Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Jeanne Kohl-Welles
King County Council, District No. 4
Assumed office
January 1, 2016 (2016-01-01)
Preceded by Larry Phillips
Member of the Washington Senate
from the 36th legislative district
In office
October 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)  December 31, 2015 (2015-12-31)
Preceded by Ray Moore
Succeeded by Reuven Carlyle
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the Position 2, 36th legislative district
In office
January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13)  October 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)
Preceded by Larry Phillips
Succeeded by Mary Lou Dickerson
Personal details
Born Jean Elizabeth Pearl Kohl
(1942-10-19) October 19, 1942
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jackson F. Hill (1962–1972)
Kenneth D. Jenkins (1973–1980)
Alexander Sumner "Alex" Welles (m. 1985)
Children Five
Residence Belltown, Seattle, Washington
Alma mater California State University, Northridge (B.A.)
California State University, Northridge (M.A.)
University of California, Los Angeles (M.A.)
University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D.)
Profession University Lecturer
Religion Episcopalian
Website Official

Jeanne Elizabeth Pearl Kohl-Welles (née Jean Elizabeth Pearl Kohl; October 19, 1942) is an American politician of the Democratic Party.

She represented the 36th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate, which includes Ballard, Belltown, Blue Ridge, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Magnolia, and Queen Anne Hill neighborhoods of Seattle as well as the north half of Downtown Seattle. The district also takes the western half of Lake Union. Jeanne Kohl-Welles was appointed to the State Senate in 1994.[1]

From 1992 to 1994 she was in the State House.


Professional employment and activities



An October 2014 Film Community Fundraiser for Kohl-Welles included attendees Chancellor Lisa Brown and Eden film director Megan Griffiths.[2]

Awards and honors

Kohl-Welles was a recipient of the 2009 Fuse "Sizzle" Awards Committee Chair of the Year Award. The award recognized Kohl-Welles work on predatory lending reforms, updates to strengthen and simplify Washington State's Consumer Protection Act, and good government reforms to prevent trade associations from diverting workers compensation funds into political campaigns. [3]


Using data and projections compiled by the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, an independent non-profit think tank, have aggregated bills introduced in the 2008 legislative session in order to determine the total increased taxes and fees proposed by each individual legislator, as primary or co-sponsor, would bring to taxpayers over a ten-year period. Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles topped the list of legislators. Her bills have been predicted to bring total of $214,327,749,698 of increases in taxes and fees to Washington taxpayers.[4]


  1. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-WA 36th District)
  2. Fuse "Committee Chair of the Year" Award
  3. Archived August 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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