Elected Experience: Representative 24th Legislative District 2011 to present; Three term Clallam County Commissioner 2000-2012
Other Professional Experience: Past Small Business Owner of value-added wood products business
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Colorado College; Certified Volunteer Mediator, Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center
Community Service: United Way Access to Health Care Committee; Clallam County Chemical Dependency Mental Health Advisory Board; Carlsborg Urban Growth Area Task Force; Clallam County Economic Development Council; Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board; Ecosystem Coordination Board for Puget Sound Partnership; Watershed Planning Implementation, Biodiversity Council (both Legislative Advisory committees); Olympic Consortium for Workforce Development; Council of Governments for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.
Statement: Steve Tharinger has served the voters of the 24th District by creating and maintaining jobs; keeping our working lands productive, while protecting our natural resources and quality of life. In his first term as a legislator, he worked across the aisle to fund capital projects in the District creating jobs for today, while building the infrastructure for jobs of tomorrow. He fought and prevailed to maintain rural health care funding.
Steve will continue to advocate for affordable, accessible health care for Peninsula families, and families statewide. He knows investments in infrastructure and education improve our economy today and for generations.