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Staff Snapshots | Kathleen Buchli

February 15, 2024

Hometown: Olympia, Wash.

Role: Code reviser, Washington State Legislature

Years of legislative service: 25

“I love the beginning of session when all the interns and new staff arrive on campus and bring their energy to town.”

Kathleen Buchli Washington

Why did you choose to work at the Legislature?

I’ve always been interested in public service, and I loved the idea of helping members of the Legislature craft legislation to forward their ideas and have public discussions on policy. It’s very rewarding to work here.

What skill or talent are you most proud of?

I make quilts and I love the process of finding the perfect colors and patterns. I have several in the works and I’ve won first prize and judge’s choice at the local county fair. It is a very satisfying hobby for those of us who are detail oriented.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Your time is important. Whether it is making sure you take a lunch hour so you can get away from work for a moment or hiring someone to clean your home so you can make the most of your time off, do what you can to maximize time for yourself.

Who or what inspires you?

The Capitol campus absolutely inspires me every day. The buildings and monuments are incredible and a humbling reminder of the importance of our work. I also love the beginning of session when all the interns and new staff arrive on campus and bring their energy to town. It is wonderful to be a part of this area.

What’s one thing you love about your state or territory?

The opportunities to go outside and be active. From hiking in the summer at the Olympic National Forest to snowshoeing on Mount Baker in the winter, this is a great place to go outside and find peace in the out-of-doors.

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

The podcast “Let’s Go to Court!” It features two longtime friends whose tagline is, “One semester of law school. One semester of criminal justice. Two experts!” They are absolutely hilarious as they discuss criminal cases from kidnapping to art theft and more. It’s refreshing to listen to people who just enjoy talking to each other and have insane senses of humor.

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