I’m honored to work in Olympia on behalf of my friends and neighbors in the 42nd  district. The 2020 legislative session began January 13th. I will focus on increasing access to rural childcare, reducing incarceration rates through improved data collection, greening our transportation, and boosting affordable housing.


Last session was a huge success. We wrapped up our work in the allotted 105 days. And there was a lot of work. This was a so-called “long” session in which legislators were charged with drafting the operating, transportation, and capital construction budgets for the next two years. We also passed major new reforms on clean energy, the environment, health care, housing, transportation, and public safety. To see my session summary, please click here.

This session is shorter than the last, which means less time spent budgeting and more time spent on issues directly impacting the 42nd. It’s also a great time to contact me with changes you’d like to see in your communities. For the 60 days of this session, we hit the ground running with bills aimed at lowering consumer costs for natural gas and improving access to childcare in rural Washington.

It’s my continuing privilege to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, which considers key issues for Whatcom County and our whole state.  I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Legislature addresses these challenges creatively and responsibly.

Ours is a representative democracy, and I cannot lose sight of the fact that I am simply the representative, the voice in Olympia, for constituents in every part of our beautiful district.  To do this job effectively I need to hear from you — your questions, comments, ideas for legislation, and feedback on how my fellow lawmakers and I are doing. Regardless of how busy the work here can become, either I or my legislative aide will respond to your emails, phone calls, or letters as quickly as possible.

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