9415 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Steve was born and raised in the 29th District, living in the same house in South Tacoma for over forty years. He and his wife, Beckie Summers, have lived in Tacoma’s Fern Hill neighborhood since 2002. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.
The simple truth is that in the House of Representatives, experience and seniority matter, and Steve Kirby has plenty of both. As the senior House member of the Pierce County delegation – only six people out of the 98 House members who have been there longer – and as Chairman of the powerful Business and Financial Services Committee, Steve Kirby is widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in the legislature. His irrepressible sense of humor is legendary, but in the blink of an eye he can become a serious problem for anyone who gets between him and what’s good for his district. “He’s been around long enough to know this process inside and out,” says House Speaker Frank Chopp. “And that’s what it takes to defend your constituency and get things done.”
Steve’s background and years of experience are good for the people of the 29th district. There is just no time for on-the-job-training when it comes to protecting our interests in State government. He knows all the players without a program, but he’s managed to avoid all the petty partisan politics that stand in the way of good government. The fact is, he’s well-liked by members of both parties.
Steve Kirby has a rich and unsurpassed history of civic involvement. He was elected to the Tacoma City Council 41 years ago at the age of 25 and served four terms. As a councilman he served on the Workforce Development Council Executive Board, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, the Tacoma Joint Municipal Action Committee, the Pierce Transit Board of Directors, and he was the first chairman of the Tacoma City Council’s Public Safety Committee. And because of his dedication to providing essential services to the people of Tacoma he was declared an honorary member of the Tacoma Firefighters Local 31, Tacoma Police Local 6 and Tacoma Library Employees Local 120.
In the House of Representatives, Steve Kirby’s extensive local government experience allowed him to bypass the usual “training period” and he began making his mark right away. Today he has established a reputation as a seasoned legislator with a broad range of experience. Over the years he has served on the House Rules Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Technology Committee, the Capital Budget Committee, the Local Government and Housing Committee, the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee, the Organized Crime Advisory Board, and the Joint Executive Legislative Committee on Water Policy. He currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Commerce and Gaming Committee, and he is chairman of the prestigious Business and Financial Services Committee, where he is known for his expertise in consumer protection legislation.
In addition to his official civic duties, Steve Kirby has been active in his community in other ways throughout his adult life. He has been a member of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, the Tacoma Executives Association, the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Executive Board, the Pierce County Young Democrats, the Southeast Lions Club, the Southeast Tacoma Optimist Club, the South End Neighborhood Center Advisory Board and the City of Tacoma Community Development Advisory Committee.
No other candidate comes close to matching his participation in community service.
Prior to the legislature, Steve Kirby was the Finance Director for the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Tacoma for ten years and during legislative interims, he works at Harborstone Credit Union.
The Washington State House of Representatives convene for floor debate, Feb. 8, 2018.