Rep. Stonier sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. She currently elected by her colleagues to serve as the House Majority Floor Leader. Monica leads her caucus on several key issues like public education, healthcare access for children and families, financial literacy education, worker's rights, and behavioral health access. She serves on the House Education Committee, House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, House Appropriations, House Rules Committee and is the first person of color to serve in 17th and the 49th legislative districts in Clark County.
Monica decided to run for office to bring her years of public education expertise to Olympia and now works on a variety of issues crucial to keeping Clark County a great place to raise a family. Politically, she is known for her steadfast advocacy for issues of justice and working across the aisle to best serve the state of Washington.
Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family. Her nearly two decades of experience in public education as a middle school teacher, instructional coach, and professional development provider serves as foundational experience for her belief that equitable access to high quality education is the key equalizer for the challenges we face today. She knows access to healthcare and housing are foundational in reversing racial inequity.
She graduated from Kentridge High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her teaching certificate from Western Washington University, and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver. She is proud of her Hispanic-American and Japanese-American roots, especially of her Japanese-American uncles who fought in the 442nd Go For Broke Infantry in WWII.
Her noteworthy and defining successes include passage of key pro-labor bills in Washington, garnering bipartisan support for Breakfast After the Bell, de-linking passage of the state test for high school graduation, and expanding health care access for students in school based healthcare centers. This past session, she brought Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Washington statewide, provided support to the struggling restaurant businesses, significantly expanded financial education to students, and worked with State Treasurer Pellicciotti to reverse generational poverty in Washington State.
Monica and her husband Brandon have been married since 2001 and have two children, a high school senior and college sophomore.one who attends a public high school in Vancouver and her oldest attends college in Washington. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, cheering for her kids on the soccer field, Washington's prized craft breweries and wineries, and spending time with her family and friends.