2024 legislative session •
Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Drew Stokesbary, state representative from the 31st District. I was elected Leader of the House Republican Caucus in April. At that time, Rep. Mike Steele was also elected Deputy Leader. I’m honored to have been chosen by my colleagues for this leadership role, which includes taking the reins of this email update.
The goal of this publication remains the same: To keep you updated on what’s happening in your Legislature and provide you with information on how to be involved in the legislative process. I encourage your participation and welcome your feedback.
The 2024 legislative session
The 60-day legislative session started on Monday with opening ceremonies. You can watch my floor speech from this day here. I highlighted the growing catalog of crises in our state — the cost of living, public safety, drugs, K-12 education, child care, housing and homelessness — and House Republican solutions to fix these problems. I will share more details on our legislation in future email updates.
I also featured these themes at the 2024 Legislative Session Preview last week. This event included Rep. Chris Corry, our new ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, on the Budget Panel, and my 31st District seatmate, Rep. Eric Robertson, who represented our caucus on the Transportation Panel. This forum and the annual Seattle City Club Legislative Preview always reveal the priorities of Republicans and Democrats. I encourage you to watch both.
On Tuesday, the two chambers came together for a joint session and to listen to Gov. Inslee’s State of the State address. That speech was followed by the Republican perspective, provided by Sen. Nikki Torres of Pasco, and a Republican media availability. In my opening remarks at our news conference, I challenged Gov. Inslee’s claim that “the state of our state is stronger than ever.” House Republicans will continue to offer contrast throughout the legislative session.
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Rep. Drew Stokesbary
House Republican Leader