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Steve Tharinger is a former small business owner and past three term Clallam County Commissioner who lives in Dungeness with his wife, Yvonne.

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 and serves 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.

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, Steve served on Salmon Recovery Funding Board from 2002 to 2010 and as chair from 2008-10). He helped write the state’s new Alzheimer’s plan and co-chairs the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability.


  • Tharinger and Chapman applaud passage of $4 billion construction budget | News - January 19, 2018
    OLYMPIA—The construction budget passed by the House and Senate will build a record $ 1 billion in new public schools and includes more than $46 million in local projects in the 24th District. “This budget will put people to work... READ MORE
  • Work session forces postponement of Forks town hall meeting | News - December 6, 2017
    OLYMPIA — A town hall meeting scheduled for Forks on Dec. 12 will be rescheduled due to a critical meeting on water rights. The meeting, hosted by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Dungeness, and Rep. Mike... READ MORE
  • One Washington: Lawmakers come to Grays Harbor on first stop of rural development tour | News - September 12, 2017
    ABERDEEN—More than a dozen state representatives, including Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, came to the Rotary Log Pavilion for the first stop on a listening tour in timber and farm country. “It was great to see so many local... READ MORE
  • Governor signs Tharinger bill to help rural hospitals | News - May 9, 2017
    OLYMPIA—Hospitals in remote parts of Washington state will get help from a new law written by Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim). “In rural Washington, hospitals are the foundation that health care is built upon,” Rep. Tharinger said. “This legislation will maintain... READ MORE
  • New school being built with cross-laminated timber | News - May 1, 2017
    Here’s some recent press coverage about the local school now under construction using cross-laminated timber. This new technology has great potential for creating jobs in timber country while reducing the risk of expensive wildfires, since it makes thinning forests far more... READ MORE
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