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Honeyford continues in Senate leadership, re-elected as deputy floor leader

Senator Jim HoneyfordWashington’s Senate Republicans met privately Wednesday afternoon to elect their leadership team – an event that occurs in legislative election years – and chose Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, to continue serving as deputy floor leader.

“Obviously I’m honored that my colleagues think highly of me,” Honeyford said of his re-election. “I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan manner with all members of the Legislature for the good of the people of the state of Washington.” Continue reading


Legislative Leadership: Republican Deputy Floor Leader 2009-10, 2011-12; Republican Caucus Chair, 2005-06; Majority Caucus Chair, 2004; Republican Whip, 2001-02.

Elective Office: House of Representatives 1994, 1996; Senate 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, current term expires January 2015.

Standing Committees (2011-13): Ranking Republican Member, Environment Water & Energy; Member, Agriculture & Rural Economic Development; Member, Ways & Means.

Special Committees: Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought; Joint Legislative-Executive Columbia River Partnership; Study of Offshore Outsourcing; State Capitol Furnishings and Preservation Committee; Council of State Governments, Western Water Policy Committee; Joint Executive Legislative Water Policy and Water Dispute Resolution Committee; Washington State Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission; State Capitol Legislative Building Rehabilitation/Renovation Oversight Committee; Washington State Historical Society, board member; Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Advisory Committee.

Awards & Honors: Association of Washington Business “Cornerstone” award, 2007; 2006 Champions of Free Enterprise Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; 2005 Landmark Deeds Award for Public Service, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; 2005 Jim Matson Award, highest honor presented by the Association of Washington Business; 100 percent voting record on issues important to farmers, Washington Farm Bureau, 2005; 2004-05 Legislator of the Year, Washington Association of Agricultural Educators; Outstanding Legislator Award, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), 1997-98; 2000 NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award; 2000 Legislator of the Year Award, Washington Association of Agricultural Educators; 2000 Outstanding Leadership Award, NW Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America; 2002 Outstanding Service Award, Prosser School District; 2002 Appreciation Award, Latino/a Educational Achievement Project; 2002 Washington Farm Bureau 100% Voting Record Award.

Education: Central Washington University, B.A. in Education; B.A. in Sociology; Masters of Education in Instructional Media.

Civic Activities: Washington State Historical Society, board of trustees; Sunnyside City Council; Habitat for Humanity, board member; Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, former council president; Washington State Farm Bureau; Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce; Sunnyside Tennis Club, founder and former president; Washington State Grape Society.

Employment: Policeman, City of Ellensburg, 1960-66; Teacher, coach, librarian, Sunnyside School District, 1966-1995; Farmer.

Personal: Jim was born in Ontario, Ore., but moved to Sunnyside in 1956; He and his wife, Jerri, are the parents of four grown children.

Senators sign letter supporting AG lawsuit

Today, as Senate Republican Deputy Floor Leader, I delivered a letter to Attorney General Rob McKenna in support of his decision to join a bipartisan, nationwide group of attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the national health care bill signed into law this week. These senators signed the letter:

Sen. Randi Becker
Sen. Don Benton
Sen. Mike Carrell
Sen. Jerome Delvin
Sen. Mike Hewitt
Sen. Janéa Holmquist
Sen. Jim Honeyford
Sen. Curtis King
Sen. Bob McCaslin
Sen. Bob Morton
Sen. Cheryl Pflug
Sen. Pam Roach
Sen. Mark Schoesler
Sen. Val Stevens
Sen. Dan Swecker
Sen. Joseph Zarelli

“Our caucus has long sought to ensure all Washingtonians have access to high-quality, affordable health care while maintaining our commitments to the vulnerable, working poor and elderly. Over the years we have introduced legislation to accomplish this goal,” the letter stated.

“We believe that the future of our government ‘of the people and by the people’ is in peril when any group sees fit to suspend the constitution and laws in service of their own agenda. …It is vital that our courts address these fundamental constitutional concerns prior to the full implementation of the legislation. We are convinced that a legally sound approach to health reform will be more successful and will better serve our fellow citizens over the long term.”

Senate Republicans have introduced several bills since the beginning of this year’s regular legislative session aimed at protecting Washingtonians from any possible unconstitutional provisions of the Obama health care plan.

Senate Bill 6535, the Washington State Health Care Freedom Act of 2010, would protect employers and workers who refuse to participate in nationalized healthcare from possible fines and penalties. Sponsored by Sen. Janéa Holmquist, R-Moses Lake, it would also nullify in Washington any federal law, rule, order or other act by the federal government violating the provisions of the bill.

If approved by voters, Senate Joint Memorial 8220, sponsored by Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, would put these same protections into Washington’s constitution.

This week, Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, introduced Senate Bill 6890, which would prohibit a federal mandate on Washington citizens to purchase health care.