1329 Broadway Street, Suite 205
Longview, WA 98632
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Brian was a logger for ten years before he became an environmental specialist for the Department of Corrections. He is a current member of the Coastal Harvest board, a food-bank distribution center, and is on the board of the Lower Columbia Community Action Program. He was also active in the community through his previous involvement in the Citizens for Washington Wildlife.
His legislative priorities are family wage jobs, education, and sound agriculture and natural resources policy.
Brian was recently named Legislator of the Year by the State Farm Bureau for his many accomplishments, including:
- Legislation to keep local biomass facilities open, preserving hundreds of jobs
- Securing funding for local retraining programs for displaced workers and soldiers returning home.
- Getting $425,000 to add more lights to the Chehalis River Bridge to make it safer and end the long battle between the state and the city of Aberdeen over who foots the bill.
Brian’s ancestors settled in Southwest Washington before statehood. He is a hunter, fisherman, and advocate for public access to public lands.
Brian has been in office since 2002.
Resident of Aberdeen. Married to Debra Thomas-Blake.
Aberdeen High School
A. S. Forestry, Grays Harbor C.C.
B. S. Environmental Studies, TESC
10 years logging, Contract Forester for Weyerhaeuser Co.
3 years Environmental Specialist III, Dept. of Corrections
ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS & ORGANIZATIONS
Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply during Drought
Electron Dam Salmon Passage Work Group
Recreation on State Trust Lands Work Group
Council of State Governments – WEST Legislative Council on River Governance
Western Legislative Forestry Task Force
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Board member, Coastal Harvest Food-bank Distribution Center
Board member, Lower Columbia Community Action Program
Citizen activist lobbying for access to our natural heritage.
YEARS IN THE HOUSE