Elected Experience: 4th District State Senator November 2011-present; 4th District State Representative (8 terms) January 1981- March 1995; Spokane County District Court Judge (3 terms) March 1995-January 2007
Other Professional Experience: Judicial Liaison, National Highway Traffic Safety Commission November 2008- February 2011; Spokane County District Court Judge (3 terms) March 1995-January 2007; Twice elected District Court Presiding Judge; 4th District State Representative (8 terms) January 1981- March 1995; Chairman, Law & Justice Committee; Majority Floor Leader; Ranking Minority Member, Judiciary Committee; Attorney, self-employed 1977 - March 1995; City attorney, Deer Park 1977-1980
Education: BA, Political Science, Gonzaga University; JD, Gonzaga School of Law
Community Service: No information submitted
Statement: Last year the legislature made a modest start in efforts to reform state government. Much more needs to be done. Waste and fraud must be found and eliminated so that more dollars help those truly in need. Attention needs to focus on reducing regulations and taxes that make it difficult for employers to grow their businesses and hire new people into their work force. To enhance job creation, I will continue to push for a waiver of the B&O tax for new start up businesses. I will also continue to call for a special session dedicated to the repeal of onerous regulations. Our state has a very high number of start up business, but also a very high failure rate.
K-12 Education needs to be funded first as a budget priority. More money needs to get into the classroom but in a way that emphasizes academic excellence, quality education and measured results.
The rights of private property owners and gun owners need to be respected.
How the state treats the vulnerable of society, the unborn, disabled, sick and elderly, says much about our values. I will work to keep the state a partner with private organizations in supporting those communities.