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Biography

Brian Blake represents the 19th District, including all of Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, and parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties.

Brian was a logger for ten years before he became an environmental specialist for the Department of Corrections. He is a current member of the Coastal Harvest board, a food-bank distribution center, and is on the board of the Lower Columbia Community Action Program. He was also active in the community through his previous involvement in the Citizens for Washington Wildlife.

His legislative priorities are family wage jobs, education, and sound agriculture and natural resources policy.

Brian was recently named Legislator of the Year by the State Farm Bureau for his many accomplishments, including:

  • Legislation to keep local biomass facilities open, preserving hundreds of jobs.
  • Securing funding for local retraining programs for displaced workers and soldiers returning home.
  • Getting $425,000 to add more lights to the Chehalis River Bridge to make it safer and end the long battle between the state and the city of Aberdeen over who foots the bill.Brian’s ancestors settled in Southwest Washington before statehood. He is a hunter, fisherman, and advocate for public access to public lands.

Brian has been in office since 2002.

PERSONAL
Resident of Aberdeen. Married to Debra Thomas-Blake.

EDUCATION
Aberdeen High School
A. S. Forestry, Grays Harbor C.C.
B. S. Environmental Studies, TESC

EMPLOYMENT
10 years logging, Contract Forester for Weyerhaeuser Co.
3 years Environmental Specialist III, Dept. of Corrections

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS & ORGANIZATIONS
Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply during Drought
Electron Dam Salmon Passage Work Group
Recreation on State Trust Lands Work Group
Council of State Governments – WEST Legislative Council on River Governance
Western Legislative Forestry Task Force
Coastal Caucus
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Board member, Coastal Harvest Food-bank Distribution Center
Board member, Lower Columbia Community Action Program

PUBLIC SERVICE
Citizen activist lobbying for access to our natural heritage.

YEARS IN THE HOUSE
Since 2002

Newsfeed

Blake’s 05/09/18 Update: Orca Recovery Task Force / End of Session Report / Election Year Restrictions

Orca Recovery Task Force A couple of weeks ago I was appointed to serve on the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force. The fact that we only have about 75 whales left is a matter of serious concern to me... READ MORE

Lawmakers weigh in on fixes for local economy

The group of Democratic legislators representing the 19th and 24th Legislative Districts said Monday they’d like more direction from local leaders looking for a solution to the traffic mess created by growing rail traffic in East Aberdeen. The lawmakers, Sen.... READ MORE

Blake to serve on orca recovery task force

Last week the Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives, Frank Chopp, appointed Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, to the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force. Southern resident orca whales are the only known resident population of orcas in the United... READ MORE

Democrats’ plan cuts taxes, balances budget and increases reserves

OLYMPIA — The Legislature adjourned today after passing a balanced budget plan that will provide property tax relief while leaving a healthy reserve fund for future emergencies such as wildfires or unexpected economic downturns. Closer to home, a proviso in... READ MORE

New state budget offers help—and hope—to rural hospitals

OLYMPIA — Help is on the way for rural hospitals, especially two sole community hospitals that are the foundation of health care for residents in Clallam County and Grays Harbor County. “Every family needs access to health care, and that... READ MORE


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Contact

LEG 437A
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA
98504-0600

(360) 786-7870
Email Brian

Legislative Assistant:
Dawn Thomas
Email: Dawn.Thomas@leg.wa.gov

Toll-free Hotline:
1-800-562-6000
1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

Committees:
Agriculture & Natural Resources (Chair)
Business & Financial Services
Commerce & Gaming

For Press Inquiries:
Lilia P. Nieto, Senior Communications Specialist
(360) 786-7375
Lilia.Nieto@leg.wa.gov

For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
(360) 786-7208
Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov


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