About Barbara Bailey

Senator Bailey holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York.  She is a nationally recognized Certified Marketing Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator.  She currently runs her own management consulting and training firm, and is a member of both the National Speakers Association and the Northwest Speakers Association.  A longtime professional in the hotel and hospitality industry, Barbara has held the position of hotel general manager and worked in leadership positions for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association on regional, national, and international levels.

Prior to her first term as a Representative from the 10th Legislative District, Senator Bailey served as a member on the Oak Harbor Comprehensive Planning Task Force and the Island County Joint Committee on Tourism.

Barbara lives in Oak Harbor with her husband, Butch Bailey. Both are proud parents of their four children.  Senator Bailey’s eldest son is a former naval aviator and is now an aeronautical engineer; another son is a former JAG officer in the Army who is now an assistant U.S. Attorney.  Barbara has twin daughters — one is the medical education director for an east coast medical school, and the other is a respiratory therapist and trauma nurse.  Barbara and her husband have nine grandchildren.


Director: National Board of the Navy League of the United States.
Member: Legislative Affairs Committee of the Navy League of the United States.
Former Member: Washington Tourism Commission
Former Member: Lieutenant Governor’s Legislative Committee on Economic Development
and International Relations
Former President: Oak Harbor Area Council, Navy League of the United States.
Former Member: Education Advisory Board, Norfolk State University.
Former Member: Community Advisory Group, Higher Education Consortium with the
Washington Department of Education.
Former Member: Waterfront Improvement Network, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Former Member: State Council on Aging.
Former Member: Washington Economic Development Commission.
Former Member: Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.
Former Member: Boeing Competitiveness Task Force


Outstanding Service to Veterans Award, Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs – 2012
Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business — 2010, 2011, 2012
The Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business – 2003, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Washington State Residential Care Council, Legislator of the Year Award – 2011
Legislator of the Year, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs — 2009
Appreciation Award for Support of Washington State’s Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters
Pension Plan, LEOFF 1 Coalition — 2009
Hospitality Hero Award, Washington State Hotel and Lodging Association — 2007
Legislative Excellence Award, Washington State School Retirees’ Association — 2006
Outstanding Legislator of the Year, National Federation of Independent Business — 2004
Meritorious Public Service Award from Commander, Navy Region Northwest — 2002
Meritorious Public Service Award from Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet — 1996
Who’s Who in American Executives — 1989, 1990
Eastern Virginia’s Business Woman of the Year Award — 1990


  • Majority Whip


  •  Vice-Chair Higher Education
  •  Ways & Means
  •  Health Care & Wellness
  •  Rules
  •  Joint Select Committee Pension Policy
  •  Joint Select Committee Veterans and Military Affairs