Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
The 2018 legislative session will present challenges and opportunities as control of the state Senate has changed. After five years, our Republican-led coalition will be in the minority, but we have a record of bipartisan accomplishments of which to be proud. When our coalition began governing we prioritized education, jobs and responsible budgeting. While serving as the chair of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee, I spearheaded efforts to cut college tuition for working families, and supported historic investments in our K-12 system, while fending off billions in new taxes, and more. The former Majority Leader recently authored an op-ed in the Seattle Times discussing those accomplishments and our commitment to future bipartisan successes. I encourage you to read the piece. Please click here.
I will continue to serve as the Minority Whip, a critical leadership role within the Caucus, and will serve on the Senate’s budget committee, Ways and Means, the Health and Long Term Care Committee, and the Rules Committee.
With one-party control I am worried about an overly partisan, Seattle-centric agenda. Remember, the Senate Republicans represent a far more diverse economic, geographic and environmental population, and our needs are different. I remain committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle to achieve real success for citizens of our state like we’ve seen under divided government.