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Biography

Brian Blake represents the 19th District, including all of Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, and parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties.

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.

PERSONAL
Resident of Aberdeen. Married to Debra Thomas-Blake.

EDUCATION
Aberdeen High School
A. S. Forestry, Grays Harbor C.C.
B. S. Environmental Studies, TESC

EMPLOYMENT
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
Coastal Caucus
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Board member, Coastal Harvest Food-bank Distribution Center
Board member, Lower Columbia Community Action Program

PUBLIC SERVICE
Citizen activist lobbying for access to our natural heritage.

YEARS IN THE HOUSE
Since 2002

Newsfeed

$15.5 million for 19th district in supplemental construction budget passed today

OLYMPIA—This afternoon the House of Representatives passed SB 6095, the 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget on a 96-2 vote. The Supplemental Capital Budget makes corrections and adjustments to the Biennial Capital Budget, which was approved and signed into law in January.... READ MORE

A message on the Public Records Bill Veto

Dear friends and neighbors, As you know, last week I voted in support of SB 6617, aimed at taking first steps toward government transparency in the Legislature for the first time in decades. The bill included opening correspondence with lobbyists... READ MORE

Rep. Blake’s 2/16/18 Update: Officer Schlimme / Economic Development in Rural WA / College Bound / Corporate Crime

Video Update: Officer Matthew E. Schlimme The House passed House Joint Memorial 4011 earlier this week on a unanimous vote. I introduced this memorial to petition the federal government, which is currently building a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters,... READ MORE

Rep. Blake’s Video Update: Officer Matthew E. Schlimme

Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, introduced House Joint Memorial 4011 to petition the federal government, which is currently building a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters, to name one of the cutters after Petty Officer Third Class Matthew E. Schlimme of... READ MORE

Fairs across the state could soon see an economic boost

OLYMPIA—Fairgoers and organizers could soon have new reasons to celebrate thanks to two of Rep. Brian Blake’s bills that would designate fairs as economic drivers for their communities and ensure funding for their operations. House Bill 2725, which passed the... READ MORE


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Contact

LEG 437A
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA
98504-0600

(360) 786-7870
Email Brian

Legislative Assistant:
Dawn Thomas
Email: Dawn.Thomas@leg.wa.gov

Toll-free Hotline:
1-800-562-6000
1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

Committees:
Agriculture & Natural Resources (Chair)
Business & Financial Services
Commerce & Gaming

For Press Inquiries:
Lilia P. Nieto, Senior Communications Specialist
(360) 786-7375
Lilia.Nieto@leg.wa.gov

For broadcast-quality audio or TV/radio interviews:
Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
(360) 786-7208
Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov


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