Luanne Van Werven represents the 42nd Legislative District, which includes much of Whatcom County. She was born and raised locally and is the fifth generation of her family to live, work and play in Whatcom County. Luanne and her husband Larry have four children and seven grandchildren. After attending Bellevue College Luanne helped her husband Larry build their successful family business in Ferndale. For most of her adult life Luanne has worked to encourage others, particularly women, to participate in the political and legislative process. She decided to run for state representative because her experience, service and leadership prepared her to be an effective legislator.
Representative Van Werven serves as the Ranking Minority Chair of the House College and Workforce Committee, the Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee. The rich and diverse higher education opportunities in Whatcom County have given Luanne a passion to work on higher education issues such as college affordability and accountability in the higher education system. The emphasis on workforce development will allow students who may not choose the path of a four-year institution the opportunity for a successful career.