Elected Experience: Washington State Senate (2013-Present); Washington House of Representatives 39th District (2001-2012)
Other Professional Experience: Chairman Senate Natural Resources & Parks Committee; Vice Chairman Government Operations Committee; Law & Justice Committee; Rules Committee; Past Member of Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission
Education: Graduate of Monroe High School; Attended Wenatchee Valley College & Central Washington University
Community Service: Past member of the Monroe and Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce; Past member of the Everett Community College Foundation
Statement: Friends and Neighbors,
I again seek your support to continue working on the issues that are important to all of us. These last few years I have sponsored or supported legislation to put several billion dollars more into our public schools. At the same time I have supported a 15 to 20 percent tuition cut to help students attend our colleges and universities. I have also worked on economic measures to provide good paying jobs in the future. For example, transferring the Northern State Hospital site to the Port of Skagit, and allowing Arlington and Marysville to create a tax incentive for businesses to locate within their industrial lands.
I will always fight to protect victims of crime through legislation. This includes legislation to increase penalties and supervision for domestic violence offenders and strengthening luring statutes, which protect our developmentally disabled and youth. As Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, I have worked to keep our state parks open and thriving. This includes more fishing opportunities, opening of multi-use on our trails, and clean-up of derelict vessels in our waterways.
I am supported by labor, small business, and the many wonderful people of the 39th District.