Elected Experience: Elected to the state Senate in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Senate Republican Caucus Leader. Former Majority Whip.
Other Professional Experience: Small business owner for 23 years and winner of several employer awards, including Small Business Advocate of the Year and the Dr. Pedro Celis, FUERZA award.. Serves on the Legislative Committee on Economic Development; the Community Economic Revitalization Board: and the Aerospace Council. Senate Facilities and Operation (Board of Directors).
Education: No information submitted
Community Service: Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the year. Former Chairman of the Walla Planning Commission. Past President and current member of the Walla Walla Rotary Club. Past Member of; YMCA; State Penitentiary Advisory Council.
Statement: It’s been an honor to represent the people of the 16th Legislative District for the past 12 years. I have spent my whole life in this area and operated a small business here for 23 years. My priorities in the Legislature have been supporting policies that help employers create jobs, creating a sustainable budget, protecting the most vulnerable and caring for our veterans.
I have worked diligently to bring economic development projects to our district, region and state.
In addition to serving as 16th District senator, it’s been an honor to serve as Senate Republican Caucus Leader since 2005. In that capacity I recently led the bipartisan coalition that proposed and passed several landmark reforms, including a first-in-the-nation balanced budget requirement that forces legislators to consider the long-term costs of their spending choices. It is true that balancing our budget and reforming government will require sacrifices. Those sacrifices should be shared; that’s why I took a voluntary pay cut as well.
I hope on Nov. 6 you will afford me the opportunity to serve you for another four years.