Born the youngest of three sons to a middle-class Lutheran minister's family in Bellingham, Doug Ericksen learned early in life the importance of faith, family, and the American work ethic. Doug and his wife Tasha are raising their two daughters in Ferndale.
Rev. Len and Bette Ericksen (a former public school teacher) taught their sons Dave, Don and Doug to work hard in school, to work hard in life, and to take advantage of the opportunities our great nation offers. Dave now is senior partner for a major law firm in California, Don is an orthopedic surgeon in Montana, and Doug is serving his home town community as our State Senator.
Educated at Lowell Elementary, Fairhaven Middle, and Sehome High School, Doug excelled in the class room and on the athletic field. Doug earned six varsity letters at Sehome High School and was named to the All-State Football and Baseball games.
Doug accepted an offer from Cornell University to attend school in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, Doug earned a degree in Government from one of the top rated schools of government in our nation.
"Cornell University is truly an exceptional institution and the faculty of the Government Department inspired and challenged."
Following graduation from Cornell, Doug took an opportunity to travel to Taiwan, ROC, to teach English. Taiwan made two major impressions upon Doug: the strength and energy of their free markets and the amount of pollution in their air. The Taiwan experience inspired Doug to continue his education with the goal of promoting the positive aspects of the free market while protecting the citizenry from the negative impacts of a polluted society.
Doug enrolled at Western Washington University in the masters program of Political Science and Environmental Policy. After taking time to work for Sen. Ann Anderson in Olympia, Doug received his MA in 1995.
"Sen. Anderson served as an excellent role model in the world of politics and taught by example the qualities a legislator should possess."
In 1998, Doug went to work for the Department of Fish and Wildlife as Legislative Affairs Coordinator. During that time Doug worked with agency staff, legislators on both sides of the asile, the Governmor's office and committee staff to create the 1998 Salmon Habitat Recovery Act. This legislation put in place a grassroots driven methodology to identify salmon habitat recovery projects at the local level, fund them with state and federal dollars, and then monitor the projects for success or failure.
"The 1998 Salmon Habitat Recover Act is a model for how to run government, grassroots up with the state supporting local efforts, not mandating Olympia or Washington DC based programs."
In 1998 Doug left the Department of Fish and Wildlife to run the State Legislature, his first campaign for elected office.
After winning his election, Doug has gone on to serve with distinction as our State Representative and now as our State Senator standing up for the taxpayers, the people who provide jobs, and for protecting our environment.
For the past eight years Doug has served as our State Senator--five of those years as the Chairman of the Senate Enrgy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. As Chair, Doug reformed our toxic clean up programs to get more projects done faster, fought for good paying manufacturing jobs, passed legislation to save the solar industry, and stood up everyday for our quality of life. We are now seeing those results all throughout Whatcom County and Washington state.
Sen. Ericksen works everyday to protect and expand job opportuniteis in Whatcom County. A a major focus has been keeping the ALCOA INTALCO WORKS plant open. Due to Doug's leaderhip INTALCO is the only aluminum plant operating west of the Mississippi.
"Doug, I sincerely thank you for all you have done. You did more for Intalco than any other legislator. You are one of the reasons the plant is still operating.”
Plant Manager (Retired)
Alcoa, INTALCO Works
Under Doug's leadership the State Senate worked to protect taxpayers, protect our great jobs at Cherry Point and in all of Whatcom County, protected our farmers, passed the strongest crude by rail legislation in America, passed landmark legislation sponsored by Doug to save the solar industry in Washington, and passed legislation sponsored by Doug to protectd Puget Sound Energy customers from rate spikes as coal assests are retired in the coming years.
Doug and his wife Tasha are raising their two children in Ferndale. Tasha is a public school teacher. Elsa will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall and Addi will be a junior at Ferndale High School. The Ericksen family enjoys backpacking, biking, gardending, taking care of the FFA and 4H animals, and travel. Doug and family attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Bellingham.