About Rep. Vicki Kraft
Representing the 17th District, which includes East Vancouver and Central Clark County, Vicki Kraft brings experience, sound judgment, and a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of state government to her job as a legislator.
Her broad range of experience interfacing with both federal and state agencies motivated her to fight for more efficiencies in government spending and processes. Vicki's legislative priorities focus on returning accountability and fiscal responsibility to state government; looking closely at what works and getting rid of what does not.
Vicki owned her own small business working as a consultant helping non-profit organizations secure funding. While living in Washington D.C., she worked for We Care America a non-profit working with federal agencies, including George W. Bush's Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Office to partner with non-profits at both the national and grassroots levels.
As a part of her on-going efforts for responsible governance, Vicki worked as the Southwest Washington Advancement Director for the Freedom Foundation advocating for free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited accountable government.
She is committed to helping businesses turn ideas into innovation, bringing industry and jobs to our state. With over 20 years in the private sector working for several major companies such as, Dell, Pillsbury, and Frigidaire, she sharpened her problem solving skills meeting with business leaders, and various state agencies. This work, as well as her experience owning a small business, led to her strong interest in reducing regulatory burdens for job creators.
Vicki believes our children deserve a quality education. Her career includes several years working directly with K-12 school districts across Washington, hearing first-hand the needs of students and teachers. Basic education needs should be funded first, not last, in the state's budget process. She is an advocate for offering more opportunities for learning and keeping our four-year and technical colleges at the forefront of technology and innovation.
An active community leader, Vicki is a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Steering Committee for the Vancouver Library's Forum @ the Library and is the Vice Chairman for her neighborhood HOA. She is also involved with the Veterans Community Garden, Boys and Girls Club, Shared Hope International and Vancouver Church of God.
Vicki grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State with a B.A. in advertising. Vicki and her husband, Paul, live in Vancouver.