Zack is rooted in the community.
Having lived and worked in the 11th legislative district for nearly 25 years, Zack has deep roots in and understanding of our community. He lived and was married on Beacon Hill with the reception in Georgetown. His son goes to public school in Tukwila, and his wife graduated from high school in Renton. Prior to being elected as State Representative for the 11th District, Zack worked for Amazon and at Microsoft.
He was a founding board member and two term board President of the Puget Sound Fisher House for Veterans on Beacon Hill. This Spring 2020 Zack founded and volunteered for South King Food Fighters, connecting families with meal resources; he regularly lends his assistance to individuals, families, and organizations in his community.
As we head into a pandemic-induced recession, experience will matter. Zack served as the Chair of the Government Oversight Appropriations Committee, which oversaw a budget of approximately $3 billion for 68 state agencies including the Departments of Corrections, Ecology, Commerce, and Agriculture. He has been
on the Transportation Committee, the Technology and Economic Development Committee, the Commerce and Labor Committee, the State Technology Services Board, and the State Arts Commission. He is a member of the National Conference of State Legislature's Cyber Security Task Force. Zack is the current Chair of the Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee that advises the House on issues such as facial recognition software, equity and opportunity in the technology sector, and consumer privacy issues.
As Chair of the State Government, Elections and Information Technology Committee, Zack led the House to pass the Access to Democracy package of bills which included the Washington Voting Rights Act, Automatic Voter Registration, The DISCLOSE Act, Same-Day Voter Registration, Pre-Registration for 16 and 17 year olds, a Campaign Finance Public Disclosure statute update, the Washington Native American Voting Rights Act, and a new Election Integrity auditing bill.
Lifelong values guide him.
Zack Hudgins' father was a Navy pilot who went on to captain Boeing 747s then retired from the airlines to fly seaplanes. His mother taught economics for 30 years while ceaselessly assisting students win grants supporting their educational goals. With scholarships, campus work-study programs, and hard work, Zack graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990. He later earned his Masters of Jurisprudence from the University of Washington Gates School of Law. Zack lives in Tukwila with his wife, Gabriela, and their young son.
With grocery store workers, 2020
Food Fighters, 2020
With healthcare workers, 2008