Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are now in the second week of this 105-day legislative session. For a quick recap of week one, I encourage you to watch my video update below. I'll be recording these videos every Friday during session. You can find them on both my legislative website and YouTube page.
After being elected House Republican Leader by my colleagues last March, I was reelected to the position in November.
I was recently asked how, as leader, I would measure success for our caucus this session. To me, success will mean holding state government accountable, standing up for fiscal responsibility and a sustainable budget, and standing firm against the majority's plan to raise taxes on Washingtonians by billions of dollars.
With that said, success will also mean working together with the majority party on issues such as mental health, homelessness and affordable housing. There are a lot of people in crisis across our state, and we must act with purpose this session to make sure they get the help they need.
The bottom line is we will fight when we need to fight, but we will also actively look for opportunities to work across the aisle. A lot of our members have some really unique policy ideas due to their extensive experience in the private sector. My seatmate, Rep. Andrew Barkis, is using his 20 years of experience in property management to work on ways to prevent foreclosures. Rep. Gina Mosbrucker has introduced a number of bills to help victims of domestic violence, including one that would make domestic violence resources available in the workplace.
Our caucus truly believes in the idea of “One Washington.” It's not just a slogan for us. I touched on that, and a lot more, in my opening day floor speech.
Finally, I just want to say how excited I am about our freshman class this year. We have some outstanding new members who've already hit the ground running and are doing a great job for their constituents. Our caucus has a bright future.
This session, we will be posting more content than ever before on our caucus social media pages. I encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on SoundCloud and YouTube to keep up on the latest from Olympia.
I also welcome you to sign up for the Capitol Buzz, a weekday summary of online news stories from across the state.
Your Legislature works best when you are involved. I encourage you to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns you have about state government or a particular piece of legislation.
It is an honor to serve you.