Biography

Monica sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. She decided to run for office because she is passionate about keeping Clark County a great place to raise her family. Monica believes a good Representative is one who listens to the community and makes decisions based on that two way communication, advocates for ALL community members, and works toward an effective government and respectful debate.

Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family and believes we must honor our veterans for their service. She moved to Washington while in high school, earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver.  She is proud of her Mexican-American roots and has Japanese-American uncles who fought in the 442nd Go For Broke Infantry in WWII.

Professionally, Monica works as an instructional coach at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver. Previously she was a middle school teacher. She believes that today, we are educating workers for jobs we cannot even imagine.  Her professional work reflects her belief that the priority of public education should be to teach kids to think critically, not just pass tests. After working in a school and watching families grow in this community, Monica sees firsthand the need for stronger partnerships between jobs in our community and work force training and education.

Monica and her husband Brandon have been married for 15 years and now have two children who attend public school in Vancouver. She enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

News

  • The Columbian: Stonier now deputy whip for House Democrats | News - January 15, 2018
  • Stonier elected to key leadership role in Olympia | News - January 15, 2018
    OLYMPIA – Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, was elected to serve as Deputy Majority Whip by members of the House Democratic Caucus on today. “It’s an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve in this role,” said Stonier. “Southwest... READ MORE
  • Spokesman Review: Washington House backs late breakfast programs at public schools | News - January 11, 2018
    Some Washington public schools would be required to offer free or reduced-cost breakfasts to low-income students even if they arrive just before classes start, under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the House on Tuesday. In its first vote on legislation... READ MORE
  • Seattle Times: More Washington students could get a meal in expanded breakfast-after-the-bell program | News - January 11, 2018
    A bill passed by the state House would require schools with higher poverty rates to offer breakfast after the morning bell to ensure every student has access to something to eat at the start of the day. Click here to... READ MORE
  • KNKX: ‘Breakfast After The Bell’ May Be Coming Soon To Washington State | News - January 10, 2018
    Wednesday marked the third day of Washington’s 2018 legislative session and the House of Representatives passed its first bill. It would require high poverty schools to offer breakfast after the start of the school day. It’s a top priority for... READ MORE
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    What a ‘Families First’ budget looks like


    Families first.

    That is the driving principle behind the House Democrats’ proposed budget. People in Vancouver have asked us how we can improve education, make college affordable, create thriving communities, protect our environment and increase access to quality health care.

    For the past year, I have talked about the need for a responsible budget that funds our schools without slashing crucial services, and without further cutting programs that grow our economy.

    The House Democrats’ proposed  budget fully funds education by investing $7.1 billion in additional dollars for our K-12 schools over the next four years.

    We invest in high-quality teachers in every classroom, give students the education they deserve, invest in other crucial school staff and programs, and keep our promise to fully fund education.

    Our ‘families first’ budget makes key investments in early learning, higher education, critical human services, housing, mental health, civil legal aid, and quality care for our aging population and people with developmental disabilities.

    We’re investing in a future that keeps Washington a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

    We have known all along that there wasn’t enough revenue to create an exceptional education system without cutting some or all of the critical state services. In addition to deep cuts to state services, Senate Republicans proposed a $5.5 billion property tax to fund their budget.

    Our progressive revenue plan cuts the B&O taxes for 80% or our businesses, while improving the fairness of our tax system to make these needed investments. You can read more about our revenue package here and here.

    And based on the survey results you submitted a few weeks ago, it looks like the vast majority of our community supports progressive tax reform that provides small business tax relief, eases the burden on families, and fully funds our K-12 schools.

     

    Now that both chambers have introduced budget and revenue plans, both sides will start negotiating a compromise solution to send to the Governor. I remain committed to supporting your values and the values of Washington throughout the negotiation process.

    House Page Alina with Rep. Monica Stonier

    Thank you so much to Alina from Henrietta Lacks High School in Vancouver for being a part of the Page Program! It is so great to see high school students from home active in the Legislature!

     


    Urgent action needed on school funding!

    Your Voice in Olympia

    I am extremely pleased and honored to once again be serving as a voice for Southwest Washington in the state Legislature. Thank you for giving me this opportunity! As your state lawmaker, I will be focusing on policies that:

    • Ensure every student has opportunities to learn.
    • Create more pathways that lead to successful careers after graduation.
    • Expands economic prosperity to more families in our community.
    • Provides the proper care and treatment to those suffering from a mental illness.

    Again, thank you for the opportunity to represent you in Olympia.


    Urgent action needed on school funding!

    The House of Representatives voted on its first bill of the 2017 Legislative session this week – HB 1059. You may have heard this referred to as the “Levy Cliff” bill. In short, public schools will lose roughly $358 million in funding for the 2017-18 school year unless lawmakers act soon.

    How will this impact our community? Vancouver school district stands to lose $2.6 million. And Evergreen School District – $4.5 million.

    Click here for a more detailed explanation of the levy cliff bill. It’s time for the Legislature to step up and fully fund education!

    Although this bill passed the House with bipartisan support, early indicators suggest that the Republican-controlled Senate will not bring the bill up for a vote. If that’s the case, teachers will receive layoff notices in the coming weeks and crowded classrooms will become even more crowded.

    Students deserve stability in their schools. Passing this bill makes sure that school districts aren’t held hostage while the Legislature finds long-term solutions to the school funding problem.


    Honoring Dr. King

    Honoring Dr. King

    I was honored to speak on the House floor last week to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s message is just as important today as it was during the Civil Rights Movement.

    My message on the House floor was a simple one: Dr. King’s fight for equality and justice continues today, especially in our schools. Every child has potential, but only if they’re given support throughout their entire learning path. Too many children in Washington state fall behind because they aren’t given the same opportunities and the same resources as children in wealthier communities.

    Dr. King would want us to act to make equality and justice a reality for all of God’s children.

    (Click here to watch my speech.)  


    Keep in Touch

    I am here to serve you. Your feedback is important to me. Please call, write, email, or visit with your questions, comments, or concerns.

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    Vancouver Address:
    1104 Main Street
    Suite 550C,
    Vancouver, WA 98660

    (360)690-4700

    Olympia Address:
    JLOB 331
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7872

    Legislative Assistant:
    Sarah Kohout

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

    Committees:
    Education (Vice Chair)
    Capital Budget
    Health Care & Wellness
    Rules

    For Press Inquiries:
    Andy McVicar, Deputy Communications Director
    (360) 786-7215
    Andrew.McVicar@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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