A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington) in the 2010 Washington General Election
Elected Experience: Served as state Senator since 1994; served as State Representative from 1991 to 1994.
Other Professional Experience: Most recent standing committee assignments: Ranking Republican Member, Natural Resources, Ocean and Recreation; Environment, Water & Energy; Agriculture and Rural Economic Development. Special Committees: Western Legislative Forestry Task Force, past Chairman; Council of State Governments Columbia River Governance Committee.
Education: B.A., Alfred University, History and Political Science; B.D., Alfred University School of Theology.
Community Service: Citizens for a Great Northwest; Kettle River Grange; Washington State Grange; Washington State Pilot's Association; Kettle Falls Chamber of Commerce; Stevens County Cattlemen's Association; Washington Cattlemen's Association; Washington State Farm Bureau.
Statement: I am seeking reelection to the state Senate to continue advocating preservation of our rural way of life. Throughout my Legislative years, I sought out committee assignments that put me in key positions of influence over policies on natural resources, agriculture, water, energy, parks, and the environment. I will continue to encourage urban lawmakers to understand the importance of balancing our state’s strong environmental principles with sensible resource management.
Government should understand how tax burdens impact families and businesses. Just as families must live within their means, government must live within its means. Tax increases to fund new government programs during a fragile economy will only serve to further delay a strong and swift economic recovery.
Strong educational standards that adequately prepare our youth for the future management of our goods, services, and values is the best long-term economic asset we possess. I pledge to seek stewardship of our resources that will enhance our communities, brighten our lives, and give future stability for our children and economy.
I humbly ask for your vote so I can continue to represent your interests in Olympia. I always welcome visitors from home during the Legislative session, and look forward to your visit.