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Biography

Steve Tharinger is a former small business owner and three-term Clallam County Commissioner.

He is a member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary and a state-certified, volunteer mediator with the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College.

Steve was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 representing the 24th Legislative District, which includes all of Clallam and Jefferson counties and a portion of Grays Harbor County.

As chair of the House Capital Budget Committee, he helps write the state’s capital investment budget, which builds schools, colleges, parks and other state facilities plus making investments in our natural resources. He also serves on the Health Care and Wellness and Appropriations committees.

His community involvement includes past service on dozens of boards and commissions, including the Clallam County Economic Development Council, the state insurance commissioner’s Health Care Reform Revitalization Committee, the Clallam County Board of Health and the Dungeness River Management Team.

At the state level, he served on Salmon Recovery Funding Board from 2002 to 2008 as chair for two of those years. Steve helped write the state’s new Alzheimer’s plan, co-chairs the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability, and is a member of the Dementia Action Collaborative.

News

  • New state budget offers help—and hope—to rural hospitals | News - March 8, 2018
    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
  • You’re invited: Van De Wege, Tharinger and Chapman host town halls in Forks and Ocean Shores | News - March 8, 2018
    OLYMPIA — All three lawmakers from the 24th Legislative District are joining together to host old-fashioned town hall meetings on Thursday, March 22. “This is a great opportunity to inform people about what happened during this year’s legislative session when... READ MORE
  • Tharinger: Construction budgets invests in public schools, mental health and environment | News - March 7, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Changes to the state’s $4.2 billion construction budget will put more funding into building schools, mental health facilities and environmental projects, said Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, chair of the House Capital Budget Committee. “Our state is growing rapidly because of... READ MORE
  • Tharinger: Capital budget invests in schools, rural broadband and mental health | News - February 21, 2018
    OLYMPIA—The chair of the House Capital Budget Committee released changes (House Bill 2395) to the two-year construction budget that would invest more in public school construction, access to broadband internet in rural areas and mental health facilities. “These projects will... READ MORE
  • Tharinger and Chapman applaud passage of $4 billion construction budget | News - January 19, 2018
    OLYMPIA—The construction budget passed by the House and Senate will build a record $ 1 billion in new public schools and includes more than $46 million in local projects in the 24th District. “This budget will put people to work... READ MORE
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    Olympia Address:
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    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7904
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    Leanne Horn
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