A life-long Washingtonian, Shelly is serving her fourth term representing the 7th Legislative District which includes Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties and parts of Okanogan and Spokane counties.
In the Legislature, Shelly was chosen by her colleagues to serve as Caucus Chair. In this key Leadership position, Shelly presides over caucus meetings, helps track important legislation and is a member of the Leadership team that develops overall messaging and strategies.
Short is a strong leader on energy, environment and regulatory issues and is a recognized local and national leader on climate change and cap-and-trade policy. She sits on the House Rules Committee and the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, and serves as the Assistant Ranking Member on the House Environment Committee.
Shelly has been heavily involved in bringing her district’s concerns about wolves to the state Legislature and is actively working to find solutions to the human/wolf conflict that many of her citizens are experiencing. She’s an avid advocate for rural Washington and was recently named the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Hunters Heritage Council, Washington’s largest hunting-rights organization.
She is a 4-H leader, has participated in the Colville Valley Gymkhana Club and enjoys skeet shooting, horseback riding, swimming and gardening. Shelly and her husband, Mitch, live in Addy. They have two adult children, Trevor and Brianna.