About Tina

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session February 17th, 2016, the 38th day of the Legislative Session.

Tina L. Orwall, M.S.W.

Washington State Representative, 33rd District

Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore

Tina is proud to represent our community in Olympia and work on issues that improve the lives of people living in South King County.

Believing strongly in transparency between government and constituents, Tina is committed to making sure all residents in her district have a voice down in Olympia. Representing us, she enjoys tackling some of our most complex issues, including workforce development and affordable housing, and finding solutions to strengthen our foreclosure laws, suicide prevention, stopping child trafficking, and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

Tina has represented the 33rd district since 2009 and in that time has worked with all levels of government to help embrace best practices to better serve the community. With a Master’s of Social Work in administration from the University of Washington, 20 years’ experience in public mental health, and expertise in strategic planning have established her as a valued legislator and community leader.

Tina is an active member of the Kent Chamber of Commerce. She served on the boards of Judson Park retirement community in Des Moines and the United Way of King County Impact Council. 

She has been involved in our local schools as a mom, PTSA member, and school levy supporter. Tina’s children graduated from MRHS. Her daughter is obtaining her Masters in Special Education at UW. Her son is an IBEW member and in his third year in his apprenticeship to become a commercial electrician.

Legislative Committee Assignments


Public Safety



Legislative Appointments

Co-chair National NCSL Military and Veteran affairs committee, 2018-current

Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations (SAFE) Best Practices Task Force, 2015-current

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Statewide Coordinating Committee, 2013-current

Statewide Coordinating Committee on Sex Trafficking, 2013

Washington Consumer Foreclosure Remedies Fund Committee, 2012

State Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, 2011-current

Governmental Experience

Tina worked for the City of Seattle, Office of Housing as the Washington State Taking Health Care Home Coordinator, for King County and Pierce County governments, and was formerly active in the following governmental partnerships:

King County Funder’s Group

Washington State Policy Academy on Co-Occurring Disorders

King County Veteran’s Group Consortium Steering Committee member; Co-Chair of the Supportive Housing Alliance for Veterans (SHAVET)

Awards and Recognition

  • Open Doors Multicultural Families Legislator Recognition Award, 2019
  • UW School of Social Work’s Moya M. Duplica Distinguished Alumni Award, October 2017
  • Allies in Action State Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, May 2015
  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, November 2014
  • Innocence Champion Award, Innocence Project Northwest, May 2014
  • Washington State Psychological Association Legislative Service Award, September 2013
  • Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Work Unsung Hero Award, September 2013
  • Forefront’s Tina Orwall Policy Award for Outstanding Leadership in Suicide Prevention, September 2013
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Program Hero’s Award, April 2013
  • Parent Trust for Washington Children Laura Smith Brown Children’s Champion Award, November 2012
  • Early Learning Action Alliance Gold Crayon Award, September 2012
  • Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness King County Legislative Champions Award, July 2012
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington Legislator of the Year Award, June 2012
  • Washington Mediation Association State of the Art Award, May 2012
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium Excellence in Affordable Housing Award for Advocacy, October 2011
  • Statewide Poverty Action Network Legislative Champion Award, September 2011
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Housing Hero Award, June 2011
  • South King Council of Human Services Kathy Keolker Leadership Award, June 2010
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Legislator of the Year, March 2010
  • VA Partnership Award, March 2008
  • Democrat of the Year Award, 2006
  • Washington State Coalition for the Homeless Advocate Award, May 2004
  • CODIAC Recognition Award, 2003
  • DASA and MHD CODIAC Leadership Award, 2001