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
    Will the court break public-sector unions?
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    News - May 13, 2018
    When Monica Stonier first started working full time as a teacher in 2001, she was more focused on learning her students’ names than about her union, the Washington Education Association. But now Stonier, who has since been elected as a... READ MORE
  • The News Tribune
    Washington’s public unions fight to retain influence in face of adverse court ruling
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    News - May 11, 2018
    When Pam Kruse took over the Franklin Pierce Education Association, there were 56 school staffers who weren’t union members. Now there are 10. That’s a signature accomplishment for Kruse, an energetic and charismatic leader who assumed the reins of the... READ MORE
  • The Columbian
    Clark County homeowners take a hit as property taxes pile up
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    News - April 30, 2018
    Ridgefield resident Virginia Roberts was expecting her property taxes to go up this year. After all, they’re going up everywhere. But when she saw her bill for $4,139.68 — a nearly 30 percent increase from last year — for her... READ MORE
  • The Columbian
    Letter: There’s no end to helping students
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    News - April 24, 2018
    I appreciated the editorial supporting the Breakfast After the Bell bill sponsored by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver (In Our View — “Feeding Kids Sound Policy,” The Columbian, April 23). As Gov. Jay Inslee so eloquently said, ” if you’re going... READ MORE
  • The Columbian
    In Our View: Feeding Kids Sound Policy
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    News - April 23, 2018
    Two new state laws revolving around school meals bring up larger questions about the role of government. One law, known as Breakfast After the Bell, will require high-poverty schools to provide meals for children who arrive late for school. As... READ MORE
  • The Columbian
    Inslee visits Vancouver, touts Breakfast After the Bell bill
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    News - April 16, 2018
    Gov. Jay Inslee started his week surrounded by children. And no, that isn’t a joke about the Washington state Legislature. Sitting in a third-grade class at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center — the Fruit Valley neighborhood’s elementary school — Inslee... READ MORE
  • Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier to host town hall this Saturday | News - March 8, 2018
    49th District residents are invited to attend a town hall hosted this Saturday by Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Sharon Wylie and Rep. Monica Stonier. The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vancouver Housing Authority conference... READ MORE
  • Seattle Globalist
    Washington Voting Rights Act passes legislature
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    News - March 5, 2018
    The Washington Voting Rights Act has passed both chambers of the legislature — sending the bill to Gov Jay Inslee.
  • Student Loan Bill of Rights wins legislative approval | News - March 3, 2018
    OLYMPIA – Legislation expanding consumer protections for Washington’s 800,000 student loan borrowers is headed to the governor’s desk after passing the state House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support on Friday. “After three years of working on this bill, I... READ MORE
  • Rep. Stonier’s statement regarding ESB 6617: Concerning records disclosure obligations of the legislative branch. (Public Records Act) | News - February 27, 2018
    Updated: 3/21/18 It is not surprising that when transparency of government is in question, that there will be considerable concern from the public, emails and phone calls to my office, and media attention. This is as it should be. Washington... READ MORE
  • Videos

    1.20.18 – The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have sparked a long overdue conversation about sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. State legislatures across the nation are examining their workplace policies and practices, and taking steps to ensure all employees are safe at work.

    Here in Olympia, the House approved House Concurrent Resolution 4413, which will create a Unified One Table working group. This working group will help the House and Senate reshape our policies and practices so that lawmakers, legislative staff, lobbyists, reporters, and guests are safe from harassment while at our state capitol.


    1.19.18 – Last night, the Legislature finally approved a much-needed capital budget on a strong bipartisan vote. The state’s capital budget is one of the best budgets for Clark County that we’ve seen in a long time.

    Investments in the Clark County Historical Museum, the WSU Vancouver Life Sciences Building, and Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center are long overdue.


    Bill Blog

    HB 1509: Graduation Requirements

    February 24, 2017 HB 1509 did not make it out of the House Appropriations Committee before today’s cutoff. However, not being a person who gives up easily, and recognizing the considerable bipartisan support, I will continue working on this policy... READ MORE

    HB 1508: Washington Kids Ready to Learn Act

    March 7, 2018 IT’S OFFICIAL!!   March 6, 2018 Governor Inslee will be signing HB 1508 into law tomorrow at 1:30! Tune into TVW to watch live.   February 19, 2018 The House agreed with the Senate amendments today. Breakfast... READ MORE

    HB 1440: Student Loan Bill of Rights

    March 21, 2017 The companion bill (SB 6029) to my bill was approved by the full House of Representatives today. You can watch my floor speech below speaking in strong support for the Student Loan Bill of Rights. It will... 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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    The Columbian
    Will the court break public-sector unions?

