Member Opinions

One of the best things about being your state representative is the time I get to spend learning. By listening and observing, I can more effectively advocate for you and your...

Feb. 27, 2020

Despite overwhelming evidence against its effectiveness, and bipartisan opposition, House Democrats passed a controversial bill on Jan. 29 that would establish a low-carbon fuel standard in Washington state. In every way,...

Feb. 18, 2020

Someone recently asked if I had a theme for this year’s legislative session.  “As a matter of fact, I do!” I said. “It’s your home.  Expect more.” For many residents around...

Feb. 18, 2020

Voters around the state should be concerned that their voice is not being heard in Olympia.  Two of the first bills passed by the House of Representatives would increase business taxes...

Feb. 18, 2020

In this technology-driven age, the Legislature needs to ensure accessibility and transparency in the legislative process. Access needs to be user friendly and available to everyone. Although a 130-year-old institution, the...

Feb. 10, 2020

In the last several years, Washington has made significant efforts to expand voter access. The state has changed its election laws to allow same-day voter registration, bring ballots to college students,...

Feb. 7, 2020

Despite the fact voters continue rejecting initiatives to raise taxes, the majority party in Olympia is pushing hard again this session to increase the state’s gas tax. That’s not how they’re...

Feb. 6, 2020

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal says providing more money for special education will improve results for families and children, but he doesn’t want families to choose the learning program...

Feb. 4, 2020

Our values and principles are what set the foundation for how we live our lives. This session, my caucus has come up with three key principles that are in line with...

Feb. 3, 2020

“Mr. President, our farmers love you!” President Trump looked up, smiled, walked over to me and shook my hand. What a moment! It was the culmination of more than a year’s...

Jan. 31, 2020