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November 2016

State Senator Andy Hill succumbs to cancer

Senator Andy HillWashington State Senator Andy Hill, widely respected as an extraordinary public official and principled leader in the Legislature, lost his battle with lung cancer on Oct. 31. The 54-year old non-smoker was diagnosed in 2009 and underwent cutting-edge treatment allowing him to live cancer-free for several years.

A memorial service for the father of three is planned for Friday, Nov. 11 in Redmond. Those wishing to share memories of Sen. Hill or send messages to his family are invited to email RememberAndyHill@gmail.com.

Hill first ran for the legislature in 2010, defeating an incumbent to serve the 45th District, which encompasses parts of Kirkland, Duvall and Sammamish. After a successful first term, he earned numerous endorsements from residents, elected officials and organizations (including Washington REALTORS®) and was re-elected in 2014.

As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the Senate, his accomplishments included leading efforts for unprecedented increases in funding for schools and historic reductions in tuition at community colleges and four-year institutions. His leadership and passion to serve families of people with developmental disabilities resulted in passage of the VIP Act to grant life-changing services to thousands of individuals across the state.

Outside of his achievements in public office, Sen. Hill was admired for myriad ways he volunteered in his community, including serving as a youth soccer coach, president of his local PTSA, and president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association where he was instrumental in the development of the 60 Acres South soccer fields in Redmond.

Friends say the former group manager at Microsoft spoke often of how honored he was to serve in public office and, despite sometimes partisan challenges, he was always uplifted by the work of those who crossed party lines to solve problems. They also noted the only thing he loved more than public service was his wife Molly and children Katie, Allie, and Charlie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested in Andy Hill's name to Cancer Pathways, Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE), or Dr. Jed Gorden's outreach to underserved communities through Swedish Medical Center.