Reach Councilmember Higgins
Kent City Council
220 Fourth Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
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Kent City Councilmember Dennis Higgins
Term Began: January 2010
Term Expires: November 2019
Chair: Public Works Committee
Member: Operations Committee; Human Services Commission
Meet Councilmember Dennis Higgins
Born and raised in Spokane, Councilmember Dennis Higgins moved to Kent in 1995 after graduating from the University of Washington. He works in the Geographic Information Systems field for King County. Dennis and his wife Karyn have three daughters.
Dennis has been very passionate about and active in Kent schools. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Acorn Award and was named an Outstanding Advocate by the Kent Area PTSA.
Dennis has served on various committees throughout the region:
- King County Regional Transit Committee through the Sound Cities Association, former member
- Kent Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, former member
- Kent School District Citizens’ Facilities Planning Committee, member
- Citizens’ Boundary Review Committee, member
- Citizens for Kent Schools, former chair and is still active
- Kiwanis Club of Kent, treasurer
Dennis got involved in the political arena after working with others who were also interested in making a difference in their communities. He also felt that it wasn’t fair for him to complain to government if he wasn’t willing to do his part, prompting him to run for City Council. He also wanted to bring more transparency and responsiveness to local government.
“I want people to have confidence that, when they bring a concern to the City, it will be considered and addressed, whether it is large or small,” Dennis said. “People should feel their tax dollars are well spent.”
Dennis also believes that each of us can contribute to a better Kent.
“If you see a problem, be the change you want to see in the world,” Dennis said, paraphrasing Gandhi.
When not working or serving the Kent community, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, running, and camping in Long Beach or Idaho with his extended family.