In 2013, Hill was selected as the chief budget writer and negotiator in the Senate and was the architect and sponsor of the 2013-15 operating budget that invested an additional $1 billion into K-12 education and held tuition rates flat at Washington’s public universities and colleges.
Hill serves as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. He also co-chairs the Quality Education Council and is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Education Accountability along with the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Between 2011-12 Hill served as the ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.
Andy was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended Colgate University where he graduated cum laude with high honors in physics with an additional concentration in computer science/mathematics. While in school he was awarded a number of competitive research grants and co-authored several research papers in national scientific journals. Hill later earned his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.
In 1990, Andy moved to Washington state to work for Microsoft where he designed and managed the development of new software. In addition to working on Windows ‘95, Hill developed learning and content delivery platforms for K-12 schools.
Hill has coached youth soccer and lacrosse for his children’s teams and serves as a board member for the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association. He previously served as the board president and worked to bring citizens, property owners and local government together to build nine new athletic fields for area youth and returned a historic piece of Sammamish Valley agricultural land to organic farming.
Hill also spent considerable time volunteering in his local public schools tutoring students in math and science and mentoring advanced math students. He later went on to be treasurer and president of his local Parent, Teacher, Student Association.
During his time in the Legislature Hill has been honored by the Children’s Alliance with the Champion for Children award; by the Arc of King County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities with the Blizzard Award for Extraordinary Commitment; by Congressman Dave Reichert with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust award for his work to maintain funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program; by Washington’s Digital Public School Alliance with the ‘Pioneer Award’ for his work on behalf of online schools; and the 2012 ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award by the National Federation of Independent Business.
Hill lives in Redmond with his wife Molly and their three children.