Elected Experience: State Representative, 13th district. Serving on Appropriations, Assistant Ranking Early Learning, Assistant Ranking Ag & Natural Resources.Five terms chairman Grant County Republican Party.
Other Professional Experience: Tom Dent Aviation, 31 years offering flight instruction and aerial application. Flying T Ranch, producing grass fed beef, bison, and hay. Serve on Association of Washington Business board. Former board member Grant County Farm Bureau; Pacific Northwest Aerial Applicators Association
Education: Othello High School; Big Bend Community College; Professional Flight Training, 1975; Airline Transport Pilot training, 1980
Community Service: Chaired Moses Lake TMDL Committee; Moses Lake Airport Commissioner. Grant County Sheriff’s Posse; Immanuel Lutheran Church; Foster parent.
Statement: Tom Dent is a community leader, rancher, and professional pilot. He understands our values: family, education, fiscal responsibility. Tom is dedicated to serving the people, not Olympia bureaucracies.
Few in Olympia understand how all-encompassing regulations make it tougher to farm, ranch or run a business. Tom has used and will continue to use his knowledge, leadership and business experience to be an effective leader for us. Tom and his wife Dayna have devoted their lives serving others. Tom is the right choice to return to Olympia to continue to be our Representative and advocate in state government.