Member Opinions

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said the late philosopher George Santayana. I’m reminded of these words as the Legislature is debating whether to spend a new $1.3 billion...

Feb. 23, 2018

A few days ago, the Port of Longview announced it had signed an exclusive agreement to negotiate with a prospective tenant for the old Continental Grain terminal at Berth 4. Cheers...

Feb. 22, 2018

One issue the Legislature continues to try and tackle is how to bridge the gap in our state’s rural-urban divide. Tourism is an area that lacks much-needed attention and is an...

Feb. 16, 2018

Five generations, 110 years. That’s how long the Wilcox family has lived in the Nisqually River watershed, pouring our blood, sweat and tears into our local communities. It seems like quite...

Feb. 6, 2018

Since taking office in January 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee has used the climate change issue to propose billions of dollars in new taxes to regulate greenhouse gases. His climate change agenda has found mediocre legislative support....

Feb. 2, 2018

It is an honor to represent you and the citizens of the 16th District here in Olympia. One of my main priorities is fiscal responsibility. In the latest revenue forecast, projected...

Jan. 26, 2018

16th District lawmakers offer a preview of the 2018 legislative session.

Jan. 12, 2018

It is once again an honor to be back at the state Capitol, representing you and the citizens of the 16th District during the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers convened in Olympia...

Jan. 11, 2018

With much recent attention on the state Supreme Court case Whatcom County v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, often called Hirst, we would like the opportunity to express the views...

Jan. 10, 2018

I truly believe Washington can achieve energy independence one day, but we must be strategic in how we get there. Causing self-inflicted economic hardship along the way would be foolish.

Dec. 17, 2017