Rosa Franklin: A life in Health Care, Public Service and Social Justice
Rosa Franklin was the first Black woman elected to the Washington State Senate. She served one term in the House of Representatives from 1991-1993. She was appointed to the Senate in 1993 and was subsequently re-elected by the people of the 29th District. She served in the Senate until 2011. During this time, she also served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. A long-time resident of Tacoma, Ms. Franklin made her living as a registered nurse before being elected to the Legislature. This oral history explores the life and career of a local trailblazer. By Tamiko Nimura.