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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

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Ask Brian: Microhousing & Electrical Contracting

Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen talks about his House Bill 1085, which offers flexibility for local governments to permit and encourage small housing developments. He also talks about his House Bill 1952, which would allow cities that conduct electrical inspections to... READ MORE

Blake’s 1/19/18 Update: Hirst / Capital Budget / Equal Pay / Higher Ed / Opioids / Orcas

Dear friends, It’s been a very busy first two weeks of session and there’s a lot to report. First, the breaking news: we passed a Hirst fix bill and a Capital Budget, and they are headed to the governor’s desk.... READ MORE

Rep. Blake’s Video Update: Hirst Fix and Capital Budget bills

Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, talks about finally reaching an agreement on a fix for the Hirst issue. The bill (SB 6091) ensures water will be available to support development and establishes a task force on water resource mitigation. Blake also... READ MORE

Takko and Blake secure millions for construction projects in the 19th District

OLYMPIA—Earlier this evening, the Senate and House of Representatives passed a $4.18 billion-investment capital budget. SB 6090 includes a record $1 billion to build new public schools, a key provision to help school districts reduce K-3 class sizes, as well... READ MORE


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Contact

District Address:

1329 Broadway Street, Suite 205
Longview, WA 98632
360-353-5241

Olympia Address:

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) 786-7206
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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