Wilcox sworn in as new 2nd District state representative

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Wilcox sworn in as new 2nd District state representative

With his proud family and friends watching, J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, Monday swore to: “uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of a Washington State Representative to the best of my ability.”

The new 2nd District state representative joined 20 other new lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Anxious to get to work, Wilcox brings his family farm work ethic to the job and is committed to finding a way to balancing a nearly $6 billion budget shortfall.

“I'm glad to be able to serve at this tough time in our state's history,” Wilcox said. “Voters told us plain and simple they want their government to provide essential services without asking for more revenue. This is nothing new for my constituents – families, farmers and small businesses in the Second District have always needed to live within their means.”

Wilcox will serve on four House committees:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources (he will serve as assistant ranking Republican) – considers issues relating to agricultural production; water; fisheries and wildlife; forest protection; state-owned lands; animal and plant disease control and mining.
  • Ways and Means – considers the operating budget; fiscal issues such as pension policy; as well as state and local taxes.
  • Education – considers kindergarten through twelfth-grade educational policy and finance issues.
  • General Government Appropriations and Oversight – considers issues relating to funding and oversight of general government, natural resources and corrections programs and agencies. It also makes funding recommendations to the Ways and Means Committee.

“The challenges our state faces will require us to work together to find solutions that protect taxpayers, job creators and the most vulnerable in our communities,” Wilcox said. “It's time we had a frank discussion about the role of government; we cannot keep offering taxpayers the status quo. I am honored to join my colleagues in making difficult decisions.”

Wilcox can be contacted at his Olympia office by e-mail at jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 786-7912.


Washington State House Republican Communications