Tri-Cities’ new senator brings mid-Columbia values to Legislature

Senator Sharon BrownAfter taking the oath of office administered by Washington State Supreme Court Justice James Johnson, the Senate’s newest member, Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, affirmed her desire to bring to state government the values that have made the Tri-Cities successful. Brown, who served as Kennewick mayor pro tem until her recent appointment to fill the 8th Legislative District Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, was flanked by husband Fraser Hawley and daughter Kenzie during her swearing-in ceremony Monday.

“It is truly an honor to represent the people of the 8th Legislative District, and it is my intention to educate some of my western Washington colleagues about ways the Tri-Cities have succeeded in the hope that what we’ve done can serve as a statewide model,” Brown said. “During my four years as a city councilor I have seen firsthand how decisions made in Olympia don’t always translate well across the rest of Washington, and I want to add my voice to the chorus working on behalf of our central and eastern Washington residents.”

Brown will serve on the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee, the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, and the Transportation Committee. Aside from serving on the Kennewick City Council, in her professional life, Brown is an attorney for Hanford subcontractor Longnecker & Associates.

Brown has five children. Her twin 24-year-old sons have degrees from Washington State University, her youngest son is an engineering student at the University of Washington, her oldest daughter is attending Colby College in Maine, and her youngest daughter is a junior at Hanford High School. Brown graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.

“I also thank Jerome Delvin for all his years of public service,” Brown continued. “His leadership and dedication to the people of the 8th District have been exemplary and I hope to continue the tradition of always being available to my constituents. My door will remain open and I look forward to speaking with everyone about the issues facing our great state.”

Delvin was elected in November to the Benton County Commission and stepped down from the state Senate on Friday. Brown’s office phone number will remain the same as Delvin’s, 360-786-7614 or 800-562-6000.

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