City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: State representative
Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1977.
Political experience: Appointed to current House seat in 2003. Elected to seat every two years since 2004. Current chairman of House Appropriations Committee and member of House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee.
Work experience: Thirty-seven years in construction, primarily as a concrete finisher. Business representative for Northeastern Washington-Northern Idaho Building Trades Council since 2000. President of Spokane Regional Labor Council. Board member of SNAP and Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Member of Spokane Area League of Women Voters. Past board member of Spokane County United Way.
Family: Divorced and remarried. Has three adult children.
A routine vote over House rules turned into a brief debate over one of the GOP’s favorite budget ideas: Fund education first
House agrees to extend school districts extra taxing authority for one year.
School districts would get another year of higher property tax collections under the first bill the full House passed Monday.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated by popular lawmaker Kevin Parker, who announced he wouldn’t seek re-election earlier this year.
Incumbent Timm Ormsby faces Republican Laura Carder in the 3rd Legislative District.
Opponents of state Rep. Timm Ormsby in the Aug. 2 Washington primary say it’s time for the incumbent to go. “He’s been there long enough,” said Republican Laura Carder. “I think he is taking the voters way too much for granted.”
For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.
Rep. Timm Ormsby was named chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.