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With more than 25 years of management, government relations and leadership experience in business, non-profit and government, in 2015 Sharon Wylie began her third term in office representing the Vancouver, Washington community in the Washington House of Representatives.
Prior to her appointment to the House of Representatives in 2011, she was the Government Relations Officer for Clark County and several other county and transportation organizations in Washington state. Her successes for Clark County included obtaining funding for the Clark County Center for Community Health, the new crime lab, and the Salmon Creek Interchange.
In the summer of 2015 Sharon was appointed to the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations. The bipartisan and bicameral committee, established in 1985, studies and reviews economic development issues. Its duties include special emphasis on international trade, tourism, investment and industrial development, and assisting the legislature in developing a comprehensive and consistent economic development policy.
She also serves on the Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy, an eight-member legislative task force required to study the generation of nuclear energy in the region.
Sharon is a member of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee. The CFI Committee is responsible for protecting states’ interests in federal issues regarding electronic commerce, banking, insurance, securities and other financial services issues, interstate commerce and taxation of electronic transactions, telecommunications and interstate business activity taxes.
Sharon was one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2013. The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows sends 48 officials from all three branches of government to Lexington, Ky., for a 6-day intellectual boot camp.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse included Sharon in its 2014 Training for Next Generation Facilitation in its mission to increase effective and civil problem-solving in state legislative bodies across the nation. She is also a member of the Washington State Economic Development Finance Authority, and the Advisory Board of WSU Vancouver.
In her district, Sharon has served as president of the Council for the Homeless, and as board member of Affordable Community Environments. She is also active in Vancouver’s downtown arts community.
Sharon earned a BA in Political Science from UC Riverside. She has been married for more than 35 years to Ted Gathe, former Vancouver City Attorney, is the parent of adult twin daughters and has one grandson. Rep. Wylie is an enthusiastic oil portrait painter, cook and back-packer.
HDC Broadcast Coordinator Dan Frizzell recently took his Capitol Ideas mic to Vancouver to talk about the bridge situation with Rep. Sharon Wylie. For other interesting podcasts, visit the Capitol Ideas site.
Democratic plan a clear win-win for students, middle class families, and small businesses OLYMPIA – Most areas of the state could see a sharp property tax increase under the Senate Republicans’ K-12 education funding plan. Yet, despite the increase, total...
Town Hall this Saturday Please join your 49th Legislative District delegation, Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Monica Stonier and me this Saturday, May 13th to talk about the legislative session and address your concerns. Governor signs Bridge Bill Senate Bill 5806,...
Special Session I have learned, through a long career of tackling problems, that investing the time to understand the views and reasons for other viewpoints is the key to compromise or a third path. It was especially critical in the...
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