Connie Ladenburg, a native Tacoman, married high school sweetheart John Ladenburg in 1969. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. Connie attended Pacific Lutheran University and received her Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington, Seattle. Connie has provided a leadership role in the community that is positive, proactive and solution based. Her success is the direct result of her knowledge of the political system and the role of policy and advocacy, taking a leadership role in each. She focuses on a collaborative method of accomplishing community goals, understands group processes and is able to bring people together to determine joint goals and messages.
Connie Ladenburg has a long history of serving her community. Much of her focus has been with her family and community. Beside her roles in PTA, Connie co-founded Southend Neighbors for Family Safety; co-founded Community in Schools of Tacoma and currently sits on its Board; co-founded the Alliance for Youth of Pierce County; co-founded Tacoma 360 and currently sits on its Steering Committee; founded the Youth Leading Change program at Safe Streets Campaign and coordinated a substance abuse prevention program. The success of these efforts is due to Connie’s ability to identify and recruit stakeholders to work on community initiatives.
Connie served two terms on the Tacoma City Council. She provided leadership to the Council in multiple areas. She held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2005, Chair of the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee; Environment and Public Works Committee; Joint Municipal Action Committee; and the Appointments Committee. She represented the City of Tacoma on the Washington State Traffic Commission, the Puget Sound Economic Development District Committee, the Tacoma/Pierce County Board of Health, the Pierce County Law and Justice Council, the Executive Board of the Family Justice Center, the “Road Home” Leadership team (10-year plan to end chronic homelessness), and a member of the National League of Cities, the Greater Seattle Trade Alliance as well as an alternate for the Law Enforcement Support Agency board.
Elected to the House of Representatives representing the 29th Legislative District, Connie continues her service to her community. Finishing out her term, she is serving as Vice Chair of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee; General Government Appropriations and Oversight Committee, K-12 Education Committee, and Transportation Committee. Her sponsorship of bills has been broad including: protecting and assisting homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures; helping people get back to work by investing in workforce training; allowing businesses to do their business by enacting new regulatory reforms; continuing K-12 education reforms; funding K-3 class size reductions by narrowing and repealing tax exemptions for large banks headquartered out of State; creating a work group on preventing bullying, intimidation, and harassment; establishing Juvenile Gang Courts (modeled after our success with Drug Courts), sustaining prevention and intervention programs for juvenile justice, mandating a twelve hour impound hold on motor vehicles used by persons arrested for driving under the influence; working toward a cleaner environment by ensuring an orderly transition away from coal to cleaner resources and technology; limiting phosphorous in lawn fertilizer to reduce toxic algae blooms; protecting Puget Sound waters from potential oil spills by requiring of tankers to have updated response plans and equipment in place; authorizing overseas military voters to return ballots by fax or electronically and requiring Count Auditors to maintain ballot secrecy. Recognizing the need for improved freight mobility, Connie also has convened the Pierce County Delegation to work together to secure funding for improvements along the I-5 corridor and Joint Base Lewis McCord as well as the connection between the end of I-167 and the Port of Tacoma.