Elected Experience: Two-term State Representative serving on the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the Early Learning & Human Services Committee; previous five-term chairman, Grant County Republican Party
Other Professional Experience: Tom Dent Aviation, 40 years offering flight instruction and aerial application; Flying T Ranch, producing grass-fed beef, bison, and hay
Education: Othello High School; Big Bend Community College; Professional Flight Training, 1975; Airline Transport Pilot training, 1980
Community Service: Chaired Moses Lake TMDL Committee; Moses Lake Airport Commissioner; Grant County Sheriff’s Posse; Immanuel Lutheran Church; foster parent. Recipient, 2017 National Child Health Advocate of the Year Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Statement: Tom Dent is a bipartisan leader who always puts the working families and farms of Central Washington first. A rancher and pilot, Tom fights against more regulations, government overreach, and taxes. He fights for good jobs and strong families. Tom sponsored the new Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights law, supporting our foster families helping vulnerable kids.
Tom leads the Wildfire Caucus in Olympia, building support for a smarter approach to fighting and preventing wildfires. A recognized leader on agriculture, aviation, and youth issues, Tom Dent is a focused legislator working on the issues that matter to us.