2023 legislative session •

The 105-day legislative session began on Monday. Opening-day ceremonies included state lawmakers being sworn into office with family and friends looking on. It was an exciting day, especially for 11 new House Republicans. I’m so impressed with this group.

As House Republican Leader, I provided opening-day remarks following a speech from Speaker Laurie Jinkins. I also had an opportunity to sit down with Mike McClanahan of TVW  for an interview that included a discussion on our caucus priorities.

Monday was the first time family, friends, all staff, and the public were present in the House chambers for opening-day ceremonies since 2020. An open Capitol Campus that allows the public to visit with state lawmakers, testify in committee, and rally is so critical to the legislative process and policy making.

State of the State address, Republican perspective

On Tuesday, Gov. Inslee delivered his State of the State address to the Legislature. The Republican perspective was provided by Rep. Peter Abbarno, who is also the newest member of our House Republican leadership team as assistant floor leader.

Peter discussed Republican priorities of affordability, public safety, housing, and empowering all families. He shared real solutions for the real problems facing our state. Please consider watching Peter’s speech and sharing it with others.

Media availability

What we didn’t hear from the governor is an acknowledgment that Democratic policies have made life more expensive, communities less safe, and housing unaffordable and unavailable. Republicans discussed these issues and others at our first media availability of 2023.

Republicans will continue to explain problems and advocate for policies to address them. We will offer real solutions this legislative session, like we have in past years. I will provide more details on legislation in future email updates.


There are several ways for you to be involved in your citizen Legislature, either in-person or from home. The Legislative Information Center has a lot of information, including helpful videos. Here are some House Republican resources you might find useful:

Looking ahead

I will continue to send this email update out every Friday during the legislative session. Please feel free to forward it to friends or let them know they can sign up here. Or, each edition offers you a user-friendly option to unsubscribe. You can find that option below.

Thank you for your interest in this publication and the decisions being made in Olympia. I will talk to you again next week.


Rep. J.T. Wilcox
House Republican Leader
(360) 786-7912