Vice President Pro Tem, Washington State Senate – present
Senator, Washington State Senate, District 8, 2013 – present
Former Mayor Pro Tem, Kennewick, Wa City Council
Former Member, Kennewick City Council
Concern for the community inspired me to seek election to Kennewick City Council where I was elected Mayor Pro Tem until the opportunity arose to serve in our State Senate.
Having worked through two legislative sessions as State Senator for the 8th District, I am well prepared to return as a strong effective voice for this district.
My top priorities are to create and protect local jobs, fight higher taxes, support Hanford and the diversification of businesses, and maximize resources for education.
I am proud to have worked effectively with the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus in the 2014 session to pass a bipartisan, balanced budget that did not increase taxes on Washingtonians. Furthermore, the budget extended by another year, the long-overdue freeze on state college and university tuition and made an unprecedented billion-dollar investment in K-12 education.
Also, this past session, I was elected by my colleagues to serve as the Senate’s Vice-President Pro Tempore, becoming just one of just three lawmakers formally selected to preside in the Senate’s chambers at the Capitol. For advocacy of small business, I received the “Guardian of Small Business” award as the Senate’s leading voice for regulatory reform, from the National Federation of Independent Business.
Most recently, I was honored to be appointed to the new Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy. The work of this committee will help give my fellow lawmakers a clearer picture of the potential of nuclear energy to support the local Tri-Cities’ economy and create jobs. It is a definite win-win for employers and consumers and I am excited to be a part of it.
Senate Standing Committees (2013-15):
Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development
Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications,
Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education
Legislative Task Force/Committee Appointments
Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy
Joint Select Committee on Health Care Oversight