Member Opinions

It was Sept. 11, 2007, when Gov. Chris Gregoire came to Snohomish County to see firsthand the problems on U.S. Highway 2 that contributed to more than 45 deaths within... ...

Jan. 24, 2012

On Feb. 14, for the first time ever, the Stevenson-Carson School District will send voters a three-year maintenance and operations levy.  As your state Representatives, we’re often asked to talk... ...

Jan. 19, 2012

I can’t recall ever having my office phone and e-mail explode with calls and letters as they have after the governor announced her proposed 2011-13 budget adjustments to address the... ...

Jan. 9, 2012

When lawmakers arrived Nov. 28 at the state Capitol for a special session, many of my fellow legislators and I were hopeful we could vote within the first couple days... ...

Dec. 30, 2011

In counties throughout the state, local officials are in the process of updating their shoreline master programs. Many citizens in the 7th Legislative District living on or near particular shorelines... ...

Dec. 1, 2011

In recent weeks, I have heard from administrators and health care workers who operate small hospitals in rural areas across the state, and from those within the 39th District, which... ...

Nov. 30, 2011

When Washington’s founders wrote our state’s Constitution in 1889, they made sure the ultimate sovereignty of government is reserved for the people. The first article of the state Constitution says... ...

Sept. 22, 2011

All eyes of state government will be fixated on the state’s economic and revenue forecast when it is released Sept. 15. This forecast not only predicts the direction of Washington’s... ...

Aug. 29, 2011

My first legislative session in Olympia could be likened to a rollercoaster – many ups and downs, with lots of twists and turns. While tough decisions and difficult negotiations drew... ...

Aug. 2, 2011

Special to the Tri-City Herald, published on July 8, 2011. It is often said that the Tri-Cities region has more doctorate degrees per capita than any other region in the... ...

July 22, 2011