Friends and neighbors,

Welcome to my website! I’m Sharon Brown, your Washington State Senator for the 8th Legislative District. Thank you for taking the time to participate in your state government.

When I came to Olympia at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, I had three priorities…jobs, education and a sustainable budget. I believe we must find creative ways to streamline state government’s interaction with private businesses in order to free up their resources to start creating more jobs. Reforming our state’s business and regulatory laws will go a long way toward helping people get back to work.

I also believe it is our responsibility to create an environment where our kids can get a world-class education right here at home. A number of education reform proposals have surfaced which I believe will not only uphold our constitutionally-mandated responsibility to provide for basic education, but help us meet the state Supreme Court’s requirements set forth in the McCleary decision as well.

Finally, none of those things would be possible without a balanced, sustainable budget. It is the cornerstone upon which the rest of state government is based. For too long, state government has become used to spending beyond its means and its time we begin to take a more realistic approach to funding state programs and services. The most recent revenue forecast shows our state will be taking in more tax dollars than at any time in history, which means we can – and should – adopt a budget that balances without relying on tax increases.

As always, it is my honor to represent you in the Washington State Senate. I look forward to hearing from you via e-mail, phone or in person. Representative government depends on citizen input and participation, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. My door in Olympia is always open.

Thank you for visiting! Please contact me with any questions.

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One of the best parts of any session is the arrival of Tri-Cities Day and seeing some of our best ambassadors visit us here in Olympia. Senators Mark Schoesler, Mike Hewitt and I welcomed the members of the Tri-Cities Legislative Council, who also received briefings from Speaker of the House...
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From left to right: Port of Benton Commissioner and Vice President Robert Larson, Sen. Sharon Brown, Ms. Eileen Wagner (daughter of the late Senator Max Benitz), Vickie Era (former LA to Sen. Benitz), Port of Benton Executive Director Scott D Keller, and Port of Benton Director of Economic Development Diahann Howard
Brown leads Senate in recalling contributions of late Senator Max Benitz
A life dedicated to public service led Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, to introduce a resolution commemorating one of her 8th Legislative District predecessors, the late Sen. Max Benitz, for his work in agriculture, education, and energy. Senate Resolution 8697 was approved last Friday. “Senator Benitz helped pave the way for...
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Washington already has a one-stop process for locating major energy facilities; Sen. Sharon Brown has come up with a way to speed the process along and get to the job-creation part sooner. Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on a measure that would streamline...
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Growing jobs in Washington’s economic garden
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