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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Bridges to a Better Government: Dollars & cents in the spotlight as Senate reaches fiscal ‘cutoff’
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Bridges to a Better Government: Dollars & cents in the spotlight as Senate reaches fiscal ‘cutoff’
The 2015 legislative session is nearly halfway through. Tomorrow is yet another key deadline – the cutoff for bills before the Ways and Means and Transportation committees. Bills considered “necessary to implement the budget” are still considered alive even after this deadline. As a member of Ways and Means, the...
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Senate supports Brown’s call for action on federal nuclear-waste repository
Press Conference concerning energy, February 4, 2015.
Senate supports Brown’s call for action on federal nuclear-waste repository
The Senate today unanimously adopted Senate Joint Memorial 8000, a measure introduced by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, which asks Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy to establish and develop a permanent federal nuclear-waste repository. “In order for Washington to make the most of its...
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Bridges to a Better Government: Busy week as deadlines approach
Sen. Sharon Brown with guests
Bridges to a Better Government: Busy week as deadlines approach
As we approach one of these deadlines, the pace of action always picks up; however, no matter how busy we get, I always do my best to make time to meet with visitors. This is especially true for those who make the nearly four-hour trek from our district. This week...
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Senate adopts Brown resolution on Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
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Senate adopts Brown resolution on Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
A Richland grandmother’s story led Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, to introduce a resolution today to recognize and celebrate the American Heart Association’s designation of the week of Feb. 7-14 in 2015 and each succeeding year as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. “Camden is three years old and it is his...
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