Meet the Newest Members of the Washington House Republicans

Paul Graves
Paul Graves is a lifelong Washingtonian with a passion for public service. A Maple Valley native, Paul attended Tahoma public schools before graduating from Western Washington University. After earning his law degree and masters in philosophy from Duke University, Paul served as a law clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson and then worked as an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, one of the most respected law firms in the state. Paul now serves as general counsel to a family-owned trucking company in Auburn, and maintains a substantial pro bono practice representing foster kids in trial courts. Learn more here

Morgan Irwin
Morgan Irwin was born and raised in Enumclaw, where he grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics. He is proudly serving his first term in the state House of Representatives. Morgan is currently an officer with the Seattle Police Department, patrolling in some of South Seattle’s toughest neighborhoods. He has also held positions in the finance industry as a loan writer for farmers and large agribusiness firms. Learn more here.

Bill Jenkin
With over 30-years’ experience as a small business owner, Bill brings strong fiscal and conservative leadership to his role as a state lawmaker. He believes in creating jobs and growing the economy with limited but effective government involvement; in prioritizing the state budget to address educational challenges without raising taxes; and in expanding the Washington wine industry to compete nationally and globally, while encouraging local tourism and investment opportunities. Learn more here.

John Koster
An active community leader, John served in the Washington House of Representatives for three terms from 1995 to 2000, representing the 39th Legislative District. During those years, he was a member of several House committees and served as vice chair of the Agriculture and Ecology Committee, and the Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.In 2001, John was elected to the Snohomish County Council where he served in leadership positions for 12 years, including the council chair and vice chair. Learn more here.

Vicki Kraft
Representing the 17th District, which includes Eastern Vancouver and Central Clark County, Vicki Kraft brings experience, sound judgement, and a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of state government to her job as a legislator.Her broad range of experience interfacing with both federal and state agencies motivated her to fight for more efficiencies in government spending and processes. Vicki’s legislative priorities focus on returning accountability and fiscal responsibility to state government; looking closely at what works and getting rid of what does not. Learn more here.

Jacquelin Maycumber (not pictured)
A long-time legislative assistant to now Sen. Shelly Short, Jacquelin was appointed to serve in the state House of Representatives when Short was selected to take Brian Dansel’s vacant seat in the state Senate. Jacquelin was sworn in Feb. 2 and said, “I’m excited to join Representative Joel Kretz and Senator Shelly Short as part of the Seventh District team. Their mentorship and counsel to me over the years will help make this a smooth transition so the values and priorities of our district continue to have strong support in Olympia.” Learn more here.

Joyce McDonald
Before Joyce’s time on the Pierce County Council, Joyce served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. During her tenure in the state House, she focused on community safety, and enforcing tighter sex offender laws and drunk driving penalties. She passed the first bill in the country prohibiting texting while driving and was twice named “Legislator of the Year” by the Washington State Council of Police and Sheriffs. Learn more here.

Mike Steele
Mike has always called the 12th Legislative District home, as he was born and raised in Lake Chelan. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, majoring in political science and business administration. After graduation, Mike served in the White House as a member of the Political Affairs Team. He moved back to Washington state in 2006 and worked in the Legislature as part of the House Republican Caucus staff, before becoming the executive director of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce where he has now served for 10 years. Learn more here.

Mike Volz
Volz is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in business finance and accounting, and received his MBA from Gonzaga University. He’s a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and certified in Lean managerial concepts.  He currently serves as the Chief Deputy Treasurer for Spokane County. His background and previous work history with small businesses, Spokane Transit, the health care industry and the transportation industry have helped shape his drive to seek elected office. Learn more here.

Jim Walsh
Jim’s legislative priorities are creating family-wage jobs, adequately funding schools and protecting taxpayers, property rights and gun rights. He wants to diversify the economies of his coastal communities and bring new opportunities to his constituents. Jim believes an effective local school system is vital to ensure a full economic recovery. Jim graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1986. He formed a small publishing company in 1998 that he continues to operate today. Learn more here.