Bruce Chandler is serving his ninth term representing the 15th District, which is located in east Yakima County. Bruce focuses on policies promoting water storage, economic growth and the safety of Washington’s families
After serving several years as the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Bruce was chosen by his colleagues to be the budget leader for House Republicans. He started his tenure as the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee at the end of 2013.
In 2010, Bruce was named one of four “Legislators of the Decade” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). He received the 2012 “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business; the 2012 “W. Fred Witham Memorial Award” from the Yakima Association of Realtors; the 2011 “Cornerstone Award” from the Association of Washington Business; the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Washington State Potato Commission; the 2008 “Key Award” from the Washington Coalition for Open Government; and the “In the Bag” award from the Washington Food Industry Association from 2006 through 2012.
He serves on the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) as well as the board of directors for the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Association.
Chandler has three grown children and more than 30 years of experience in the fruit industry and currently owns and operates a commercial fruit orchard near Granger.