    When Monica Stonier first started working full time as a teacher in 2001, she was more focused on learning her students’ names than about her union, the Washington Education Association. But now Stonier, who has since been elected as a... READ MORE

    The News Tribune
    Washington’s public unions fight to retain influence in face of adverse court ruling

    When Pam Kruse took over the Franklin Pierce Education Association, there were 56 school staffers who weren’t union members. Now there are 10. That’s a signature accomplishment for Kruse, an energetic and charismatic leader who assumed the reins of the... READ MORE

    The Columbian
    Clark County homeowners take a hit as property taxes pile up

    Ridgefield resident Virginia Roberts was expecting her property taxes to go up this year. After all, they’re going up everywhere. But when she saw her bill for $4,139.68 — a nearly 30 percent increase from last year — for her... READ MORE

    The Columbian
    Letter: There’s no end to helping students

    I appreciated the editorial supporting the Breakfast After the Bell bill sponsored by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver (In Our View — “Feeding Kids Sound Policy,” The Columbian, April 23). As Gov. Jay Inslee so eloquently said, ” if you’re going... READ MORE

    The Columbian
    In Our View: Feeding Kids Sound Policy

    Two new state laws revolving around school meals bring up larger questions about the role of government. One law, known as Breakfast After the Bell, will require high-poverty schools to provide meals for children who arrive late for school. As... READ MORE

    The Columbian
    Inslee visits Vancouver, touts Breakfast After the Bell bill

    Gov. Jay Inslee started his week surrounded by children. And no, that isn’t a joke about the Washington state Legislature. Sitting in a third-grade class at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center — the Fruit Valley neighborhood’s elementary school — Inslee... READ MORE

    Seattle Globalist
    Washington Voting Rights Act passes legislature

    The Washington Voting Rights Act has passed both chambers of the legislature — sending the bill to Gov Jay Inslee.

    AP
    Washington House panel OKs bump stock ban

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A House committee has approved a bill that would ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly, similar to the ones used in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    New York Law Journal
    Growing Into the Gig Economy: Pending Legal Challenges for the Industry

    The gig economy is often touted as a natural evolution of the employer-employee relationship, with companies enjoying access to a larger and cheaper pool of talent and workers enjoying flexible hours and a better work/life balance.

    KPQ
    Gig Economy Concerning to Some State Lawmakers

    Being a part of the Gig Economy can sound sort of exciting. Lots of variety, none of that nine-to-five grind . . .

    The Columbian
    Rep. Stonier sponsors ‘Breakfast after the bell,’ to feed more hungry kids

    At Martin Luther King Elementary School, the cafeteria is packed with students grubbing on whole-wheat bagels with cream cheese and fruit before rushing off to class.  

    The Columbian:
    $80 million from capital budget heading to Clark County

    Clark County will finally get funding for a much-anticipated list of infrastructure and construction projects after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the $4.2 billion capital budget on Friday.

    The Columbian
    Stonier now deputy whip for House Democrats

    Washington state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, was elected to a leadership position by members of the House Democratic Caucus on Monday.

    Spokesman Review:
    Washington House backs late breakfast programs at public schools

    OLYMPIA – 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.

    Seattle Times:
    More Washington students could get a meal in expanded breakfast-after-the-bell program

    OLYMPIA — More Washington students would have access to a morning meal under legislation that overwhelmingly passed the state House on Wednesday.

    KNKX:
    ‘Breakfast After The Bell’ May Be Coming Soon To Washington State

    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 Democrats.

    The Columbian:
    2018 Legislative Preview: A short session with a long list of challenges

    When the Washington Legislature meets today a central goal will be finishing their work in the session’s 60 days.

    The Centralia Chronicle:
    More Students Could Get a Meal in Expanded Breakfast-After-the-Bell Program

    OLYMPIA — More Washington students would have access to a morning meal under legislation that overwhelmingly passed the state House on Wednesday.

    Contact

    Email Monica

    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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