Elected Experience: State Senator (1997-present); Senate President Pro Tempore (2013, 2014, 2017); State Representative (1991-1997); Mason County Commissioner (2004-2016); Mason County PUD #1 Commissioner (1999-2003); Commissioner, Port of Hoodsport (1988-1994).
Other Professional Experience: General Partner, Sheldon Properties. Operating a family-owned tree farm selling high-quality saw logs, gravel and oysters.
Education: Master’s Degree Business Administration, University of Washington, 1972; Bachelor of Science Economics, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, 1969.
Community Service: Executive Board Member, Energy Northwest (public power) representing ratepayers of the Pacific Northwest; Member, Washington Farm Forestry Association; Regular speaker at service groups and community events.
Statement: Senator Tim Sheldon is a native of the 35th District. He is known as a legislator who works with members of all political parties to find common sense solutions without new taxes. Senator Sheldon has dedicated his life to public service, making him an extremely effective advocate for his district and the safety and well being of his constituents. He regularly surveys his district and consistently votes to uphold their views. He never sacrifices the needs of his constituents to support a party-line vote.
Senator Sheldon championed a tiny house village for our veterans in need to end veterans' homelessness in Mason County.
As the legislature’s most senior member, he serves on Senate Rules, Transportation, and Energy, Environment and Telecommunications committees. Of the 1,142-recorded votes in the 2017/2018 legislative sessions, Senator Sheldon was present and voted on every bill. He mails a “report card” of his votes to his constituents after every session. Senator Sheldon serves with integrity and total commitment to his district.
Senator Sheldon was elected by his fellow senators to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore. As the presiding officer, he has earned the respect of Senate members for his diplomatic leadership style.