Dear Friends and Neighbors,
- Set up an account online at leg.wa.gov, click “Bill Information,” then “Bill Tracking” to create a custom list of legislation to track throughout session. Detailed instructions here.
Comment on a bill online
- Comment on a bill online by entering the bill number and then clicking “Comment on this bill.”
Visit my website
- Visit my website and read the latest legislative news for the 18th District and see the bills I've introduced by clicking “Sponsored Bills.”
On Monday, Jan. 12, I'll be back in Olympia for the start of the 2015 legislative session. This session will last 105 days and is scheduled to adjourn April 26. Though our state faces many challenges and the Legislature faces some tough decisions, I'm optimistic that we can adjourn on time and make some positive changes for our communities.
In December, I was selected to serve as the ranking Republican member on the House Business and Financial Services Committee. I consider this a huge honor and am deeply humbled by the decision. The committee covers a variety of topics, ranging from insurance-related issues, the safety and stability of state banks and credit unions, and consumer protection. Participating in and watching my family grow a local small business for three generations, I believe that I have a unique perspective to bring to this committee.
I'll also serve on the House Commerce and Gaming Committee, which covers issues relating to alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, and the regulation of gaming. I previously served on the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, which dealt with many of these same issues and will be replaced by Commerce and Gaming at the beginning of the 2015 session.
During session, my schedule can get pretty hectic. I'm in committee hearings, caucus meetings, meeting with individuals and groups, or on the House floor. But it's important to emphasize the best ideas come from constituents – not Olympia. A recent Elway Poll placed “education” as the number one priority of Washington state's residents. While I'm a state representative, it's my job to represent the people of the 18th District. I encourage you to call, write or e-mail me what you think the Legislature's top priority should be this coming session.
You'll be receiving more updates from me on what's happening in Olympia and how it affects you throughout session. I'll also be updating you on the progress of my sponsored legislation. I hope you will consider me a source and reach out to me with any questions or suggestions you may have, or if you need help navigating state government. Please use my direct contact information below should you ever need to get ahold of me. If you're planning on making a trip up to Olympia during session, please contact my office and my legislative assistant, Peter, will be happy to find a time that works for us to meet.
Thank you for your support, and it's an honor to serve you.