Member Opinions

Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution states: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired…” Despite...

Feb. 9, 2019

Special to the Tri-City Herald Domestic violence is not a common topic of conversation around the kitchen table. However, information and knowledge are power. I believe it is time to shed some...

Feb. 4, 2019

The 2019 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 14. We are honored to serve you and bring a strong voice of our 9th District citizens to the state Capitol. This year’s 105-day...

Jan. 24, 2019

Eastern Washington is different from Western Washington in many ways. Each region has different priorities, different economic conditions, and different ways of life. However, too often, decisions made by the state...

Jan. 24, 2019

Special to the East Washingtonian The 2019 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 14. We are honored to serve you and bring a strong voice of our 9th District citizens to the...

Jan. 23, 2019

In a routine that’s become as predictable as the Mariners missing the playoffs or Starbucks hiking the price of a cup of coffee, Governor Jay Inslee has...

Jan. 17, 2019

For many of us on Whidbey Island, Saturdays regularly include a trip to the transfer station, where we take our garbage and sorted recyclables. It’s often a time to say ‘hello’...

May 11, 2018

The statistics are alarming, but real. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates prescription opioid misuse costs the United States $78.5 billion a year. Here in Washington state, the...

May 11, 2018

The Legislature adjourned on March 8. It is great to be back in beautiful Whatcom County. Since being home, we have had opportunities to meet with constituents and local groups about...

May 7, 2018

People have been asking me about my impressions of the recent “short” legislative session that just ended a couple of weeks ago. Here’s my recap. As I mentioned at the Greater...

April 25, 2018