Kshama Sawant’s election to the Seattle City Council in 2013 made history as the first socialist elected in Seattle in 100 years. As a councilmember, she delivered on her campaign promise to make Seattle the first major city to pass a $15/hour minimum wage.
A consistent voice for working people, Kshama has stood up against big business on the City Council, and won a series of progressive victories [See Proven Results].
In the words of Civil Rights and Community Activist Sheley Secrest,
Kshama brings our community voice to politics. I've seen her on the front lines of virtually every social and economic issue... Kshama knows how to build movements and coalitions. She knows how to win.
As part of her commitment to stay accountable to working people, Kshama takes only the average worker’s wage instead of the $117,000 a year that Seattle City Councilmembers pay themselves. Kshama donates the remainder of her salary to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements.
Before her election to the City Council, Kshama was an economics teacher at Seattle Central Community College. She is a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789, which she represents as their delegate to the Martin Luther King County Labor Council.