We are a group of people working to improve the lives of the people in Washington state. Most of us have full-time jobs along with being state representatives. We are small business owners, retired teachers, lawyers, farmers, ranchers, police officers, firefighters, Army, Navy, Marines, former local officials, coaches, business consultants, churchgoers, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, widows and foster parents.

We understand we must sacrifice time away from our families and jobs in order to serve the people who elected us. In Olympia, we form a different kind of family, pursuing the causes and goals that bring us together: fiscal responsibility, better education, smaller government, safe neighborhoods, greater freedoms and accountability to the people.

What is the Washington House Republican Caucus?

Our caucus is a group of 48 Republican legislators elected to the Washington state House of Representatives. There are four main caucuses in the Washington State Legislature: House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats. In 2013, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus was also formed.

Who are the House Republican leadership?

Leader

Dan Kristiansen

Oversees the Republican leadership team that sets legislative priorities and works toward the adoption of bills supported by the caucus. Lead representative for the caucus in negotiations with other caucuses and the governor.

Deputy Leader

Joel Kretz

Assists the Leader in setting legislative priorities, organizing caucus strategy and working toward the adoption of bills supported by the caucus.

Caucus Chair

Matt Shea

Presides over daily caucus meetings when bills, amendments and voting are discussed.

Vice-Caucus Chair

Joe Schmick

Assists the Caucus Chair in presiding over daily meetings.

Floor Leader

J.T. Wilcox

In charge of organizing and overseeing caucus activity during floor debate.

Assistant Floor Leader

Drew Stokesbary

Assists the Floor Leader in the organization of activities on the floor of the House.

Whip

Dave Hayes

Serves as caucus sergeant at arms, maintaining decorum during caucus meetings and ensuring caucus activities are carried out in an orderly fashion.

Assistant Whip

Dan Griffey

Assists the Whip in maintaining decorum during caucus meetings and ensuring caucus activities are carried out in an orderly fashion.

Assistant Whip

Bill Jenkin

Assists the Whip in maintaining decorum during caucus meetings and ensuring caucus activities are carried out in an orderly fashion.

Assistant Whip

Vicki Kraft

Assists the Whip in maintaining decorum during caucus meetings and ensuring caucus activities are carried out in an orderly fashion.