Elected Delegate, Teamsters International Convention, 1991, 1996, 2001
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Organizer, 1975-1992
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Vice President, 2012-present
  • University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Advisory Board
  • University of Washington Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Board of Visitors
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, National Executive Board, 1992-2001
  • King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Executive Board, 1992-2001
  • Washington Teamsters Construction Industry Trust, Trustee, 1992-2001
  • Japanese American Citizens League, Board, (?? many years)

Awards

  • Tikkun Olam Award 2015, Jewish Federation of Seattle
  • NVC and NVC Foundation Commander’s and President’s Award 2017
  • UW Center for Human Rights Certificate of Appreciation 2009
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, UW Nikkei Alumni Assn. 2013
  • FCS Golden Bamboo Award/Top Legislator Award 2014
  • UW Dept. of American Ethnic Studies Recognition 2009
  • FCCPNW Outstanding Legislator 2008 (Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest)
  • Friend of SPEEA Award 2014 (Boeing/Aerospace Engineers)
  • Antioch University Horace Mann Award 2016
  • Antioch University Distinguished Alumnus Award 2012
  • Northwest LELO Domingo Viernes Jefferson Award 2001
  • WSLC Legislator of the Year 2011 (Wa. St. Labor Council)
  • Education Champion Recognition, OneAmerica
  • Wa. St. Jobs With Justice Leading the Struggle for Economic Justice Award 2005
  • S. Seattle Community College Award for Outstanding Support
  • Fukuoka University Seattle U. Business Law Program Certificate of Appreciation 2011
  • Fiestas Patrias Parade Grand Marshall 2008 (& Certif. of Appreciation)
  • Childrens Alliance Certif. of Appreciation 2014
  • Senior Advisor, Guangzhou Assn. of Wa. St. 2016
  • Jefferson Park Community Center Mock Trial Team Cert. of Appreciation 2014
  • Washington Public Campaigns Public Leadership Award, 2013

Bob Hasegawa knows the importance of building movements and changing systems from within, and ensuring that leaders are held accountable by those they represent. After years of fighting for workers’ rights in the labor community, Bob was elected at the first ever Asian-American Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174, the largest trucking industry union in the Pacific NW, where he represented the rights of over 7,200 workers and their families locally, and hundreds of thousands more across the nation as a contract negotiator.  As the leader of Local 174, Bob managed the multi-million dollar organization, which included managing almost 1,000 collective bargaining contract negotiations winning top wages, benefits and working conditions in the country.  He did this while successfully managing transformational organizational change from the old top-down structure to a democratic bottom-up structure.

Bob was also a leader in the national Teamsters pro-union democracy reform movement, TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union), which fought to require direct elections of leadership by the general membership in place of an appointment process and indirect elections by delegates at the union’s convention. As a leader of the TDU, Bob implemented organizational and contractual measures to ensure that democratic reforms were implemented throughout the union and was successful in ushering in a new era of transparency and accountability. He was lauded from both sides of the bargaining table for his commitment to integrity and his refusal to tolerate corrupt practices.  As Mayor of Seattle, Bob Hasegawa will bring his lifelong track record of accountability, transparency, and equity to the office to make sure our city government is of, by and for ALL the people, not just the people with lots of money.

As the former State Representative and current State Senator of the 11th Legislative District, Bob has rightfully earned a reputation as the region’s most outspoken champion of progressive values.  He knows all too well that the lack of corporate accountability impacts the working class first.  That’s why Bob was one of only two Senators to vote against the disastrous $8.7 billion tax break the Washington State Legislature gave to Boeing: the largest U.S. tax break in history.

Bob has sponsored many bills that exemplify his progressive values and his refusal to back down when faced with decisions that will negatively affect families and communities. So far during the 2017-18 Legislative session, Bob has sponsored of a number of progressive bills which include, but are not limited to; legislation condemning the unlawful detention of US Citizens and lawful resident aliens [SB 5176] without due process, legislation to develop a proactive tool intended to provide legislators with data to help legislators understand possible disparate racial and ethnic impacts of proposed legislation [SB 5588-Racial Impact Statements], legislation to provide prepaid return postage for primary and general election ballots [SB 5019], legislation to create a single health financing entity called the Washington Access For All Trust to simplify health care financing and eliminate administrative waste while extending health care coverage to all residents [SB 5747], legislation to enact the Washington State Voting Rights Act [SB 5267], and legislation to increase transparency of political campaign contributions [SB 5219].  

In addition to his work during this current legislative cycle, Bob is especially proud of several progressive pieces of legislation he has sponsored.  These include SB 5870 which sought to prohibit conversion therapy for minors, SB 6523 which authorizes in-state tuition for non-citizen individuals, SB 6294 which would establish the collection of data regarding police use of deadly force, and his favorite bill SB 5173-Leaves of Absence for Matters of Faith or Conscience.  

As Mayor of Seattle, Bob will continue his work fighting for all the families and communities of our great city.     

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Start typing and press Enter to search