E-News Legislative Update


Dear Friends and Neighbors,JBLM

12 Years After “911” Today marks the day that forever changed our nation and we remember the nearly 4,000 Americans who lost their lives that day. Even 12 years later, we can probably all still remember where we were when we heard the news.  

 On that day we became a nation at war, and tens of thousands of men and women voluntarily joined the military. To date, over 6,700 U.S. military personnel have died in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Global War on Terror began in 2001. I am grateful to our men and women in uniform and for the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many.

More than 46,000 soldiers are stationed right here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and live in our community. And as you may know, my two sons are both in the U.S. Army, so when I say I support our military, you can believe it is personal to me!

Last month, I toured JBLM by both road and air, and was blown away by the size and efficiency of the military installation.

Every year, about 6,000 JBLM soldiers are transitioning out of the military and looking for a civilian job. Helping ease their transition has been and continues to be a big priority for me. I recently recorded a short video message for an outstanding event designed to help over 1,000 transitioning military personnel, veterans and military spouses find new jobs in the civilian sector. You can watch my short video by clicking HERE.

JBLM Quick Facts – DID YOU KNOW?

 – Largest operational joint base in nation

 – Largest employer in Pierce Co. and #2 in WA

 – 7th largest city in WA

 – $6 billion economic impact to WA

 – 40% of transitioning JBLM service members stay in WA after the military



TRANSPORTATION: Please join me on October 9 for a public transportation meeting hosted by the Senate and the state Department of Transportation. This is part of a statewide listening tour to gather input from Washington residents on transportation reforms, projects and funding. I think it is extremely important that we make fundamental changes to our current transportation system if we are to ask taxpayers for more money. But I want to know what you think. You will have your chance to voice your concerns, ideas and opinions at the upcoming meeting. I hope to see you there.  

October 9 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Evergreen Tacoma Campus, Lyceum Hall

1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405 


HONORING MIKE CARRELL: On Monday, September 16, the city of Lakewood will present an official proclamation to honor the work and legacy of late Senator Mike Carrell and in recognition of his many contributions to Lakewood and the state of Washington. I encourage supporters and friends to attend the city council meeting and ceremony. I can’t think of someone more deserving of such an honor as my friend Mike.

 Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Lakewood City Council Meeting at Lakewood City Hall

6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499



Senator Steve O’Ban

P.S. – This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to different civic groups around the district. I always enjoy meeting and talking with business and community leaders in Pierce County. If you would like for me to come and speak to your group, please call my legislative assistant Michelle Lewis to schedule it. She can be reached at (360) 786-7654.