Rep. Gael Tarleton, an experienced legislator with a national security background, filed House Joint Memorial 4008 on February 7 urging the Washington Congressional Delegation to support No First Use legislation. Rep. Tarleton is working with the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition which includes leaders in peace organizations, the labor movement, environmental groups, communities of color, faith groups, and health professionals to advance this legislation.
A Senate Joint Memorial, SJM 8006, was also introduced in the Senate by Senators Hasegawa, Keiser, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Pedersen, and Saldaña.
Representative Gael Tarleton
Representative Gael Tarleton has a long history of involvement in national security. She began her career as a senior defense intelligence analyst for the Pentagon, becoming one of the few women to advise the Joint Chiefs of Staff on threats to our nation. In 1989, she was the youngest person ever to receive in public the Director of Intelligence’s “National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.” Her work helped rebuild the country after the Cold War collapse, employing new technologies in an effort to clean up nuclear waste and prevent environmental disasters. Back in Washington, Tarleton co-founded the Northwest chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS) and was elected as Port of Seattle Commissioner from 2007 to 2012.