99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Representative Barbara Washington
Barbara Washington
District 023

Years Served:
Hometown:Kansas City
Representative Barbara Anne Washington, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 23) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in November 2017 and was re-elected to office in 2018.

In addition to her legislative duties, Washington is a practicing attorney who also possesses an MBA.

Washington proudly fights for increased economic development in her district – including preserving the notable “18th & Vine” district, increased funding for education, and better opportunities for health care. Two of her primary passions are juvenile justice reform and mental health awareness. In her community she regularly presents programs aimed to educate on small business development, minority mental health awareness, crime reduction, and environment preservation.

When she’s not fighting for her district, she volunteers with her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also volunteers with her church, St. James United Methodist; the Metropolitan Community Colleges Board of Trustees, Urban Summit, Freedom. Inc.; the Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir; and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.
Washington is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia’s famed School of Journalism. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Avila University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Washington is a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri resident. She has one daughter and a new grandson, Knight, who is the apple of his grandmother’s eye.
Sponsored Bills
HB 1697 - (5314H.01I)
Designates the third week of September as Historically Black College and University Week
HB 1698 - (5311H.01I)
Designates July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
HB 2301 - (5088H.02I)
Requires children under the age of 18 to be prosecuted for most criminal offenses in juvenile courts unless the child is certified as an adult
HB 2433 - (6364H.02C)
Requires long-term care facilities to have on staff one person trained in suicide assessment, treatment, and management
HB 2521 - (6507H.01I)
Adds public libraries to the list of places CCW permit holders are not authorized to carry concealed weapons
HB 2532 - (6509H.01I)
Adds and changes penalties for offenses committed by landlords against tenants
HB 2578 - (6607H.01I)
Modifies provisions regarding property tax relief for senior citizens.
HB 2579 - (6504H.01I)
Changes the laws regarding landlord-tenant actions
HB 2719 - (6758H.01I)
Creates a new tax credit for first time purchasers of homes in a blighted area that will be used for owner occupancy
HB 2736 - (6711H.01I)
Changes the laws regarding tax increment financing
Co-sponsored Bills
Past Legislation