The 2017 Washington State Legislative session is now underway, and I was honored to be selected again as Speaker of the House.

We have a great deal to accomplish this year, including fully funding education, enhancing our health care and mental health care system, addressing the homelessness crisis, and improving our economy in all four corners of the state.

Speaker Chopp addresses the House of Representatives on opening day of the 2017 legislative session.

If you’re interested in learning more about House Democrats’ priorities, please view my remarks to the House on Opening Day.

I’m always happy to hear from you. Please feel free to email me with your questions, ideas or concerns, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Thanks again for allowing me to be your state Representative!


Frank was born and raised in Bremerton; his father worked in the shipyard and his mom worked in the school cafeteria. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington in 1975, and started his career as a community organizer with a passion for social justice.

He worked as a director for the Cascade Community Center, the Pike Market Senior Center, and the North Community Service Center before becoming the Executive Director of the Fremont Public Association. Now known as Solid Ground, the FPA provided one of Seattle’s then most economically-devastated neighborhoods with an emergency food bank, a clothing bank, and an employment program. It has since relocated to the Wallingford area and offers 30 different programs and services that help more than 60,000 households each year.

Frank was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and became co-Speaker of the House in 1999. He began serving as the only Speaker in 2002. As Speaker, Frank has committed himself to policies that reflect his community-organizer values – a strong public education system, health care for every child, good-paying jobs, and protecting the safety net.


  • 2017 Legislative Session Opening Day Speech by Speaker Frank Chopp | - January 9, 2017
    Below find the text of Speaker Frank Chopp’s 2017 Legislative Session Opening Day Speech. You can also watch the video via TVW at this link. Thank you Pat for those kind words. I greatly appreciate it. At this point, I... READ MORE
  • Speaker Chopp’s opening day remarks | Speeches - January 11, 2016
    Welcome back to the people’s House! I want to thank all the House members for their dedication to being citizen legislators! I want to thank Dan Kristianson for his work! Let us thank the families and loved ones who are... READ MORE
  • Frank Chopp elected Speaker of the House | Press Releases - January 12, 2015
    He shares vision of equality and opportunity for state residents OLYMPIA – Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the House. In his acceptance speech, Chopp focused on two themes: equality and opportunity... READ MORE
  • Speaker Chopp’s opening day remarks | Speeches - January 12, 2015
    Thank you, Pat, for those kind words. You are a tremendous leader and a great friend. To get started, please join me in welcoming all the new members to the People’s House. I look forward to working with each of... READ MORE
  • KCTS: Frank Chopp the Affordable Housing Crusader | News - December 9, 2014
    House Speaker Frank Chopp doesn’t like the spotlight, unless it’s pointed at the issues he cares about. Over the years Chopp has accomplished a great deal for his Seattle district and the people of Washington state. Perhaps his greatest passion... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Email me at Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov or call my office at (360) 786-7920. You can also send mail to my Olympia office at:

    LEG 339C
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA

    Legislative Assistant:
    Cindy Chen
    Email: Cindy.Chen@leg.wa.gov

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

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jim Richards, Communications Director
    (360) 786-7206

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