3rdLDnewsletter2016It’s an honor to work for my friends and neighbors in the heart of Spokane. The 2016 session is now behind us, and if you’d like to see a brief wrap-up that I prepared along with my seatmates, Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Sen. Andy Billig, just click the image at right and our post-session newsletter will open in a new window.

Looking ahead, the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be one of the most crucial in a generation or more.  Our job is to create a responsible and sustainable state budget that fully funds K-12 education, while continuing our efforts to rebuild our tattered social safety net, which has been stretched to the breaking point since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008.

As the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee — the panel responsible for crafting the state operating budget — I will be facing the greatest challenge in my legislative career.  The work on this monumental task has already begun, and will continue until a final budget is voted on during the closing days of the 2017 session.

I would like to keep you posted on how we’re progressing day by day, but from July 1 through next November’s election, the ways that I and other lawmakers can communicate with our constituents are governed by strict election-year rules.  During this time, I won’t be able to update this website, and I won’t be allowed to initiate contact with you or the media by mail or email.

However, I still work for you, and I can and will respond quickly if you need information or have a legislative issue you’d like me to work on.  Simply contact me with your requests and concerns and either I or my legislative aide will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also . . .

Please stay in touch.



Rep. Timm Ormsby was born and raised in the heart of Spokane. Like his 3rd-district constituents, Timm knows first-hand the value of hard work and the challenges facing working families. He is a cement mason by trade, and has been a member of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association Local 72 since 1990. He is also a past president of Local 72, and has been the business representative for the Northeastern Washington – Northern Idaho Building & Construction Trades Council since 2000.

In Olympia, Timm serves as chair of the House Appropriations Committee – the panel charged with writing the House version of the state’s biennial operating budget. He’s also a member of the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee.

Timm has served on a number of other committees during his tenure in Olympia, including the Labor and Workforce Committee, and for several years was vice chair of the House Capital Budget Committee, developing the state’s construction budget. He is a special appointee to the State Investment Board and the Select Committee on Pension Policy, which he chaired in 2013-14, and is also a special appointee to the Washington State Investment Board.

In addition to his legislative duties, Timm is an active member of the Spokane community and is affiliated with numerous civic organizations. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs, and is a former board member of United Way of Spokane County and Rebuilding Together Spokane.

Timm, who has served his friends and neighbors with pride since coming to the Legislature in 2003, is married to Kim Ormsby and has three children and four grandchildren.


  • Rep. Timm Ormsby of Spokane to chair House budget panel | News - May 4, 2016
    OLYMPIA — Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) has been named Chair of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee in the Washington state House of Representatives. Ormsby‘s appointment comes as lawmakers prepare for what is widely predicted to be the most challenging budget session... READ MORE
  • House Democrats announce support for Dr. Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine | News - June 23, 2015
    OLYMPIA – Following the tragic loss of Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University, students and leaders across the state have rallied around the idea of naming the WSU medical school in his honor. In that spirit, State... READ MORE
  • As Seen on TV(W) | News - April 1, 2015
      We’re fortunate here in Washington to have almost universal access to TVW, often described as our state’s version of C-SPAN.  TVW offers wall-to-wall coverage of the Legislature, and produces outstanding public-affairs programs like “The Impact,” which airs Wednesdays at... READ MORE
  • 3rd LD lawmakers to host telephone town hall | News - January 21, 2014
    Who: Senator Andy Billig and Representatives Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli (Spokane) What: Telephone town hall When: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 Spokane residents should receive a call at about 6:15 PM on January 22. To participate, simply... READ MORE
  • 3rd District Legislators praise transportation budget that will create jobs, improve transit | News - April 28, 2013
    Both chambers of the Washington state legislature passed a transportation budget for the 2013-15 biennium today. The $8.4 billion budget passed on bipartisan votes of 46-1 in the Senate and 72-25 in the House. “I am pleased with the bipartisan... READ MORE
  • Contact

    Olympia Address:
    LEG 122G
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA

    (360) 786-7946
    Email Timm

    Legislative Assistant:
    Shannon Waechter
    Email: Shannon.Waechter@leg.wa.gov

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

    Appropriations (Vice Chair)

    For Press Inquiries, broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208

    Washington State House Democrats

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