15th District

My bill to assist power capacity in central WA will become law Members of the Washington State Senate voted unanimously Monday in favor of my bill which would – among other things – allow investors to construct water-pump storage facilities along the Columbia River to generate electricity and help balance out the power generated by area wind farms. I’m pleased to see... Read More...
Bryan Funk serves as a Senate Page I had the opportunity to work with 14-year-old Bryan Funk of Zillah, who served as my legislative page this week. Bryan is an eighth grader at Zillah Middle School and participated in the Senate Page Program, a week-long experience in Olympia where pages run errands, deliver mail, and serve in... Read More...
Ofinio and Eliticia Sanchez receive the Gift of Life Award This week I had the honor of visiting with Ofinio and Eliticia Sanchez who live in the 15th District. They were in Olympia to receive the Gift of Life Award from Governor Gregoire and Life Center Northwest. The Sanchez’s lost one of their young children and chose to donate that child’s... Read More...
An update on the status of my bills We’re past the cutoff point for both House and Senate bills not considered necessary to implement the budget to be passed out of committees. From this point on, each day will be spent debating and passing bills in either the full House or full Senate, with the exception of certain... Read More...
Critical access hospitals threatened Similar to last week’s House Democrat operating budget proposal, today’s Senate Democrat proposal would cut $11 million from most of our state’s critical access hospitals. I say most because I’m told there is one critical access hospital – in a Democrat district – that will not suffer any cuts. All... Read More...