Washington State Senate, District 45
Manka Dhingra is dedicated to improving Washington’s 45th District, the community she calls home. A King County prosecutor since 2000, Dhingra serves as Chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit. In this position, she helps the county’s most vulnerable citizens access mental health and substance abuse prevention services to prevent recidivism in the criminal justice system. As an instructor for law enforcement in crisis intervention training, Dhingra has been a key player in changing racial policing practices. Dhingra’s unwavering support for women’s and immigrant’s rights is clearly demonstrated by her work on the Seattle Police Department’s Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Advisory Council and by her founding of API Chaya, an organization that works to end domestic violence in the South Asian community.
Dhingra’s progressive values will take center stage in the Senate just as they have in her work as a prosecutor. By electing her, she’ll be a strong progressive voice and help flip Republican control of the State Senate - a crucial victory for building power at the state level in 2017. She will fight to reform the criminal justice system, to close tax loopholes for the wealthy so programs for the underserved can be financed, and to raise wages and fully fund public education.
Dhingra earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. She is the mother of two children who both attend public school in the Lake Washington School District.