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Sommers in 1973

Helen Sommers (March 29, 1932 – March 7, 2017) was an American politician. She served in the Washington House of Representatives from 1972 to 2009. She represented the 36th district, as a member of the Democratic Party.[1] At the time of her retirement she was the state's longest serving legislator.[2]

Sommers was born in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. She studied at the University of Washington.[3] Sommers died on March 7, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida from natural causes, aged 84.[4]


  1. "Helen Sommers – An Oral History – 1973-2009". Washington State Legislature Oral History Program. 16 February 2011. ISBN 978-0-9827541-1-5 . Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  2. "State Rep. Helen Sommers to retire | The Seattle Times". Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  3. Helen Sommers: An Oral History, Washington State Legislature. Accessed November 4, 2015. "Helen Sommers grew up in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, in the '30s."
  4. Barnes, Shelby (March 7, 2017). "Former State Rep. Helen Sommers dies at 84". Tegna, Inc.. Retrieved March 7, 2017.