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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

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  • Nov 21st Daily News Guest Editorial by Rep. Brian Blake | News - November 26, 2017
    LEGISLATORS WORKING TOGETHER Editor’s note: Today’s editorial was written by state Rep. Brian Blake. Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed... READ MORE
  • One Washington: Lawmakers come to Grays Harbor on first stop of rural development tour | News - September 12, 2017
    ABERDEEN—More than a dozen state representatives, including Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, came to the Rotary Log Pavilion for the first stop on a listening tour in timber and farm country. “It was great to see so many local... READ MORE
  • Premera will continue offering health plans in Grays Harbor | News - June 19, 2017
    OLYMPIA—Earlier today, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) announced that Premera Blue Cross has decided to continue offering individual health plans in Grays Harbor County in 2018. The plans will be offered through the Health Benefit Exchange, where consumers... READ MORE
  • Legislature passes bill to help forest landowners improve fish habitat | News - April 18, 2017
    OLYMPIA—A bipartisan measure that will streamline a process for opening new habitat for endangered salmon and other aquatic species has been sent to Governor Inslee.  House Bill 1275, sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen) passed both chambers with unanimous support.... READ MORE
  • Blake’s 4/18/17 Update: Helping Service Members / Protecting Vulnerable People / Naselle Youth Camp / Farewell to Sarah | News - April 18, 2017
    Dear neighbors, This is the last week of the 2017 legislative session. At this point, much of our time on the Floor is spent voting on concurrences. Bills that are passed out of the House and are then amended and... READ MORE

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    Contact

    District Address:

    1329 Broadway Street, Suite 205
    Longview, WA 98632
    360-353-5241

    Olympia Address:

    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) 786-7206
    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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