Linda Kochmar served on the Federal Way City Council for fourteen years and was voted by her colleagues as Deputy Mayor twice and as Mayor. She was then elected as State Representative from the 30th District and has served four years in that position.
She served as Chair of the City’s Land Use and Transportation Committee, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Human Services Committee, and as Chair of the Finance, Regional Affairs, and Economic Development Committee for the City of Federal Way. In the State House, Linda currently serves on the Transportation Committee, the Capital Budget Committee, and the Business, Finance and Insurance Committee.
Regionally, Linda was honored to be voted by 28 of her fellow Council Members in King County as Chair of the Suburban Cities Public Issues Committee. Additionally, she’s served on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council, the King County Regional Policy Committee, and many other regional committees. She now serves on the State Committee on Aging and the State Committee on Homelessness.
Linda moved to the Federal Way area in the 1970’s so that her pilot husband could fly with the Reserves as McChord Air Force Base and as a commercial pilot out of SeaTac Airport. Tragically his plane crashed in 1981. Although widowed with 3 children, she remained in Federal Way while working on her Master’s degree in Public Administration. She volunteered in her children’s school and in the community until she became involved in the city’s successful incorporation committee. Linda remarried and raised 6 children. She is now single and devotes her time to improving the community.
Linda has a BA degree and is a nationally certified Risk Manager. She was employed as a Risk Manager and has since retired from that position. She is a long time advocate of families, small business, public safety, and quality of life. She helped build the Federal Way City Hall, which is completely paid for, and the Federal Way Community Center. She’s actively lobbied for money in Washington D.C. to improve the City’s streets, provide COPS Grants for positions in the Police Department, and Community Development Block Grant money for human services. She also helped created the City’s Municipal Court. In her four years at the state level, Linda helped bring back over $10 million in capital improvement for the cities of Federal Way, Algona, and Milton, and another $180 million in transportation improvements for the 30th District.
A fiscal conservative, Linda has worked hard to keep taxes low and to help small business. Voted “Best City Leader” in 2008 and in 2010 by the readers of the Federal Way Mirror, Linda has consistently listened to the concerns of her constituents and acted as a steward of the public trust. Her goals are to bring well-paying jobs to the citizens of the 30th District, to solve the school funding issues, and to resolve transportation congestion.
PUBLIC SERVICE (Past & Present)
- State Representative, 30th District 2013-2016
- State Transportation Committee
- State Technology Committee
- State Local Government Committee (Minority Ranking)
- State Business, Insurance & Financial Affairs Committee
- Statewide Executive Steering Committee on Human Trafficking
- Statewide Executive Committee on Aging
- Federal Way Mayor, January 2010 through December 2010
- Federal Way Deputy Mayor, 2000-2001 & 2004 2005
- City Chair, Land Use Committee
- City Chair, Finance, Human Services and Regional Affairs
- City Finance/Economic/Regional Affairs Committee
- City Parks / Recreation / Human Services / Public Safety
- Regional Municipal Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee
- King County Regional Water Quality Committee
- King County Regional Policy Committee
- South King County Human Services Forum
- Chair SCA Public Issues Committee (Elected)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Past & Present)
- Board of Directors, King County Aquatics Center
- 1989: Secretary, Federal Way First Incorporation Committee
- 1984: Administrative Council, Elected Position St. Vincent de Paul Church
- 1979 and 1982 Parents’ Club Secretary, Elected Position St. Vincent de Paul Church
- 1979: Federal Way Community Council (Planning and Community Development)
- Federal Way Kiwanis / Kiwanis Foundation Board
- Soroptimist Club of Federal Way
- American Association of University Women
- Federal Way Education and Communities in Schools Foundation Advisory Board
- St. Francis Hospital Women’s Advisory Council
Risk Manager / Program Administrator, Lakehaven Utility District, Federal Way, WA
Bachelor’s degree in sociology / psychology from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst (Lake Oswego), Oregon
Course work toward master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University, Seattle
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
- National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Graduate – 1999
- Soroptomists’ Women of Distinction Award – 2003
- Association of Washington Cities Certified Municipal Leader
- National League of Cities Certificate of Achievement in Leadership – Bronze Level
- Legislator of the Year – Water/Sewer Association
- Associate in Risk Management (ARM)