Maria Beltran will hit the ground running as our next State Senator! Born and raised right here in Yakima, Maria has worked in federal, state, and local government and will be our voice in Olympia.

Maria is the oldest of three. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants (thanks to President Ronald Reagan, legal residents) and agricultural workers. Both of her parents are union members through their seasonal work at Del Monte Foods.

While Maria’s first “official” job was at our local frozen yogurt shop, growing up her parents didn’t have access to affordable and reliable childcare, so during the weekends and summers they took Maria picking with them. She remembers running around in the orchards, carrying water jugs and helping pick the low hanging fruit (apples, cherries, pears), or trying to sleep on the wooden bins because they couldn’t leave her alone in the car. Maria’s parents woke up early and would start picking as soon as the sun rose to maximize their time before it got too hot to continue. Her parents taught her the values of hard work, perseverance and determination, values that have grounded and inspired Maria’s work.

Maria’s parents emphasized the importance of obtaining an education. She attended Yakima schools and graduated from A.C. Davis High School, the first in her family to graduate from high school. She earned an associates degree from Yakima Valley College and her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. Yakima has always been home, and after graduating college, she came back to her community.

Maria began her career as a community organizer in her hometown, and over the last decade, she has helped candidates up and down the ballot across the entire state get elected and help constituents. Maria’s experience spans all levels of government with a blend of policy and campaign experience, including for U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier and State Rep. Debra Entenman.

In 2020, Maria became the youngest Board President of OneAmerica, a statewide non-profit organization that advocates for immigrants and refugees. She recently completed AgForestry, a leadership program for individuals in the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources industries. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Maria believes everyone deserves to feel safe, seen and loved. Maria still lives in Yakima, where she loves to enjoy nature, spend time with her family, and watch her little sister follow her footsteps and compete in cross country and track meets at her alma mater.