Hans Zeiger is the son, grandson, and great grandson of Puyallup teachers. The Zeiger family moved to the South Hill in 1952. Hans grew up hiking in the Cascades, volunteering on political campaigns, and participating in student leadership and cross country at Puyallup High School.
Today, Hans is serving in his first term as State Representative for the 25th District (Puyallup, South Hill, Summit, Midland, Fife, Edgewood, and Milton). He serves on the Transportation, Higher Education, and Capital Budget Committees, and he was appointed to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. He is an alternate member of the Community Economic Revitalization Board.
Outside of the legislature, Hans is a professional writer and he has authored two books about young Americans. From 2007 to 2010, Hans was as a fellow of the American Civil Rights Union, a non-profit organization that promotes the U.S. Constitution. His articles have appeared in publications like the Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and American Legion magazine.
Elected president of his senior class at Hillsdale College, Hans majored in American Studies and he was recognized by Newsweek’s Current magazine in 2005 as one of “15 College Students You Haven’t Heard of … But Will.” Hans then earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and undertook further graduate studies in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University.
Hans’s civic and volunteer activities include membership on the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, past service as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Puyallup’s Boy Scout Troop 174, and participation on the Puyallup Veteran’s Memorial Dedication Committee in 2002. He profiled hometown heroes as the “Generous People” columnist in the Puyallup Herald in 2008 and 2009. Hans is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Puyallup and he has volunteered with local history initiatives for the Ezra Meeker Historical Society and the Puyallup Fair Foundation. He is Vice President of the South Hill Historical Society.