WHC Advisory Board Member
Senator Pam Roach
Republican-31st Legislative District, Auburn
Pam Roach has been the 31st Legislative District’s state senator since being first elected to this position in 1990. She is known
in the Legislature for being a fiscal conservative and a tax fighter, as well as being deeply involved in family and crime issues.
For 16 years, Pam worked as a legislative assistant and aide to former state Senator and King County Council member Kent Pullen,
who passed away in 2003.
Pam has a B.A. degree in History from Brigham Young University, and has had a lifetime interest in history.
Pam is the only conservative member on the Women’s History Consortium’s Board of Advisors. In 1977, she attended International
Women’s Year conferences in Ellensburg and in Houston, Texas, giving a firsthand accounting of what occurred at these events.
Over the years, Pam has devoted much of her time to civic activities, serving as a board member of Valley Cities Counseling and
Consultation; as a member of Rotary International of Sumner, the State Farm Bureau, and Boy Scouts of America; and as a founding
member of the Lake Tapps Task Force. Pam’s special legislative committee assignments include the Caring for Washington Individuals
with Autism, Washington State Task Force; Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse; Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation;
Washington Institute for Public Policy; and the Joint Select Committee for Veterans and Military Affairs (executive board).
Pam and her husband, Jim, live on a farm near Auburn. Together, they have five grown children – one daughter and four sons –
and 12 grandchildren. One of her sons, Dan, is a state representative from the 31st Legislative District, making Pam and Dan
the only mother-son combination currently serving in the Legislature.