Amid a chorus of applause Wednesday, Sen. Jim Honeyford accepted the Washington State Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award for an unprecedented third time. The Sunnyside Republican received the award previously in 2003 and again in 2007.
“It’s always an honor to receive an award, but I’m particularly humbled by this one,” said Honeyford. “Working on our states’ farm, ranch and agricultural issues is one of my highest priorities and it’s truly rewarding to be named legislator of the year by the Washington State Farm Bureau.”
The farm bureau gave the award to Honeyford in recognition of his ongoing work on the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, which identifies a comprehensive approach to water resources and ecosystem restoration improvements in the Yakima River basin.
Honeyford was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and was elected to the Senate in 1998. He is the ranking member on the Senate Water, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.
The senator has been very active in water, energy and labor policy over the years, including playing an instrumental role in the passage of the Columbia River Water Supply Bill. In 2007, he sponsored a bill to fix the Right to Farm Act and he helped champion the measure that would have exempted agriculture from the Growth Management Act.