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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.


  • How can we create more opportunity and jobs in rural Washington? | News - May 12, 2018
    Lawmakers meet with leaders and stakeholders in Port Angeles PORT ANGELES—A packed room of stakeholder and business leaders met with lawmakers from around the state to talk about boosting jobs and development in rural Washington. “The first job of leadership... READ MORE
  • Lawmakers weigh in on fixes for local economy | News - May 7, 2018
    The group of Democratic legislators representing the 19th and 24th Legislative Districts said Monday they’d like more direction from local leaders looking for a solution to the traffic mess created by growing rail traffic in East Aberdeen. The lawmakers, Sen.... READ MORE
  • State lawmakers to visit Port Angeles for rural economic development meeting | News - May 7, 2018
    Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, and Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger, among others, will discuss rural economic development in Port Angeles this Thursday. Click below for the story: State lawmakers, leaders to visit Port Angeles for rural economic... READ MORE
  • One Washington: Lawmakers host rural summit in Port Angeles on May 10 | News - May 2, 2018
    OLYMPIA—Lawmakers and leaders from near and far, including Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, are scheduled to come to Port Angeles on May 10 to discuss rural economic development. “This is about... READ MORE
  • Democrats’ plan cuts taxes, balances budget and increases reserves | News - March 8, 2018
    OLYMPIA — The Legislature adjourned today after passing a balanced budget plan that will provide property tax relief while leaving a healthy reserve fund for future emergencies such as wildfires or unexpected economic downturns. Closer to home, a proviso in... READ MORE
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