Elected to the Washington State Senate in 2012, Andy Billig has demonstrated leadership, energy and compassion representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District, located in the heart of Spokane.
Through his advocacy and legislative work, Andy has become known as a champion for children, working families and small businesses. Specifically, Andy has sponsored legislation to support early learning, K-12 education, foster children, campaign finance reform, aviation biofuels, active transportation, and community economic development projects throughout Spokane.
Andy was selected by his peers to be the Senate Deputy Minority Leader and he serves on the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, the Rules Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
Andy has prime-sponsored and passed legislation related to closing the educational opportunity gap, increasing voter access, improving campaign finance disclosure, protecting the Spokane River, and expanding the Safe Routes to School Program. During the 2015 session, Andy was particularly active as a key sponsor of the historic Early Start Act, which expanded early learning access and quality throughout our state.
Recognized as one of the Legislature’s leaders on educational issues, Andy was selected to serve on the special McCleary Committee, convened in the Fall of 2015 to help the state comply with its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Andy served one term in the Washington State House of Representatives where, in his capacity as vice chair of the House Transportation Committee, he played an integral role in the crafting of the bi-partisan transportation budget that created more than 43,000 jobs across the state.
In his very first year in the Legislature, Andy led the charge on a state-wide environmental priority that helped improve water quality in the Spokane River. He was the prime sponsor of HB 1489, which eliminates unnecessary phosphorous in lawn fertilizer, reducing toxic algae blooms and making waterways across the state safer for people, wildlife, and pets.
In addition to his work as a Senator, Andy is the co-owner and former President & General Manager of the Spokane Indians Baseball Team. Andy has led the Indians since 1992, and under his leadership the Spokane Indians organization has earned a reputation for outstanding customer service, community involvement and business excellence. Andy continues to play an active management and ownership role with the Indians as well as with Brett Sports & Entertainment.
Andy serves on numerous local and state-wide boards and task forces, including the board of directors of Thrive by Five and Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs. Previously, Andy served as a Big Brother and volunteer youth sports coach. He has also served on the organizing committee for Bike to Work Week, the City of Spokane Human Services Advisory Board, the board of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest and as a volunteer in several capacities with Greater Spokane Incorporated.
Andy graduated cum laude with a degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. An active runner and triathlete, Andy completed the Coeur d’Alene Ironman Triathlon in 2004.
A proud father, Andy lives with his family in his favorite city, Spokane!