Javier Valdez is the proud son and grandson of farmworkers and laborers.
A product of public education, Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York, as a participant in the National Urban Fellows program. Javier has worked for the City of Seattle for over 25 years, mostly in positions helping women and minority owned businesses get city contracts.
A longtime leader in Washington’s Democratic Party, Javier currently serves as one of Washington State’s representatives to the Democratic National Committee. Javier is also former chair of both the 43rd and 46th District Democratic Party organizations.
A leader in the Latino community, Javier previously served as a board member for the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and president of Hispanic Seafair.
A proud member of organized labor, Javier served for several years as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2), Local 21-C, and previously was a delegate to the Martin Luther King County Labor Council.
Javier was appointed to the state house in 2017 and subsequently won election in 2018 and 2020. In the state house, Javier currently chairs the State Government & Tribal Relations and also serves on Civil Rights & Judiciary and Transportation.
Born and raised in Moses Lake, Javier resides in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood.