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.

Latest News

Getting Smart on Crime
Getting Smart on Crime
Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to...
Read More
Time for Olympia to get “Smart on Crime”
Time for Olympia to get “Smart on Crime”
  In this week’s video update, Sen. Sharon Brown shares highlights from Week 11 of the 2017 Legislative Session. Among other topics, Sen. Brown discusses the “Smart on Crime” bill, which looks to use savings and efficiency improvements in the criminal justice system to help fund enhanced sentences for sexual...
Read More
Senate panel considers Brown measure to bring fairness to taxpayer appeals
Senate panel considers Brown measure to bring fairness to taxpayer appeals
Today the Senate Law and Justice Committee held a public hearing on a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that would reform the state tax-appeals system to bring greater fairness and efficiencies. Senate Bill 5866 would accomplish this by creating a statewide elected Tax Appeals Division of the appeals court...
Read More
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session
There are just five-and-a-half weeks to go in the 2017 regular legislative session. Several of my bills have already received hearings in the House of Representatives, and other bills related to budget are receiving hearings in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. …This week the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming endorsed my...
Read More
Keep Reading

Subscribe

Those who receive my regulare-newsletters have access to inside information straight from the state Capitol, often before members of the media have a chance to report it. Sign up today, and you can take the next step toward participating directly in your state government.

I'm Here to Serve You

A representative government only works when those represented take an active part in the process. I'm here to serve you, and your direct input helps me do my job better. Please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail, phone or by mail, or make an appointment to see me in person. I look forward to hearing from you!