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Steve O’Ban grew up delivering newspapers on his bike in University Place and Fircrest and was raised by a single mom, who still teaches kindergarten.
After graduating from UW and law school, Steve made it his life’s work to help people solve their legal problems. He has helped individuals and small business owners protect all that they have sacrificed and worked so hard for.
Steve helped local teachers in the courtroom as well. He defended 8,000 Washington state educators when money was taken without permission from their paychecks and used for politics, and helped them regain their lost wages. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case, and ruled in their favor in a 9-0 decision.
Steve and his wife, Laurie, have been married over 26 years.
Laurie taught at UW Tacoma and TCC. Being married to a teacher and raised by a mother who was a kindergarten teacher, it is no surprise that teachers and schools are so close to Senator O’Ban’s heart.
Steve and Laurie’s sons, Thomas and Landan, both serve proudly at JBLM. Thomas is a prosecutor who serves in the US Army Reserves. Landan is a West Point graduate, and serves as a 1st Lt., Stryker platoon leader at JBLM.
Steve and Laurie are proud of their sons’ decision to serve our country, a decision that thousands of honorable men and women in our district have made as well.
Compassion for our neighbors
Steve serves on the Rescue Mission board in Tacoma. He also volunteers at a legal clinic providing free legal services to the homeless. Steve works as a volunteer and as Chair of the Board of a great organization that serves the poorest of the poor on the Yakama Indian reservation renovating housing, providing food and offering after-school tutoring.
As the Chair of the Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, Steve spends much of his time on passing laws to protect the most vulnerable in our community. He also Chairs the Children’s Legislative Oversight Committee.
In his first term, Steve is fixing broken government. He investigated the early release of 3,000 prisoners that resulted in two deaths.
He won funding to fix I-5 congestion at JBLM…helping to keep the base off the closure list, protecting jobs.
He supported education funding (additional $4.5 billion, a 30-year high) and the biggest college tuition cut ever – without raising taxes! There is still much to be done, but we are finally on the right track after decades of diverting revenues away from schools to other pet projects.
Steve created a training program to fight human trafficking, empowered parents to get their children mental health care denied by bureaucrats, holds government accountable when it fails vulnerable children, and gave orphaned foster kids a legal voice to find loving homes.
Steve makes vets a priority. He authored a tax credit for employers who hire vets, and a program giving college credit for military training. He advocates for better breast cancer screening and authored a law to reduce pregnancy-related deaths. Senator O’Ban works across party lines for results that improve our lives.