Rep. Steve Tharinger’s Biography

Steve Tharinger was first elected to the Legislature in 2010 to represent the 24th Legislative District, which includes all of Clallam and Jefferson counties and a portion of Grays Harbor County.

He has a long record of community service, volunteerism, and small business experience.Back home, Rep. Tharinger is a former Clallam County commissioner and small business owner.

He is a member of the Sequim Sunrise Rotary and a state-certified, volunteer mediator with the Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center.

In 1994, Rep. Tharinger received the Clallam County Community Service Award.He lives in Dungeness with his wife, Yvonne.

Years in Legislature: 2nd Term

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College

Community Activities and Appointments:

Community Development

  • Clallam County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (chair)
  • Board of the Clallam County Economic Development Council
  • Board of the United Way of Clallam County from 2003-2009 (Treasurer 2003-2006)
  • Clallam County Planning Commission from 1992-1997 (chair 1995-1997)
  • Carlsborg Urban Growth Area Task Force (chair 1994)
  • Clallam County Forest/Mineral Lands Committee (1991)
  • Clallam County Agricultural Resource Lands Committee
  • Clallam County Agricultural Advisory Committee (chair)


  • United Way Access to Health Care Committee and Community Solutions Committee
  • Clallam County Board of Health
  • Clallam County Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Fund Advisory Board (chair)
  • State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Health Care Reform Realization Committee

Natural Resource Issues

  • Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Board (ex-officio member since 2011)
  • Dungeness River Management Team
  • Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board since 2002 (chair since 2008)
  • Salmon Recovery Council and Ecosystem Coordination Board, Puget Sound Partnership
  • Watershed Planning Implementation, Washington Biodiversity Council (state legislative advisory committees)

Regional Representation

  • Council of Governments for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, which includes Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
  • Peninsula Regional Support Network for Mental Health (chair) and the Olympic Consortium for Workforce Development, both of which include Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties
  • Washington State North Coast Local Loan Board
  • Washington Association of Counties’ Coastal Caucus
Olympia Office
JLOB 368
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7904
Email Steve

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

Finance Committee (Vice Chair)

Appropriations Committee

Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

Environment Committee

Health Care and Wellness Committee

Legislative Appointments
Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation

Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability